Art and cars: Kayili artists

Kayili artists Mary Gibson, Mrs Kumana Ward, Pulpurru Davies, Nola Campbell and Jackie Kurltjunyintja Giles have each indulged a love of colour, animating their car bonnet’s surface with shimmering, cryptic, topographical maps of their country, and the ancestral journeys that formed it. Patjarr, home to the Kayili artists, is a small community of around 20–30…

Sally Gabori: This is My Land, This is My Sea, This is Who I Am

In 2022 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924-2015) was named one of Queensland’s Greats, the awards this year recognising a contemporary Queensland artist who made a significant international impact in the art world. Sally Gabori is also having her first major solo international exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, opened by Australian Prime Minister…

Artwork recalls Queensland’s history

From dugonging (1847–1969) to mineral mining (1949–2019), industry has had disastrous cultural and environmental ramifications on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). In The tide waits for no one 2020–21 (illustrated), Megan Cope addresses these complex social histories, examining their impacts on the land and on generations of its Traditional Owners, the Quandamooka people. At the turn…

Margaret Rarru Garrawurra creates timeless forms

Arnhem Land artist Margaret Rarru Garrawurra has won the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for 2022 with a work featuring her signature rich black-dyed pandanus which she is renowned for. A closely-guarded process she discovered through rigorous experimentation, the dense charcoal coloration emphases the hand-weaving process. You can view works by…

Transitions Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Forms & Images

In ‘Transitions Now: Contemporary Aboriginal Forms and Images’ at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), innovative textured and sculpted works illustrate Aboriginal Australian artists’ ongoing commitment to declaring their identity and vital presence in contemporary society. In dynamic juxtapositions, individual and group artistic statements predominate over strictly held categories, demonstrating the immeasurable contribution Aboriginal artists…

Warriors without a weapon

In these intimate intergenerational portraits, Naomi Hobson shares an affectionate representation of Kaantju and Umpila boys, men and elders from her community. Adorned in vibrant flowers found in their hometown of Coen in far north Queensland, these ‘warriors without a weapon’ share the cultural practice of decorating their beards in preparation of ceremony and to…