Moving Pictures

The renovation of our Collection storage facility at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) posed a particular challenge for the curators in Australian Art. The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Galleries and Queensland Artists’ Gallery will be temporarily closed during the renovation period, resulting in many treasured works from the Australian Art Collection being away from…

Gain an insight into Sally Gabori’s painting technique

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s instinct for colour and composition approaches abstraction while conveying a deep connection to her important places and family. We continue our series on her work by profiling this painting table on which she painted many of her smaller works. This is the tabletop on which Sally Gabori painted many of her…

Sally Gabori paints her grandfather’s country

We continue our series on the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, senior Kaiadilt artist from Bentinck Island in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Like so many great artists, Sally Gabori excelled at painting the world she knew, here you are introduced to her grandfather’s country. ‘Dingkari is an outside hunting ground to…

Why is an outstation on Bentinck Island important to Sally Gabori?

We continue our series on Sally Gabori’s paintings, here we introduce you to Nyinyilki, an outstation on Bentinck Island, off the coast of North Queensland. ‘Nyinyilki or main base is where we built the outstation when we got our land back. That is why we call it main base as well’ Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori Nyinyilki…

Sally Gabori paints her father’s country

We continue our series on the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori currently showing at the Queensland Art Gallery until 28 August 2016. The exhibition includes the artist’s early paintings, her large collaborative works with other Kaiadilt women, and her almost monochromatic recent paintings and works on paper. Sally Gabori’s depictions of her homeland are…

Sally Gabori’s Mirdidingki: My Country

‘This is where I was born on Bentinck Island next to the Mirdidingki River’ Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori In Sally Gabori’s paintings places and people are inseparable, stemming from the Kaiadilt tradition of naming people through association with the place and totem one was born into. By adding the Kaiadilt suffix ~ngathi (meaning ‘born at’)…