Vale: Gordon Shepherdson

QAGOMA pays tribute to Brisbane painter Gordon Shepherdson (1934–2019) who passed away in July – an enduring presence in the local art community over many decades, Shepherdson was known for his unique approach to expressionist figuration. People, flowers, animals, the night sky and his favourite fishing spots – he painted them from memory with both…

Vale: Monir Sharoudy Farmanfarmaian

We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1924–2019) on Saturday 20 April. Over a career of six decades, Farmanfarmaian created art that was at once radical and deeply invested in tradition. She drew from Iranian architecture, the traditions of Islamic geometry and pattern, as well as techniques such…

Vale: Lee Wen

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing on 3 March of the much-loved artist, organiser and mentor to many, Lee Wen (1957-2019). A central figure in Singaporean contemporary art for three decades, Lee contributed the performance Journey of a yellow man no. 13: Fragmented bodies/shifting ground 1999 to ‘The 3rd Asia Pacific Triennial of…

Vale: Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta

On 28 January, Mrs Waal-Waal Ngallametta (1944–2019), one of Queensland’s most esteemed senior artists, passed away at the age of 74, surrounded by family at her home in Aurukun, in far north Queensland. A traditional owner, elder of the Putch clan and cultural leader of the Wik and Kugu people, Mrs Ngallametta is remembered for…

Charles Blackman, Australia 1928-2018 / The Blue Alice 1956-57

Vale: Charles Blackman

The recent passing of Charles Blackman at 90 (1928 – 20 August 2018) allows us to reflect on what a significant figure in Australian art he was and what a long, prolific and distinguished career he had. Born in Sydney in 1928, Blackman left school before the age of fourteen, and worked at the Sydney…

Gideon Kakabin with commissioned Loloi of Tutana’s for APT9, 19 July 2018

Vale: Gideon Kakabin

We are deeply saddened at the passing of beloved artist, historian and elder of Gunantuna (Tolai peoples) Gideon Kakabin (1956 – 20 August 2018) at 62. Known to many in Australia through his passions for culture and history, Gideon began his career as one of Papua New Guinea’s leading software programmers. His story is included…