“My name is Jimmy Deen and I am a qualified tradesman painter. Several years ago I decided to explore my Aboriginal Heritage through the art of painting traditional dotted colours of the outback, and also introducing bright colours into my artwork. My totem is the Gangurru, the Aboriginal word for Kangaroo and I come from Gunggari Country.
My inspiration comes from my grandmother, I could feel this hand guiding me through my paintings, and I knew it was my grandmother. My grandmother was a wonderful woman who I only knew for a short time as she passed away when I was 12 years old.
With my grandmother’s guidance and my father watching down on me, I have been able to create my own interpretation of memories and Dreamtime stories.
I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I love creating them.”
Djakki Travers is an artist from the Biripi nation.
Esther Quinlin was born on the Macleay River, NSW and raised on a Government Reserve. She discovered her artistic talents in 1994 when she picked up a paintbrush for the first time.
Esther created a variety of Aboriginal art work. Each painting tells a story. She won a number of major art awards.
She lived and worked in different communities throughout Australia. Whilst living with desert people in Western Australia, she was given her skin name ‘Goongunu’. This has the same meaning as her own Thungutti tribal name ‘Murrunghan’, given to her by her mother. It means ‘good’ or ‘lovely’.
Her work is well represented at the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where it is displayed along with her record of achievements.
She lived with her family at Bellbrook and taught pupils at Bellbrook School their native Thungutti language in story and song so that it is never forgotten.
Esthers’s artwork “Hunting and Gathering ” is held in the gallery’s permanent collection.
Robert Campbell Jnr (dec’d) has an international reputation. He exhibited in several major Australian cities.
His work is on permanent display in The Australian National Gallery, Canberra, the Art Galleries of Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia
His works are also held by Artbank, the Department Foreign Affairs, the Dobell Foundation and in private collections in Australia and overseas.
A major retrospective of his work – “Robert Campbell Jnr: History Painter” was staged by Artbank in 2017.
Maningrida Arts & Culture (MAC), formally established in 1973, is one of the oldest Aboriginal Arts Centre in Australia. Based in Maningrida community, MAC is currently servicing more than 700 artists from Maningrida and its surrounding 34 outstations, covering an area of more than 10,000 square kilometres.
MAC has developed an enviable reputation in the fine arts market for high quality product with comprehensive cultural and biographical documentation. MAC currently organizes more than 20 commercial exhibitions per year to promote its artists. This has proven successful to provide a career path for artists and raise their profile at a national and international level. Additionally the arts centre engages in cultural maintenance activities including the production of dictionaries, music recording, preservation of the archives, supporting researchers and students, responding to the community’s request in respect of Cultural maintenance. MAC also maintains the Djomi Museum, Maningrida’s keeping place.
Bark painting, wooden and fibre sculpture, natural fibre items, since the 1970s prints, and more recently works in bronze and aluminium are created by the artists of MAC. The art of Maningrida is heterogeneous, dynamic and innovative, reflecting the diversity of languages and cultures present in the region. Many artists from MAC have won prestigious national prizes over the years such as the bark painting prize at NATSIAA in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2006 and the Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award at NATSIAA in 1996, 1997 and 2004. In 2003, John Mawurndjul was the first Indigenous artist to be awarded the prestigious Clemenger Contemporary Art Prize held at the National Gallery of Victoria. Other recent achievements include the participation of John Mawurndjul in the major public art commission for the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France.
In 2004, MAC opened a retail outlet in Darwin which focuses on affordable quality artworks from the Maningrida region. Located on 32 Mitchell Street in Darwin CBD, MAC Darwin has established itself as one of the best galleries in Darwin
Maningrida Arts & Culture is a pre-eminent site of contemporary cultural expression and art-making, abundant with highly collectable art and emerging talent.
Through their homelands resource organisation, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, artists turned an art trade that began just over 50 years ago into a multi-million dollar arts and cultural enterprise. Maningrida Arts & Culture supported hundreds of artists on their homelands, more than 20 artworkers, held 20 exhibitions annually, won prestigious awards, and enjoyed the international fame and success that the boom in the Aboriginal art market of the 1990s and 2000s enabled.
Acclaimed senior artists including John Mawurndjul, brothers Owen Yalandja and Crusoe Kurddal, Bob Burruwal, Lena Yarinkura and Laurie Marbaduk continue to expand their mediums and narratives. Artists such as Paul Nabulumo, Samson Bonson, Anniebelle Marrngamarrnga, Samuel Namundja, Kay Lindjuwanga and Fiona Jin-majinggal have emerged to become a formidable force in the national and international landscape. They sit alongside the leading proponents of a fibre sculpture movement. Frewa Bardaluna, Helen Stewart, Vera Cameron, Lorna Jin-gubarrangunyja, Freda Wayartja Ali, Bonnie Burarn.garra and Doreen Jinggarrabarra are a group of mostly female artists who reinterpret functional forms using natural fibres to create highly sought-after pieces across the fine art and interior design sectors.
We protect the place in history for those artists who have come before, among them: Yirawala, Wally Mardarrk, John Bulunbulun, Peter Marralwanga, England Banggala, Elizabeth Mipilangurr, Lena Djamarrayku, Mary Marabamba and Jack Wunuwun.
Verquelle Fisher was born on the 14th October, 1972 and is a member of the Ghungalu tribe.
“In my culture we used to travel up to Blackdown Tablelands every year to camp and dance. My Aunties all used to paint so I was introduced to painting very early on. When I moved down to Biripi country and started my family, my creativity was put on hold. Now that my children are older, I have been able to reconnect with my art practice. I enrolled at Wauchope TAFE in Aboriginal Art & Cultural Practice in 2016 and I am passionate about sharing my history and culture through my artwork.”
“I am a 44 year old Biripi woman married to a Kamilaroi man and have 3 children. I began painting roughly 14 years ago inspired by my mother’s art. Growing up in North Western NSW (Narrabri) is where I get my love of earthy tones. I have recently discovered a more contemporary style, using more vivid colours whilst studying Certificate 4 in Aboriginal Art and Cultural Practices.
The kangaroo and emu were not only used for food but their whole carcasses were utilised by making clothing out of their hides and tools out of their bones.”
Jane is a Normanton woman. During the last 35 years she has moved around Queensland with her husband who was a stockman’s cook and they eventually settled in a little town called Lawnton.
Jane was introduced to painting about 10 years ago by Lloyd Hornsby. Lloyd has encouraged Jane to express her identity and to be proud of who she is. Today she works a lot with school children and is in high demand by several schools in the Moreton Bay region where she teaches beading and storytelling. While storytelling she speaks in her own language and interprets it back to the children in English. Jane is very popular with the school children and has started her own little business within community.