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Bai Kabe
Wareed Tapau Kabe known to her friends as Bai is a most inspirational emerging artist. Her family comes from Mer (Murray) Island in the eastern part of the Torres Straits. She is the eldest of nine children. Wareed’s artwork reflects the beauty of the island and as a young girl sketched on boards or bits of cardboard whilst sitting on the beach looking out onto the sea and nearby islands. Wareed is a Thalidomide baby and was born with only one finger. She explains that because of her disability life was very difficult for her. Wareed’s great strength her love for painting, the encouragement of her family and a deep personal faith enabled her to attend the Barrier Reef TAFE to develop her artistic talent and exhibit in local galleries including Perc Tucker Gallery.
Barbara McMahon
Born on Palm Island, Barbara’s mother was sent to Yarrabah mission from Kowanyama. She then she was transferred to Palm Island with her Father and her sister and they remained on Palm until after the mission times. Barbara moved to Townsville in 1981 met my husband, and have mostly raised my family here. She started painting after a friend encouraged me to paint and started painting at home. She then decided to do further study in Visual Arts at the Barrier Reef TAFE in the Indigenous Art Unit where she has been studying for over two years. Barbara enjoys painting and feels it is a form of relaxation and find that the creativity comes naturally from within. She is inspired by her personal experiences of growing up and living on the Island. Being surrounded by the ocean and what lives below is the inspirations of her paintings and designs.
Martin Leroy Adams
Language Groups: Waredaman (NT), Jhaidhkiana (Nth, QLD.) Martin has lived and travelled to many areas throughout the Northern Territory and Queensland and he states, “The work I produce is inspired by the places I have been, the people I have met and the stories I have been told”. Martin is a painter and a ceramic artist. He creates the majority of the work from his home in Darwin. During the wet season he relocates to Townville where he is completing his degree at JCU in Media Studies. Martin’s artwork has been exhibited extensively in prestigious galleries throughout Australia, including Raintree and Muk Muk Gallery in Darwin, Jungara Gallery in Cairns. His work has been featured in exhibitions including; 2000 – 2004 Townsville City Cultural Festival 1999 Vincent Gallery, James Cook University 1999 Yesterday, Tomorrow Pinnacles Gallery 1998 NAIDOC Pinnacles Gallery
Theresa Anderson
Aboriginal and South Sea Islander descent. “My Aboriginal heritage comes from the Birrigubba and Nywaigi people of the Burdekin and Ingham districts respectively. My traditional name which comes from the Birrigubba language group is “Mana Mana.” It means ‘quick or very fast’. I have also been given the name “Guddurrmun” from the Nywaigi language and which means Scrub Wallaby. I was born in Brisbane and raised in Townsville and come back here regularly. Theresa currently lives in Brisbane and works extensively with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children promoting the importance of education and healthy living.
Dorothy Anderson
Dorothy Anderson is an Aboriginal artist currently residing in Townsville. A descendant of the Birrigubbi people (Burdekin River District) and the Turrbal people (north side of the Brisbane River). Given the traditional name of ‘Dundery’ meaning ‘very smart’ by her Birrigubbi elders, Dundery describes her art creations as more traditional then contemporary and each of her painting tells a story of her culture. Born and bred on Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement, North West of Brisbane in the 1940s, Dundery has been applying her artist skills since the age of 15. She has produced many artworks over the years and has distributed her works through Queensland Aboriginal Creations in Brisbane for over 25 years and also through the Coorparoo CDEP Program in Brisbane. Dundery has been a regular at the Townsville Cotters Market for many years in the 80s & 90s. She now distributes her works exclusively through the Cultural Centre - Townsville
George Dean
George is originally from Western Australia, one of the stolen generation from the Halls Creek area west of the Kimberley. He attended several schools in the Halls Creek area. George has been involved in Aboriginal art since 1999, when he was initially asked to paint some landscapes. George then attended TAFE entering into an Art course to develop and learn more on art techniques. For example, how to paint with oil and acrylic paints from memory when George worked at the stock camps. When asked what style he prefers to paint George prefers dot art, just basically for relaxation. George, who is also a wood worker, had made most of his own furniture. He creates from a studio based at home, used to have a shop in Townsville for 2 and a half years, a gallery which sold artists’ painting for him, called Black Cockatoo Design, selling mostly local artworks. George manufactures a wide range of products.
Gavin Delacour
Gavin was born in Mt. Isa, North Queensland; he identifies himself as an Indigenous man, his grandmother was a full blood Aboriginal woman from the Kalkadoon/Waanyi tribes. Gavin spent most of his adult life in and out of prison. During his last sentence of 4 years Gavin was given paints and canvas. He says that this is when he got in touch with his culture and spirituality. He taught himself to draw and paint. “At first I was not so successful.” The paintings in the Cultural Centre Gallery are the results of the last two years of his prison sentence (2004-2005). Gavin produced over one hundred paintings of various sizes while incarcerated. He gave them to his father to hold for him until his release. Using this stock pile of artwork he plans to use the income he generates to rebuild his future. Paintings are sold over the internet as well as in galleries in Queensland. In an effort to continue to grow as an artist, Gavin enrolled in the Visual Arts Course at the Barrier Reef TAFE, Townsville. Gavin’s work has featured in joint exhibitions at the Perc Tucker Gallery, Umbrella Contemporary Studio, Mission Beach Gallery and galleries in Mt. Isa.
Babette Doherty (nee Fischer)
Babette Doherty (nee Fischer) is a Birri Gubba woman from the Wiri Clan. She has been involved in employment, training and business development with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Community over the past 10 years in the North Queensland Region. Babette has a newly established business in North Queensland and her artwork is expressed by designing and creating jewellery and ornaments with beautiful rocks through lapidary. The rocks used for her products are formed by volcanic activities over many years that have created these beautiful geographical wonders. These colours, patterns and layers are formed naturally by the process of the leaching of various minerals; include iron oxides, under pressure in rock formations throughout Australia. This process has created these brilliant layers and colours, which Aboriginal people have individually selected and hand crafted into unique pieces of jewellery. I hope you enjoy your unique Oz Rock Design
Karen Elsie Doolan
Most of Karen’s work is of the environment she grew up in, the flowers, fauna and animals of the rainforest. It is important for the artist to record the stories and dreaming via her art as this enables the artist to carry on the tradition of teaching her children and grandchildren about the foods and medicines of the rainforest. In most of Karen’s work can be seen the line and cross hatching designs, these are traditional expressions of the artists’ peoples art and designs have been passed down from her ancestors’ and the spirit of the rainforest. Karen’s work focuses on “women stories” as women are very important part of the artists’ tribal social structure. The artists’ quote “We (woman) know how to look after the human race, we have the mother instinct – like Mother Earth, this is ‘Woman Business’
James Doyle
James Doyle is a performer, teacher, linguist and a visual artist. He has been teaching for four years at Cleveland Detention Centre. He teaches art, dance and cultural knowledge to young boys ages 13 to 18. He also teaches at schools in the region. He has been commissioned to paint community arts projects in Townsville including Bohle State School and Ignatius Catholic Boys College. His work is in public and private national and international collections including Saint Joseph’s Catholic College. Doyle’s painting style is traditional to Queensland utilizing Junjidy figures, ceremonial aspects, and traditional hunting and fishing methods that use the soap bush baka. James paints as a way to practice his culture; he believes that by practicing his culture he is keeping it alive. He feels that his people have lost culture and by keeping it alive he is passing knowledge on to his nieces and nephews. He is inspired by the trees, sky, colours, and nature. This is reflected in his artwork by incorporating his experiences working with the young students that remind him of the importance of keeping culture alive. His Grandmother gave James his songs, language and stories, she sat him down and taught him. She also passed on his skin name, Bunchinda, the green frog, his skin group. All the paintings are signed with his skin name, meaning from jumping in and out, in the circle of life.
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