Rosella Namock | Artist Profile

Details of Rosella Namock

About

Born in 1979, Rosella Namok says 'I am member of the Lockhart River Art Gang. This is a group of young Aboriginal Artists from the east coast of Cape York. Fine art printing and painting are my preferred mediums. My works are about country and people around me and are a contemporary response to the traditional culture and isolation of our community. My recent paintings have been about observations of social interations in the community and my relationship with my country. I have a young son ISIAH who was born in September, 1997 and we live with my mother and family. I enjoy fishing and camping and socialising.'

Her work straddles the ground between modern and traditional, referring to the traditional stories of her people and the clans of her area but also exploring personal and comtemporary narratives. Her work has been included in over 30 national and international exhibitions, biennales and prizes; and acquired by every major public gallery in Australia, not to mention major corporate and private collections here and overseas.


EDUCATION

I have studied art modules, part-time off campus with Cairns TAFE. I did this through the Lockhart River Art and cultural Centre. I have completed the Certificate of Visual Arts (ATS) through Cairns TAFE.

EMPLOYMENT

I have worked as a professional artist at the Art and Culture Centre in Lockhart River since june 1997. I concentrate on fine art printing and working with colour. I have also designed and printed t-shirts, tea towels. dilly bags and serviettes in the past.
I have also experimented with fabric designs for women's formal clothing and worked as an artworker producing fine art prints at the Art Centre.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2009 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2008 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2008 From Sand Beach Side, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2007 Sea Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2007 Ngaachi Bla Mepla, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2006 Up North, Niagara Galleries Melbourne
2006 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2005 My Puuya... My Life Essence, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2005 Rosella Namok: New Paintings, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2005 Rosella Namok: New Works, Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide
2004 Rosella Namok at the Essoign Club, Melbourne
2004 Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2004 'nother side', October Gallery, London
2004 Kungkay Ma (Up North), Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2003 Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2003 Rosella, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2002 Happen' this way, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2002 Tinta, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2001 Melpa Sarbie Paint, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2001 Ee right this way, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2000 Me Come From 'yah, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2000 'Nother way, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
1999 'bout here... Lockhart River, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009 Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland, Perc Tuker Regional Gallery, Queensland and touring 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland
2008 From Cape to Cove, Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth
2008 The Woman's Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Radical Regionalism: Local Knowledge and Making Places, Museum London, London
2007 Arte Indigena D'all'Australia: Contemporary Indigenous Art of the Lockhart River Art Gang Queensland, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy
2007 Our Way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River, University of Queensland, Brisbane
2007 Auckland Art Fair, New Zealand
2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
2006 Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, USA and touring
2005 Aboriginal Dreaming, European Discovery, Australian Embassy, Paris
2005 Kungkay, Lockhart River Art Gang, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
2005 Dugongs of Hinchinbrook II, KickArts Gallery CoCa, Cairns
2005 Cairns NAIDOC Exhibition, ABC Ultimo, Sydney
2004 Out of Country, Gallery 1601, Washington DC, USA
2003 Story Place, Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2003 The Art Gang: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Columbus State University, Georgia, USA
2003 Icons that Build a Collection, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
2003 Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2003, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory
2003 Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn, Artspace Mackay, Cairns Regional Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
2003 Water: Prints from Lockhart River and the Tiwi Islands, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
2002 Wild Nature in Contemporary Australian Art and Craft, a travelling exhibition funded by Visions Australia and the Gordon Darling Foundation: Jam Factory, Adelaide
2002 Indecorous Abstrations: Contemporary Women Painters, Light Square Galler, Adelaide
2002 Indigenous Highlighs from the State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2002 Cape York Indigenous Art Showcase Exhibition (inaugrural Berlin exhibition), Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin, Germany
2002 Collectible Aboriginal Art Event, Raintree Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, Darwin
2002 International Womens Day Event, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2002 New Ground, Main Street Gallery, Adelaide
2001 Indigenous Highlights from the State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2001 Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
2001 Dreamtime: Zeitgenossische Aboriginal Art/The Dark and the Light, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria
2001 Wynne Prize Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2001 Lines of Descent: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prints and Objects, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
2001 Federation Exhibition: Local Colour, Local Lives, Cairns Regional Art Gallery, Queensland
2001 Gatherings, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
2001 A Few of my Favourite Things, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2001 In my Eyes: An Exhibition of Fine Art Prints by the Lockhart River Art Gang and Friends, Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery, Cooktown, Queensland
2000 Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2000 Beyond the Pale: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
2000 Fortitude: New Art from Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2000 Telstra 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory and travelling
2000 The Art of Place - Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra
2000 Postcards Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
2000 In my eyes: an exhibition of fine art prints by the Lockhart River Art Gang and Friends, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
2000 Olympic Exhibition, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2000 From the Top: Lockhart River paintings by Samantha Hobson and Rosella Namok, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2000 Parma Belong Sandbeach: paintings and prints by the Lockhart River Art Gang, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane
2000 Lockhart River Print Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
1999 23rd Biennial of Graphic Art, Lubjana, Slovenia
1999 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney
1999 Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
1999 Lockhart River Art Gang 'we searching', Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane
1999 Message Stick: Art from North Queensland's Lockhart River Aboriginal Community, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane and touring until 2001
1998 National Indigenous Art of Place Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra
1998 Telstra 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territoryand touring
1997 Mepla Sarbie Art with the Lockhart River Art Gang, Lockhart River Art and Culture Centre, Queensland
1997 ngana nyllkana- us painting, with the Lockhart River Art Gang, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
1997 Rena Ellen Jones Award, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

COLLECTIONS

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra
Cairns Regional Gallery
Department of Environment and Heritage, Canberra
Federal Court of Australia, Brisbane
High Court of Australia, Canberra
Macquarie Bank, Sydney
Macquarie University, Sydney
Monash University, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
University of Queensland, Brisbane
Northern Territory University, Darwin
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Warnambool Art Gallery, Victoria
Wollongong University, New South Wales
ATSIC Collection, Canberra
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

GRANTS, PRIZES, AWARDS

1997 "Rena Ellen Jones Award" - screen print "wimumu paamaanya mayi' selected for exhibition and aquisition
1997 Arts office Queensland - personal development grant
1998 Was in the group entry that won thr National Heritage Commission "Art of Place' Community
1999 'Memento awards' in Brisbane 'Most Innovative product by an indigenous artist.'.
1999 Cape York Art Awards, Laura festival - 2nd prize- Works on Paper
1999 nominated Young Australian of the Year - Arts Section
1999 Australia Council Shared Grant (ATSIAB) with Lockhart River Art Gang
1999 Works on Paper (second prize), Cape York Art Awards, Laura Festival
2000 Lin Onus Youth Award - Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Awards, Australian Heritage Commission
2003 High Court Centenary Art Award, High Court of Australia, Canberra

BIBLIOGRAPHY

CATLOGUES/BOOKS
Bettina MacAulay and Brett Adlington, Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland, exhibition catalogue, Museum and Gallery Services Queensland Limited, Brisbane, 2009
Ihor Holubizky, 'Radical regionalism, local knowledge and making places', Radical Regionalism: Local Knowledge and Making Places, exhibition catalogue, Museum London, London, 2008
Sonia Payes, Untitled: Portraits of Australian Artists, Macmillan Publishing, Melbourne, 2007
R. Ian Lloyd and John McDonald, Studio: Australian Painters on the Nature of Creativity, R. Ian Lloyd Productions, Sydney, 2007


Artworks of Rosella Namock