Language: Kuuku Ya’u
Born in 1992, Cheryl is the youngest of the Art Gang. Her connection with the Art Centre goes right back to her great grandmother who was a painter there. Cheryl has won awards for her work which has been exhibited in the United States and is currently displayed in major galleries throughout Australia as well as in the Booker-Lowe Gallery in Houston, Texas.
One of the original Art Gang members, Patrick specialises in print making and painting, and has experimented with a range of artistic media including pottery. Patrick’s works featured on pamphlets and postcards used for the ‘Message Stick’ exhibition which has toured the world. He has also displayed his works as part of group exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas.
Patrick’s works appear in the collections of the Queensland Art Gallery, Wollongong University Collection and National Gallery of Victoria.
Elizabeth ‘Queenie’ Giblet
Elizabeth is one of the highly respected ‘Old Girls’ of Lockhart River. Known as ‘Queenie’ after “that Queen Elizabeth”, she possesses deep knowledge of traditional ways and life outside of Lockhart River before coming to the mission. A testament to her unique talent and style is the display of Queenie’s works at the National Gallery of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art gallery and Parliament House in Canberra. Queenie’s works have also been exhibited regularly in locations throughout Australia and overseas.
Language: Lama Lama
Adrian was an original Art Gang member. Adrian loved to use the bright, vibrant colours which he saw regularly in his diving explorations on the reef. Prior to his passing in 2013, Adrian’s works were exhibited in several successful solo and group shows, and still feature in the Queensland Art Gallery collection. In 2009, Adrian was identified by Australian Art Collector as “…an artist to watch out for.”
Proceeds of his remaining art works are passed on to his chosen beneficiaries.
In 2007, Moira’s work was included in the exhibition, Contemporary Indigenous Art of Lockhart River at the Palazzo Collicola located in Spoleto, Italy. She has also been included in a number of touring exhibitions in both Australia and the United States of America. Born on Thursday Island, Moira has lived most of her life in Lockhart River and particularly enjoys painting mangrove trees and capturing their daily and seasonal transitions in appearance.
Inspired by her surroundings and her emotional connection to them, Irene creates beautiful paintings that have been exhibited at the Booker Lowe Gallery, Texas USA (2010) and Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore (2014). The mother of renowned Lockhart River artist Rosella Namok, Irene is an accomplished and acknowledged artist in her own right.
Language: Umpila / Kanthanumpu
Whilst Josiah has spent much of his artistic career as a traditional singer and dancer, his move to painting has reaped significant praise and recognition. Josiah’s most public display of work is his painting which depicts an underwater reef that decorates an entire side of one of the tilt trains which travels regularly between Cairns and Brisbane. In 2009, Josiah was shortlisted in the Paddington Art Prize for Australian Landscape Painting (Sydney).
Lawrence has a rich and diverse employment history having worked on the Mission farm in Warby time, on trochus shell boats, doing tree felling and land clearing, laying railway tracks, operating heavy machinery, shooting crocodiles and carpentry. Originally concentrating on painting, Lawrence is now also creating beautiful sculpture and ceramic pieces. Lawrence is one of Lockhart River’s most important cultural leaders, performing traditional dances at ceremonies and encouraging the development of new forms of dance through the blending of traditional and newer styles.
One of Lockhart River’s most successful artists, Fiona is a multi-award winning painter whose works have been exhibited in 14 solo and 40 group exhibitions. Her pieces are held in both public and private collections including: Thomas Vroom Collection, Netherlands; Wollongong University Collection, NSW; ATSIC Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Department of Native Title Collection, Northern Territory; University Collection, Darwin; Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Susie’s country is near Portland Road. Her deep connection to her country and its magnificent natural beauty is depicted in her vibrant works which are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and The University of Queensland in Brisbane. Nationally and internationally exhibited in both solo and group shows, Susie’s work has twice been selected by the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair to advertise the event.
One of the Art Centre’s ‘Old Girls’, Doris is deemed to be one of Lockhart’s most successful artists. Doris’s works are considered to be collectables and are highly sought. Doris’s works are held in a number of prestigious collections around Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane; the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and The University of Queensland, Brisbane.