May 19 1979 - present
Photograph of Rosella Namok, courtesy of Lockhart River Art Centre, Lockhart River, Australia
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Drawings and prints, Painting
Rosella Namok is the most acclaimed artist of the Lockhart River Art Gang. Instead of using brushes or sticks, Namok paints with her fingers--usually on canvas, sometimes on paper--a practice that is inspired by traditional sand drawing. She has developed a range of symbolic shapes, including rectangles and ovals, that not only evoke traditional Aboriginal culture, but also address contemporary life in her community. Although Namok has been influenced by the modern and contemporary art she has seen at art galleries, she claims that "it's listening to the old (Lockhart River) girls yarn that gives me the inspiration." She also stated, "I paint about country and people around me...about traditional culture...about things that happen, things we do...the weather...our isolated community. My recent paintings have been about how people live in our community and about country."
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Fellowships, grants and awards:
High Court Centenary Art Award, Australian Bar Association and the High Court of Australia, Canberra, Australia (2003)
The Redlands Art Prize, Sydney Church of England Co-educational Grammar School Redlands (SCECGS), Sydney, Australia (2003)
Lin Onus Youth Award, Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Awards, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra, Australia (2000)
Mepla Sarbie Art, Lockhart River Art and Culture Centre, Lockhart River, Australia (1997)
Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters
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