Rosella Namok

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DOB: 19 May 1979
LANGUAGE GROUP: Aanghkum
COMMUNITY: Lockhart River, Far North Qld

Born in 1979, Rosella is an Ungkum speaker who grew up in Lockhart River.  She began painting with the Lockhart River art Gang at an early age, Rosella’s paintings are very contemporary in style, and she depicts her own stories about life in her isolated Aboriginal community, about the people around her, how they live and the things they do.

She also paints about the country in Lockhart River and the influences of the weather there. Rosella spends a lot of time with the senior women at Lockhart. The younger generation are not as interested in the traditional laws and cultural influences, so Rosella is incorporating many of these aspects of her community history into her paintings, to prevent them from being lost forever. 

In describing her art, Rosella explains “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.”

Rosella has two children, and when she is not painting, she enjoys fishing and camping with family.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

ATSIC Collection, Canberra

Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra

Brisbane Club, Brisbane

IES, Brisbane

Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

Columbus State University, Georgia USA

Emerald Shire Council, Emerald, QLD

Federal Court of Australia, Brisbane

Flinders University, Adelaide

Macquarie University, Sydney

Monash University, Melbourne

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria Melbourne

Northern Territory University, Darwin

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Queensland Health Rights Commission, Brisbane

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

State Library of Queensland, Brisbane

The Esk Collection Tasmania

The High Court of Australia, Canberra

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, USA 

University of Queensland, Brisbane

Warrnambool Art Gallery, Victoria

Wollongong University, Wollongong

International Education Services Brisbane

Foundation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Musee de l’art aborigene australien, La Grange, Switzerland

Department of Environment and Heritage

Georgia State University Collection, USA

High Court of Australia, Canberra

Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Virginia, USA

Macquarie Bank Australia

Artbank, Sydney

2020 Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery – Finalist

2011 Top 50 Most Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine

2010 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine

2009 Top 50 Most Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine

2004 High Court of Australia, Canberra – High Court Centenary Art Award

2004 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney – Finalist

2003 20th NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist

2003 Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney – Winner

2002 Top 50 Most Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine

2001 Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney – Finalist

2001 Top 50 Most Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine

2000 The Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award – Lin Onus Youth Award

2000 17th NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist

1999 Momento Awards, Brisbane – Most innovative product by an indigenous artist

1999 Cape York Art Awards Laura Festival – 2nd Prize Works on Paper

1999 Nominated for Young Australian of the Year Arts Section

1998 15th NATSIAA, Darwin – Finalist

1998 Member of the Lockhart River Art Gang, which won the National Heritage Commission Art of Place Community Endeavour Award

1997 Rena Allen Jones Award, Warrnambool Art Gallery Victoria: screenprint selected for acquisition

1997 Arts Queensland – Personal Development Grant

2019 Matches 4: Rosella Namok – Sand Scribe, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2019 Large Showroom; Large Works, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2018 Nature’s Way, Rosella Namok, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2015 Rosella Namok, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2013 Rosella Namok – Naagchi Ngumu’luugku – I Come from There, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2009 Rosella Namok, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2008 Rosella Namok, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

2008 Ngaachi Bla Mepla, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2008 From Sand Beach Side, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2007 Sea Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2006 Up North, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

2006 Rosella Namok, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2005 Rosella Namok: New Works, Adele Boag Gallery, Adelaide

2005 Rosella Namok: New Paintings, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2005 My Puuya – My Life Essence, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2004 ‘nother side, October Gallery, London

2004 Rosella Namok, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2004 Rosella Namok at The Essoign Club, Melbourne

2004 Kungkay Ma (Up North), Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2003 Rosella, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2003 Rosella Namok, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

2002 Tinta, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2002 Happen’ this way, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

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

2021 Lockhart Legends II, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2021 Gold at Lockhart River, Art Mob, Hobart

2021 The Women’s Show | 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2020 Across the Top 2020, Art Mob, Hobart

2020 Lockhart Art Gang – Sharing Our Stories, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2020 Top Ten – Our Most Popular Artists 2019, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 Across the Top, Art Mob, Hobart

2019 Overcoming Adversity, Art Mob, Hobart

2019 Lunar Legacy, Art Mob, Hobart

2019 Matches 7: Michael Nelson Jagamara – A Shared Space, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2019 Lockhart Legends, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 defining tradition | black + white, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 International Women’s Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 Defining Tradition | the colorist’s, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2019 Stories from my heart – Which Way, Art Mob, Hobart

2019 On the Coast – The Art of Fiona Omeenyo & Rosella Namok, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

2018 Islands in the Sea, Foundation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Musee de l’art aborigene australien, La Grange, Switzerland

2018 My Country, Salt, Queenscliff, VIC

2018 Fiona Omeenyo & Rosella Namok, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

2018 Welcome to Thompson Street, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2017 Lockhart River Mob, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2017 Sand, Salt, Spirit, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney

2017 A SWEEP continues, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2017 Ngampula Aalkan Nyiiku Maanchima – Mepla: Rise of a new beginning, Art Mob, Hobart

2017 60 X 30, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2017 Coo-ee Art 35th Anniversary – Return to Oxford Street, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney

2017 Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2017 Weather Patterns II, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2017 Along the Lines, FireWorks Gallery, Brisbane

2016 Rosella Namok & Lockhart River Painters, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2015 Wynners, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney

2012 Reunion: New paintings by Samantha Hobson, Rosella Namok and Fiona Omeenyo – Vivien Anderson, Melbourne

2011 Rosella Namok & Arone Meeks, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney

2011 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns

2010 Inaugural exhibition, New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Galleries, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2010 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns

2009 Twelve Degrees of Latitude: Regional Gallery and University Art Collections in Queensland

2009 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD, and touring exhibition

2009 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich

2008 The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2008 From Cape to Cove, Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth

2008 Auckland Art Fair, Auckland

2007 Our Way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; National University of Singapore, Singapore; Charles Wand Center, Stony Brook University, New York; The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

2007 Arte Indigena dall’Australia: Contemporary Indigenous Art of the Lockhart River Art Gang Queensland, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy

2006 Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2006 Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and touring exhibition

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 2005, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns

2005 Affinities, NAIDOC Exhibition, ABC Ultimo, Sydney

2005 Aboriginal Dreaming, European Discovery, Australian Embassy, Paris

2004 Out of Country, Gallery 1601, Washington, DC

2003 Water: Prints from Lockhart River and the Tiwi Islands, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

2003 The Art Gang: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Columbus State University, Georgia USA

2003 Story Place, Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

2003 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville QLD

2003 Icons that Build a Collection, Cairns Regional Art Gallery

2003 Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn, Artspace, Mackay QLD, and Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

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 New Ground, Main Street Gallery, Adelaide

2002 International Women’s Day Event, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2002 Indigenous Highlights from the State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2002 Indecorous Abstraction: Contemporary Women Painters, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide

2002 Collectible Aboriginal Art Event, Raintree Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, Darwin

2002 Cape York Indigenous Art Showcase Exhibition, Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin

2001 Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

2001 Lines of Descent: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Prints and Objects, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

2001 Indigenous Highlights from the State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

2001 In my Eyes: An Exhibition of Fine Art Prints by the Lockhart River Art Gang and Friends, Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery, Cooktown

2001 Gatherings, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

2001 Federation Exhibition: Local Colour, Local Lives, Cairns Regional Gallery

2001 Dreamtime: Zeitgenoessische Aboriginal Art, The Dark & the Light, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2001 A Few of my Favorite Things, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

2000 Uncommon World: Aspects of Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT

2000 The Art of Place – Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra ACT

2000 Postcards Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

2000 Parma Belong Sand Beach: paintings and prints by the Lockhart River Art Gang, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane

2000 Olympic Exhibition, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2000 In my eyes: an exhibition of fine art prints by the Lockhart River Art Gang and

2000 From the Top: Lockhart River – Samantha Hobson & Rosella Namok, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2000 Friends, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

2000 Fortitude: New Art from Queensland, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

2000 Beyond the Pale: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

1999 Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

1999 Message Stick: Art from North Queensland’s Lockhart River Aboriginal Community, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane, and touring exhibition until 2001

1999 Lockhart River Art Gang ‘we searching’, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane

1999 International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney

1999 23rd Biennial of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia

1998 National Indigenous Art of Place Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra

1997 Rena Ellen Jones Award, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool

1997 ngana nyllkana – us painting, with the Lockhart River Art Gang, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns

1997 Mepla Sarbie Art with the Lockhart River Art Gang, Lockhart River Art and Culture Centre

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