Rosella Namok, Samantha Hobson & Fiona Omeenyo


8 February – 4 March 2023

OPENING EVENT – Friday 10 February 5:30pm

Despard Gallery, in association with Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, is pleased to announce its third major curated exhibition featuring three leading indigenous artists from Lockhart River; Fiona Omeenyo, Samantha Hobson and Rosella Namok.

Lockhart River is a small community, located eight hundred kilometres north of Cairns on the Eastern Cape York Peninsula.  This unique place remains the primary influence behind each artist’s work, drawing experiences of growing up within this special landscape and learning traditional ways. Hobson, Namok and Omeenyo are attributed as key members of the Lockhart River Art Mob, developed in the 1990s, helping to build a strong collective of indigenous artists and as a result, a distinctive contemporary creative voice. 

Recognised as a highly innovative collective, each artist has also demonstrated a keen commitment to be creatively independent, developing their own unique style and distinctive approach to painting.  This includes adopting a very vivid colour palette and multiple processes of application to create dynamic and multilayered compositions. Lineage presents a new suite of these vibrant paintings, alongside a selection of important sculptural works, carefully curated to explore how each of their distinctive styles seamlessly blends the traditional experiences from their birthplace with contemporary social issues.

Through their work , Hobson, Namok and Omeenyo each reflect on their Aboriginality as women, as well as balancing life between community and city.  Linage reveals how painting remains a poignant contribution to a greater conversation around the ongoing complexities for indigenous Australians and how each artist continues to navigate this journey, both as individuals and as a community. 

[photo by Mick Richards]

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