Lockhart River Artists are continuing to shine in the contemporary art world across Australia and internationally. Three Artists Naomi Hobson, Irene Namok and Lawrence Omeenyo are garnering attention for their three very distinct representations of country and life in Lockhart River.
Irene Namok explores Kutini Country, the lowland rainforest that surrounds Lockhart River. Being situated between rain forest and spectacular beach, the environment around Irene has greatly influenced her artistic practice – bursts of vibrant colour that appear to leap off the painting undoubtedly reflect the beautiful tropical landscape.
In May this year Irene held a Sold out Exhibition “Looking Above, Looking Inside, Kutini Country” at Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne. Alcaston Gallery has dubbed Namok to be “one of the most exciting artists to emerge from Far-North Queensland”.
Irene will be exhibiting in Singapore in January 2014.
Naomi Hobson has adistinctive and contemporary view of her traditional land and culture, Naomi Hobson is a rising artistic talent, and her work has recently been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Naomi held her first solo exhibition this year “I am Yikan” also at Alcaston Gallery
and has since been selected for the Togart Contemporary Art Award and the Gold Coast Art Prize.
The Togart showcases an eclectic collection of artists and artwork for public scrutiny in Darwin. It is one of the most prestigious art awards in Australia and brings together artworks from all cultural backgrounds to provide a snapshot of what is happening in the rich artistic environs of the region. It has an original signature which brings together both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous artists.
Lawrence Omeenyo, respected Lockhart River Elder and Artist was recently shortlisted in the 2013 WA Indigenous Art Award. Omeenyo’s work gained special mention from the judges “the judges were likewise impressed with the unique blend of material invention and conceptual sophistication that define Omeenyo’s glazed work.”
Lockhart River Art Centre acknowledges and thanks Skytrans for providing reduced airfares to Lockhart River Artists travelling to their exhibition openings.