We all know of one famous Dorothy who said “there’s no place like home”. We’d like to introduce you to another Dorothy who, through her captivating art, was able to show the whole world the beauty of her home, known as Mina Mina.
As a child Dorothy experienced unconditional happiness and freedom as she lived a traditional bush life. Dorothy’s fond early years at Mina Mina, along with the sacred dreaming stories that inhabit the land, are the inspiration and subject of her work.
The Australian art world instantly took note of this trailblazer, who was working towards a previously unseen abstracted method of Aboriginal art – removing all iconography in her work. Just as Dorothy’s visual effects are subtle and intriguing, so too are their connection to culture and country.
In 1991 Dorothy won the National Aboriginal art award for best painting in Western media. In 2002 her major solo exhibition (and the first solo exhibition for an Indigenous Australian artist) opened to considerable acclaim at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art, and later toured Asia. In 2012 she became the first indigenous Australian artist to have work accepted by Art Cologne, and in the same year her work was displayed in Ancestral Modern, an exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum.
Despite all the success and fame, Dorothy was a quiet and reserved woman who loved nothing more than to go hunting and go walking on country with family. Those close to her knew a charming woman whose smile lit up a room.
In June last year, Dorothy’s life was tragically cut short. Kate Owen Gallery wishes to honour this incredible artist & friend with the exhibition
4 october - 26 october
all artworks available to view online