Born: Southport, QLD
LANGUAGE GROUP: Gandowal
COMMUNITY: Ngnarangwai, QLD
"Practicing culture is my passion and I will do this my entire life...Culture is very important, it gives people their true identity, a sense of belonging and empowerment."
Goompi's tribal name translates to 'possum from the place of the goanna'. He was born on Kombemerri land, however Goompi has traced his ancestors on his mother's side as being from the Gurreng Gurreng tribal area, around the Bundaberg region in Queensland. Goompi has practiced culture (song, dance and language) from a young age.
After dancing for many years as a teen with group of local Aboriginal dancers from Stradbroke Island, Goompi learnt the songs of his teachers as well. As an adult he is now a respected song man and runs his own family dance troupe, "Bundjalung Kunjiel" which has performed for dignitaries, Members of Parliament and overseas.
In 2002 Goompi took notice of Aboriginal art after watching others paint from many different tribes around Australia. A year later, Goompi picked up the brush and initially experimented with paintings of animalistic styled artworks of his local totems and stories. Goompi has now established himself as a full time artists known for his restrained colour palate and eye-catching graphic designs. Using acrylics on canvas, Goompi is able to create exciting and engaging works of art.
Goompi naturally has a strong connection to his birthplace and has practiced culture as well as worked with the local custodians for over 23 years. Researching history, speaking with elders, learning all that he could obtain, Goompi has now become a teacher also. Through teaching local children and/or adults the knowledge of culture, song, dance and arts, he hopes to inspire others to practice and share their culture as well.
Goompi has travelled showcasing and teaching culture locally and internationally. He has travelled to France twice to exhibit his artworks and to perform as part of Bundjalung Kunjiel, and attracted the attention of many admirers such as Princess of Benedikte of Denmark, The Central Intelligence Agency in the USA and many other collectors worldwide who now own his works.
- NRL Gold Coast Titans
- HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark
- Iconic Kirra Hotel
- Villa World Australia
- Zarraffas HQ Australia
- SAAB Defence and Security Australia
- Sarina Russo Emloyment Services
- Pacific Optics QLD
- The Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A ) Langley,Virginia, U.S
Awards and Recognition
2018 Paddington Art Prize - Finalist
2017 Opened the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in Beverly Hills, CA with a tribal dance show
2017 Artwork displayed in Your Town Prize Homes in QLD
Travelling to France to perform cultural dance and exhibition artworks
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 Goompi Ugerabah solo show, Studio Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Goompi Ugerabah solo show, Gallery One, Gold Coast (sell out)
2017 Biren Bureibun (Saltwater Dream), Gallery One, Gold Coast (sell out)
2015 Goompi Ugerabah solo show, Noosa (sell out)
2014 Goompi Ugerabah solo show, Port Douglas (sell out)
Selected Group Exhibitions
2015 Dreaming Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania
From 2012 - permanently exhibited at the Gold Coast Titans NRL Excellence Centre, Robina QLD
From 2011 - permanently exhibited at Corporate Culcha, Kirra QLD
2011 Reconciliation Week Exhibition, Crown Plaza Gold Coast
2011 National Parks and Wildlife Exhibition, Ballina Art Gallery
2011 NAIDOC Gold Coast QLD Council Chambers Exhibition
2010 NAIDOC Gold Coast QLD Council Chambers Exhibition
2009 National Parks and Wildlife Exhibition, Ballina Art Gallery
2009 NAIDOC Gold Coast QLD Council Chambers Exhibition