Sally Gabori

Sally Gabori

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DOB: c. 1924-2015
Born: Mirdidingki, Bentinck Island, QLD
Language: Kaiadilt, Gulf region
Community: Mornington Island, QLD

Sally Gabori was born around 1924 on Bentinck Island in the Queensland part of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her indigenous Kaiadilt name was Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda, Juwarnda referring to her totemic name, meaning 'dolphin'. She grew up in the tradional way, hunting, gathering and fishing.

Sally lived in accordance with Kaiadilt custom on Bentinck Island, which is also represented in most of her works: her husband's place, Dibirdibi Country; her father's place, Thundi; her own Country, Mirdidingki; and the first outstation, Nyinyilki.

Sally's artistic career started only in 2005. She fell in love with paint and colour, with which she depicts her country and her ancestral stories: representing her land and seascapes in an outburst of colour.

Sally Gabori has become one of the most highly regarded and sought after contemporary Australian artists, who has been exhibited Australia-wide and internationally.

Collections

  • Corrigan Collection, Sydney
  • Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton VIC
  • Markus Spazzapan and Suzan Cox Collection, Darwin
  • ANZ Bank Collection, Melbourne
  • Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
  • Artbank, Sydney
  • Arthur Roe Collection, Melbourne
  • ARTIZON Museum (formerly Bridgestone Museum of Art), Tokyo, Japan
  • Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand
  • Australian Catholic University, Melbourne
  • Australian National University, Canberra
  • Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC
  • Chartwell Collection, New Zealand
  • City of Yarra Art Collection, Melbourne
  • Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
  • Fondation Opale, Switzerland
  • Foundation Burkhardt-Felder, Motiers, Switzerland
  • Lagerberg-Swift Collection
  • Macquarie Bank Collection, Sydney
  • Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne
  • Musee du quai Branly, Paris
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, NSW
  • Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
  • Rupert and Annabel Myer Collection
  • The Laverty Collection, Sydney
  • The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
  • University of Canberra, Canberra
  • University of Canberra, Canberra
  • University of Western Sydney, Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2014 Commission, Brisbane Airport International Terminal Redevelopment, Brisbane
2014 31st NATSIAA - Finalist
2013 Fleurieu Art Prize - Finalist
2012 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Winner
2012 Gold Award - Winner
2011 Commission, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane
2011 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2011 Commission, Banco Court, Brisbane Supreme Court and District Court, Brisbane
2010 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2009 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine
2009 Commission, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne
2007 TogArt Contemporary Art Award, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin - Finalist
2006 Xstrata Indigenous Emerging Artist Award - Finalist

History


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Mirdingkingthi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Cooee Gallery, Sydney
2021 Mirdingkingthi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2020/21 Juwarnda, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2020 Sally Gabori, The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2019 Memories of Place - The Art of Sally Gabori, The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2019 Juwarnda - Black Dolphin, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2018 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Kaiadilt Eyes - The Art of Seeing, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid | Land of All, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2017 Sally Gabori: Living With Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid | Land of All, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
2016 Sally Gabori - Painted Island Home, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2016 Provenance does matter: the Collectors' Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2015 Sally Gabori: Colour Country - A Survey 2005 - 2013, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2016/17 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid - Land of All, Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2014 Sally Gabori, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Melbourne Art Fair, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Danda ngijinda dulk, danda ngijinda malaa, danda ngad - This is my Land, this is my Sea. This is who I am. A survey exhibition of paintings by Sally Gabori, 2005 - 2012, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra
2013 Personal Structures, Palazzo Bembo, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
2012 The Bright, the Bold & the Beautiful, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2011 Ngumuwa Kinyint - Dark Shapes, Alcaston Gallery at Gipps Street Gallery, Richmond, VIC
2010 Mundamurra Ngijinda Dulk: My Island Home, Sally Gabori, The Gallery in Cork Street, Mayfair, London, UK
2010 Danda dulk ngijinda dulk: This land is my land, Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, USA
2005 Solo Exhibition at the Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 Flow: Stories of River, Earth and Sky in the SAM Collection, Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton, VIC
2021 Reverence, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2021 Country in Mind, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD
2021 SIGNIFICANT, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2021 The Women's Show | 15th Anniversary Exhibition, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2020 Know My Name, oOh!media and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
2020 Auckland Art Fair 2020, The Cloud, Auckland, New Zealand, presented by The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2019-20 Christmas Show, The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2019-20 Before Time Began - Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Fondation Opale, Lens, Switzerland
2019 Women's Work from the Collection, University of the Sunshine Coast, QLD
2019 Sydney Contemporary 19, Carriageworks, Sydney, presented by Alcaston Gallery
2019 Defining Tradition | the colurists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Still No Answer: Contemporary Women Artists from Australia and New Zealand, The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2019 Sea Change Tree Change Changing Together, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2019 Auckland Art Fair 2019, The Cloud, Auckland, New Zealand, presented by The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2019 Significant, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2018-19 From Bark to Neon, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2018 Sydney Contemporary 18, Carriageworks, Sydney presented by Alcaston Gallery
2018 Melbourne Art Fair 2018, Southbank Arts Precinct, Melbourne, presented by Alcaston Gallery
2018 Feet of Clay, The Vivian, Warkworth, New Zealand
2018 Significant, D'Lan Contemporary, Melbourne
2017-18 Past Legacy: Present Tense, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2017-18 Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia, Me Collectors Room, Berlin, Germany; National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India
2017 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, via Beverley Knight Art & Business, Melbourne
2017 Sydney Contemporary 17, Carriageworks, Sydney, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2017 Mad Love, curated by del Kathryn Barton, Arndt Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2017 Coo-ee Art 35th Anniversary - Return to Oxford Street, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
2017 Lasting Memory, Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Oudegracht, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2015 Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2014/15 Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection, QAG/GOMA, Brisbane
2014 Colour Me Brisbane, G20 Summit, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2014 My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o T?maki, Auckland, New Zealand
2014 Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne
2013 Personal Structures, 55th Venice Biennale 2013, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
2013 My Country - I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, QAG/GOMA, Brisbane
2013 Australia, Royal Academy of the Arts in conjunction with National Gallery of Australia, London, UK
2013 Sally Gabori, Ninggirrnga Marawil & Greg Semu, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, at Sydney Contemporary 13, Sydney
2013 Sally Gabori, Amanda Gabori, Elsie Gabori Ngamathungarrba Marranjuthu Dulku - Mother and Daughters teach each other about Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Artists from Bentinck & Mornington Island, Queensland, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Melbourne Art Fair via Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2012 Sally Gabori & Paula Paul: Mirrayarrngka Makalmakaliyarrngk - Tow Great Old Woemn, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2011 Sally Gabori 2011: Ngumuwa Kinyint - Dark shapes, Gipps Street Gallery, Richmond, VIC
2011 Sally Gabori | Kalka Dulk - Bright Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, at Depot Gallery, Sydney
2005 Mornington Island Arts and Crafts Centre, QLD