Samantha Hobson

Samantha Hobson

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DOB: 1981
Born: Lockhart River, QLD
COMMUNITY: Lockhart River, QLD

Samantha's first solo show was in 2000 and has had regular solo exhibitions since. She was awarded second prize for painting and second prize for works on paper at the 2001 Laura Festival. Samantha's work was prominently featured in Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest at the Queensland Art Gallery in 2003 and in Contemporary Encounters at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2010.

Samantha has an incredible ability to capture the colour and intensity of a moment and transform its radiant energy into an emotional charge pulsating through the artwork. She is also not afraid to address topical issues facing her community, such as her piece 'Bust im up' (2000) which was quickly acquired by he Nataional gallery of Victoria

Samantha has an extensive list of solo and group exhibitions, as well as being acquired by a number of private and public collections.


  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
  • Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • The Nahum Collection, London
  • Owen and Wagner Collection, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover

Awards and Recognition

2009 26th NATSIAA - Finalist and People's Choice Winner
2001 Second Prize; Painting, Laura Festival, Queensland
2001 Second Prize; Works on Paper, Laura Festival, Queensland


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 My Country ... My Land, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2009 Our Life ... Our Way, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2008 Life is our land ... our culture, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2008 Our life ... is land ... is culture, October Gallery, London
2008 Ngayu Aalmana Ngaachi Ngatangku (Growing up with Country), Vivien Anderson Gallery,
2007 Modern Day Life, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 From My Country, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2006 Land to Sea, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2005 From My Country - Land and Sea, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2004 Yuma Kuyi Pi'l (Fire and Water), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Kalmaa-na Waympa Wimpa (From the bush to the sand beach)', Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2003 Lanthalantha (Fire), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2002 Yuku Untana (Fuel for the Fire), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2001 'ee be right b'um bye', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2000 From the Top, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Defining Tradition | the colurists, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2017 Lockhart River Mob, Kate Owen Gallery, Rozelle
2008 Women's Law, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006 Unchartered Territory, October Gallery, London, England
2006 Histoires de Terre et Mer: Peintures Aborigènes de Lockhart River, Australie, Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie du Morbihan, Lorient, France
2006 Cairns NAIDOC Exhibition: shifting tides, moving sands, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
2005 Cairns NAIDOC Exhibition: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Art and Crafts from Tropical North Queensland Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
2004 Colour Power: Aboriginal Art post 1994, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2004 Lockhart River Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2004 Divas of the Desert, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2003 Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2003 Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn, Artspace Mackay, Cairns Regional Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville
2003 Water: Prints from Lockhart River and the Tiwi Islands, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
2003 Artworks from FNQ + Torres Strait Islands, Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane
2003 The Women's Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2003 Ngaachi Ngampula (Our Country), Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2003 Lockhart River Gang, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2002 Lines II, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane
2002 Inaugural exhibition, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery, Ian Potter Museum of Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2001 Dreamtime: Zeitgenossische Aboriginal Art/The Dark and The Light: Austria
2000 Lockhart River Print Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery Parma Belong Sandbeach: Painting and prints by Lockhart River Art Gang; Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane
1999 Message Stick, touring exhibition of the Lockhart River Art Gang, funded by Visions Australia
International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney
1999 Lockhart River Art Gang Exhibition, Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane