Silas Hobson

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DOB: 18/5/1978

Silas Hobson was born in 1978 and has lived in Lockhart River all of his life. Lockhart River is located on the east coast of the Cape York Peninsula, 800km north of Cairns. It is the most northern town on the east coast of Australia. Silas began painting in 1996 and is one of the original group of artists who started painting in Lockhart River.
Silas works in print, painting and sculpture and creates highly individual artworks that speak about Lockhart River's traditional ways, stories and beliefs. Life in Lockhart River centres around ones relationship with each other and with the sea, land and animals and this is also evident in Silas' art. There is also a message of reconciliation; of people coming together and learning about each other's culture.
Silas has had great success in a number of solo exhibitions and has exhibited extensively throughout Australia in group exhibitions. He has also exhibited in the USA and Italy. Silas has won a number of awards and has been collected by State and National institutions.


1997 'Rena Ellen Jones Award' - Screen print 'Hunting at Red Point Mouth' selected for exhibition
1997 Arts Office Qld - personal development grant
1998 Part of group entry won the National Heritage Commission 'Art of Place' Community Endeavour Award.
1998 Fremantle Print Awards - engraving 'Stingray' selected for
2001 Cape York Art Awards, Laura Festival - 1st place in Painting on


  • National Gallery of Australia
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Queensland Institute of Technology Odgeroo Collection
  • Flinders University Collection
  • ATSIC Permanent Collection, Canberra
  • Wollongong University Permanent Collection
  • Queensland Art Gallery


Solo Exhibitions

2002- "Something out there", Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2005- "Coming Together", Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2006- Emerge Art Space, Perth
2006- Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
2007- Kickarts Gallery,Cairns
2007- Framed Gallery,Darwin
2007- 'Contemporary Indigenous Art of Lockhart River ", Palazzo Collicola,Spoletto,Italy
2009- "Ancestral Spirits", Hogarth Gallery, Sydney

Group Exihibitions

1997- 'Mepla Sarbie Art' Lockhart River Art & Culture Centre, Cape York, QLD
1997- 'ngana nyiikana - us painting' Cairns Regional Gallery QLD
1997- 'Rena Ellen Jones Award' Warrnambool Art Gallery, VIC
1998- 'The National Indigenous Art of Place Award' Old Parliament House, Canberra ACT
1998- 'Message Stick' Exhibition in Brisbane at Queensland Aboriginal Creations
1999- International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney
1999- Cairns Regional Gallery Postcard Exhibition
1999- Lockhart River Art Gang 'we searching' Exhibition at Qld Aboriginal Creations
2000- 'Message Stick' touring exhibition by 'The Art Gang' from Lockhart River, funded by Visions Australia 1999-2001
2000- 'In my eyes', Cairns Regional Gallery QLD
2000- "Pama Belong Sandbeach", paintings and prints by Lockhart River Art Gang at Queensland Aboriginal Creations in Brisbane.
2001- 'In my eyes', Vera Scarth-Johnson Gallery, Cooktown
2001- 'Gatherings' CHOGM exhibition, Brisbane
2002- 'Collectable Aboriginal Art Event 2002', Raintree Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery, Darwin
2003- 'Water: Prints from Lockhart River and the Tiwi Islands' Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
2003- 'Moon Exhibition' Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2003- Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
2003- 'Story Place Exhibition' Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
2003- 'Works on Paper Fair' represented by Main Street Gallery, Sydney
2003- 'Alliance Members Exhibition' Brisbane
2003- 2003 Hogarth Gallery, Sydney
2003- 'Kulam Kannga' Columbus State University, Georgia. U.S.A
2003- 'Kulam Kannga' Kluge-Ruhe, Virginia. U.S.A.
2004- 'Hitting on and kicking off', COCA/Kick Arts, Cairns
2004- 'Ngi'ilu paluku ngi'iku, Our way', Framed Gallery, Darwin
2005- 'Colour Fields', Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs
2005- 'Affordable Art Fair', Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2005- 'Hinchinbrook Exhibition,' COCA Gallery, Cairns
2005- 'Australia: Different Sights/Different Sites' Booker-Lowe Gallery, Texas, USA
2005- "Homefront', KickArts, Cairns
2005- Framed Gallery, Darwin
2006- "Ancestral Spirits", Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Virginia, USA
2006- "Carved From The Cape", Australian Art Resources
2006- 'Uncharted Territory', October Gallery, London
2006- NAIDOC week 'Shifting Tides Moving Sands', Tanks Art Space, Cairns
2006- 'Gatherings', Kick Arts, Cairns
2006- 'Festival Interceltique de Lorient', Brittany, France
2006- 'Big Country', touring exhibition, Gondwana Gallery
2007- Kickarts, Cairns. 'Looking forward, Looking Black'
2007- Framed Gallery, Darwin.
2007- Santa Fe Institute of American Indian Art, USA
2008- Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston Texas, USA
2008- Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth, "Cape to Cove"
2008- "Meenthama, Coming Out for Ceremony", Woolloongabba Gallery, Brisbane
2008- Indigenart Galleries Perth and Melbourne
2009- "Four of Us", Woolloongabba Gallery, Brisbane