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Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie is a senior Gija artist at Warmun Art, a strong law and culture woman, and an important ceremonial singer and dancer in the community. In the early 1990s Shirley began to paint her country, inspired by older Warmun artists including her mother Madigan Thomas, as well as the late artists Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie. Purdie’s uncle, the late artist Jack Britten, said to her “why don’t you try yourself for painting, you might be alright”.  

 

Purdie paints traditional stories of Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming), stories of station life, colonial histories involving early contact, massacre, warfare and indentured labour, and Norton Bore and Violet Valley stories. Much of her work also explores spirituality and the relationship between Gija conceptions of Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) and Catholicism. 

Solo Exhibitions:

2004       Boutwell Draper Gallery, Redfern, Sydney, Australia

2012       Burrum lirrkarn ngarri ngumbarra mangbu: My mother & father two fella bin learn me all the way, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

2014       Gilban, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions:

1994        Maintaining Family Tradition, International Year of the Family Conference, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

1994        National Aboriginal Art Award, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

1994        Artists of the East Kimberley Exhibition, Canberra Grammar School, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

1995        Savode Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

1999        Chamber of Commerce, Wuerzburg, Germany

1999        Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2000        Anthropological Museum, Freiburg, Germany

2000        This Earth For Us, Commonwealth Institute, London; Bristol; Edinburgh, United Kingdom

2000        Melbourne Art Fair, Artbank and Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

2000     The Art of Place, National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Canberra, Australian Capital 

2001        Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren, Staedtische Galerie Wolfsburg, (in cooperation with Aboriginal Galerie Baehr, Speyer), Germany

 

2002        Warmun Group Show, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

2005        Women From Warmun, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

2006        Jirrika tuwurrapirri yinyingpeningi? What Bird Is That? Recent bird paintings and carvings, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2007        Ngarrangkarni & Christianity, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

2008       25th National and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

 

2010-12   Freshwater, Saltwater, - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Prints, Australian National Maritime Museum Travelling Exhibition; South Australian Maritime Museum, Adelaide South Australia; Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland, New South Wales; Tweed River Art Galler, Murwillumbah, New South Wales; Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, Tasmania; Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Victoria; Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, Bundaberg, Queensland; Bribie Island Seaside Museum, Bribie Island, Queensland.

2013       Jadagen Warnkan Barnden — Changing Climate in Gija Country, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

2013       Gija Manambarram Jimerrawoon - Gija Senior Law People Forever, Australian Embassy, Paris, France

2014       Curating Feminism: Exhibition and Conference, Sydney College of the Art, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2014       Garnkiny: Constellations of Meaning, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2015       Stations of the Cross, McGlade Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2016       Telling Tales – Excursions in Narrative Form, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2016        All About Art, Alcaston Gallery at Depot Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2016       33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art    Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2016       In the Saddle – On the Wall, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

 

© The Artist, Warmun Art and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017

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