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Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c 1924 - 2015)

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c 1924 - 2015)

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was one of the leading contemporary Australian artists of the last decade. Though her career only began in 2005, she has since taken the art world by storm. Sally Gabori joined the stable of artists at Alcaston Gallery in 2006.

Sally Gabori’s immediate love of paint and the full spectrum of colour offered to her triggered an outpouring of ideas including depicting her country and her ancestral stories. Whilst her works could be recognised as abstraction, they are actually land and seascapes and her fascination with colour seems as significant as the content itself. A closer look, the country, colour and mind’s eye combine to impart to the viewer a real and intimate sense of who Sally Gabori is and where she is from. The artist’s raw talent and appeal has reached far and wide, resulting in Sally Gabori being one of the most highly regarded and sought after contemporary Australian artists.

Sally Gabori has also made her mark internationally, with her works being exhibited in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, USA, Korea, the Netherlands and Italy. Sally Gabori’s work features in important collections and major institutions in Australia and abroad including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Zealand the Musée du Quai Branly, France and the Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the Netherlands.

In 2013, Sally Gabori was selected for the Australia exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The exhibition marked the first major survey of Australian art in the United Kingdom for 50 years. The exhibition spanned over 200 years, from 1800 to present day and revealed the evolution of Australia through its art.

Also in 2013, Sally Gabori was honoured to be invited to exhibit in Personal Structures as part of the 55th Venice Biennale. Held at Palazzo Bembo, Personal Structures was part of an international art project, which focused on artists working with Time, Space and Existence. She exhibited alongside artists Dale Frank, Sam Jinks, Yoko Ono, Per Hess, Ben Vautier and Yang Fan.

In 2014, Sally Gabori was awarded a successful commission to be part of the new Brisbane International airport terminal upgrade. This amazing accolade is an immense tribute for the artist and her Kaiadilt family.

In 2015 Alcaston Gallery presented a survey exhibition of Sally Gabori’s paintings from 2005 to 2013 entitled 'Colour Country'.

In February 2015 Alcaston Gallery was deeply saddened to announce the passing of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, who has left behind a tremendous legacy that will be remembered for many years to come.

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was honoured with a major retrospective presented by the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art entitled Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid - Land of All from 21 May - 28 August 2016, before travelling to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne from September 23 - January 21, 2017.

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© The Estate of the Artist and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2010 Mundamurra Ngijinda Dulk: My Island Home, Sally Gabori, The Gallery in Cork Street, Mayfair,  London, United Kingdom.

2011 Ngumuwa Kinyint - Dark Shapes, Alcaston Gallery @ Gipps Street Gallery, Richmond, Victoria, Australia

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, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

2014 Sally Gabori, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2015 Sally Gabori: Colour Country – A Survey 2005 – 2013, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

2016/17 Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid - Land of All, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013 My Country – I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, QAG/GOMA, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2013 Australia, Royal Academy of the Arts in conjunction with National Gallery of Australia, London, United Kingdom

2013 Personal Structures, 55th Venice Biennale 2013, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

2014 My Country: Contemporary Art from Black Australia, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, New Zealand

2014 Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2014 Colour Me Brisbane, G20 Summit, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2014/15 Sublime: Contemporary works from the Collection, QAG/GOMA, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2015 Indigenous Art: Moving Backwards into the Future, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

2016  Provenance Does Matter: The Collectors' Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 

2017  Mad Love, curated by del Kathryn Barton, Arndt Gallery, Berlin, Germany


Selected Achievements

2009 Commission, Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2011 Commission, Banco Court, Brisbane Supreme Court and District Court, Brisbane, Queensland

2011 Commission, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2012 WINNER Gold Award

2012 WINNER Togart Contemporary Art Award

2014 Commission, Brisbane Airport International Terminal Redevelopment, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

2014 Finalist 31st National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award


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