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Rosella Namok

(Australia 19 May 1979 – )

Language group
Aankum, East Cape region
That day
Place of origin
Lockhart RiverCape YorkQueenslandAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

277.0 x 156.0 cm stretcher

Gift of Margaret Tuckson 2007
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Rosella Namok is the most well known of the Lockhart River 'Art Gang', a group of young Aboriginal artists from the east coast of Cape York, who started painting in the mid 1990s and quickly shot to national fame, both for their paintings and prints. Namok held her first solo exhibition in 1999 and has since had numerous exhibitions nationally and internationally. Most recently her work was included in a survey of the work from Lockhart River at The Art Museum, University of Queensland.

The artist's statement for this works states:

"This one … that was about that day when I found out I had lost that baby. I was really upset and I wasn’t thinking about anything but about that baby gone. But now when I think … I still have Isaiah … he makes me smile everyday. It really does remind me of that day, you know."

Bibliography (1)

Sally Butler, Our way: contemporary Aboriginal art from Lockhart River, St. Lucia, 2007, 12 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Our way: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Lockhart River, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, 05 May 2007–01 Jul 2007