Wiradjuri woman De Greer-Yindimincarlie is an award-winning Aboriginal artist, now living on the Sunshine Coast of QLD. With an impressive body of work spanning 20 years and being sold worldwide in places like the UK, US, Zimbabwe, Japan and Canada, it’s little wonder De won the South East QLD NAIDOC award 2008 for distinguished services in the visual arts industry.
De works across many mediums including visual arts, music, graphic arts and film. She recently produced a film called The Bunya Guitar – it is the story of reconciliation, traditional knowledge and friendship.
Michael Cook is an artist who produces unique photographic works and has a storytelling style. His images are both profound and beautiful. As a former fashion photographer, he knows how to provide aesthetic pleasure and turn that into socio-political commentary. Since Michael’s first solo exhibition, Through My Eyes (2010), his works have been acquired by the National Gallery of Australia and many private collectors.
His other exhibitions include Undiscovered (2010) and Broken Dreams (2010) and both of these works consist of 10 large photographs illustrating narratives examining historic and contemporary relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty
Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty was born at Tennant Creek in 1972 and spent most of her childhood at Nauiyu Nambiyu Community (Daly River). Helen had her first solo exhibition in 2006 in Melbourne and further solo and group exhibitions there, and in Sydney and Perth have quickly followed.
In August 2007, Helen received the People’s Choice Award at the 24th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. Helen was also a finalist at the 2008 Telstra Awards. One of Helen’s paintings was selected to feature as a backdrop on Oprah’s Australian show late last year.
Jandamarra Cadd from Queensland has enjoyed painting for the past 18 years, having been introduced to it as a troubled teen. He calls is style Unified Art – the expression of universal fundamentals that bind us together as humans, while still celebrating our diversity as expressed through culture, race, gender and age.
One of his paintings United Journey won the Indigenous Employees Award and was purchased by the Attorney General’s office and now hangs on their wall in Canberra. He combines traditional Aboriginal art with modern portraiture to achieve his own unique and inventive style of painting.
Lisa Michl’s work is known nationally for incorporating beautifully coloured earth tones and intricate marks or lines that form delicate yet sometimes bold designs.
She describes her art as a way of mapping country, and of sharing the knowledge of significant places and stories passed down by her ancestors. Her work speaks strongly about strengthening culture and the importance of maintaining the connection of country, lore, ceremony and language to succeed in a contemporary world. She has been exhibiting her fine art paintings since 1993 with over 12 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and four solo exhibitions in 2009.