Artist Showcase | Dorothy Gabori

Clan groups: Kaiadilt
Language groups: Kayardild

Dorothy Gabori was born in 1959 and speaks Kayardild language. She is a Kaiadilt woman from Dulkawalne, Bentinck Island who creates vibrant artworks using watercolour, acrylic paint and brightly coloured felt wool.

Dorothy often collaborates with her sister Amanda Gabori. Inspired by Bentinck Island her ancestral homeland in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria, she was first encouraged to paint by her mother, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924-2015), one of Australia’s most celebrated contemporary artists.

Dorothy works with contemporary materials in order to engage audiences with the stories and cultural practices of her people. As she explains:

My father was Pat Gabori, he was a hunter, a hard working old fella. We used to go bush with our parents who taught us a lot about our homelands both Bentinck Island and Sweers Island.

Group Exhibitions | Highlighted Works

FNQ Contemporaries 2022
29 Jan – 6 Mar 2022

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Amanda Gabori & Dorothy Gabori, Our Mother's Country, 2021, synthetic polymer paint on plywood, Collection of the artist and Mornington Island Art Centre


Women Painting Country
16 Oct – 14 Dec 2021

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Dorothy Gabori, Mud shells, 2021, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of the artist and Mornington Island


13 Dec 2019 – 2 Feb 2020

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Amanda Gabori & Dorothy Gabori, Our Mother's Country, 2019, synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen, Collection of the artist, courtesy of MIART, Mornington Island



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