Artist Showcase | Jimmy John Thaiday

Clan group: Peiudu
Language group: Meriem Mer

Jimmy (John) Thaiday was born on Thursday Island in 1978 and grew up in Erub, Torres Strait, where he continues to live and work.

Jimmy trained as a carpenter before pursuing a career as an artist. He has had a lifelong passion for drawing, depicting the fish and marine life on the reef surrounding the island where he grew up. For Jimmy, art is a means of expressing his identity while sharing his culture and beliefs.

Jimmy has been represented in major national and international exhibitions, including WARWAR: The art of the Torres Strait, Newcastle Art Gallery 2021; and Taba Naba, Oceanography Museum, Monaco 2016. His work is represented in major collections in Australia and overseas.

He is represented by Erub Arts, Torres Strait, Queensland.



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Group Exhibition | Highlighted Works

2021 FNQ Contemporaries 
5 Feb – 13 Mar 2021

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Jimmy John Thaiday Yumpla kaikai, 2020, ceramics (woodfired) and ghostnet, Collection of the artist, Courtesy of Erub Arts FNQ Contemporaries installation, Cairns Art Gallery 2021


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