Language group: Aangkum (Ungkum)
Rosella Namok was born in1979 and grew up in the community of Lockhart River, far north Queensland where she learned the traditional cultural ways of her people.
In the late 1990s she gained national recognition as a prominent member of the renowned Lockhart River ‘Art Gang’. In the early 2000s Rosella moved to Cairns where she continues to live and work. Her paintings depict both traditional stories and contemporary themes, as well as candid observations about changing lifestyles and the environment.
Through a technique developed by watching her grandmother drawing in the sand, she often creates patterned, linear arrangements by pulling her fingers through the layers of paint, to capture the building storm clouds and deluging rain of the tropical big Wet.
Rosella has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas and has been collected by all major state galleries, the National Gallery of Australia and many private collections including The High Court of Australia, Canberra.
between tradition and innovation
17 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021
Northern Landscapes: six viewpoints
17 Oct – 6 Dec 2020
Queen's Land: Blak Portraiture
17 May – 11 Aug 2019
ARTNOW FNQ 2017
1 Dec 2017 – 18 Feb 2018
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