LONDON.- With her expressive brushstrokes, tactile layering of paint and expert use of colour, the work of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori can be described as truly sublime. Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi Art (JGMart) and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, in conjunction with Mornington Island Art, Queensland present this latest body of artwork from one of Australias most exciting contemporary artists. The show will be held at The Gallery in Cork Street, Mayfair for this landmark solo exhibition from the 24th May 5th June 2010.
Sally Gabori has taken the art world by storm since her introduction to paint and canvas in 2005. Colour and canvas became the catalyst for the creation of an entirely unique visual language; a way for Sally to explore life, landscape and memory. With each sweeping brushstroke she transcends western visual art culture, taking us on a journey through her much beloved country.
Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was born around 1924 on the south side of Bentinck Island, of the South Wellesley Island Group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, Australia. Her Kayardild language name Mirdidingkingathi means born at Mirdidingki, her country on Bentinck Island, and Juwarnda means dolphin, her totem.
In 1946 and 1947 severe drought affected the communities in the Gulf area and in 1948 Bentinck Island had great tidal waves or high tides. This all culminated in a deterioration of the Kaiadilt homelands and eventuated in the Missionaries transporting the entire population to the mission on Mornington Island. In the 1980s the Kaiadilt people on Mornington began to re-establish themselves on their ancestral lands on Bentinck Island. However, the Mornington Island community of Gununa is still the major resource centre for these people today.
Sally Gabori began painting in 2005 at Mornington Island Art centre. Her immediate love of paint and the full spectrum of colour offered to her triggered an outpouring of ideas including depicting her country and her ancestral stories. Her paintings are not immediately recognisable as indigenous Australian; there is no dotting, but rather bold, gestured abstract brushstrokes. They are majestic, a real tour de force of colour and could be likened to the work of British artist Howard Hodgkin. Her fascination with colour seems as significant as the content itself. A closer look suggests the country, colour and minds eye combine to impart to the viewer a real and intimate sense of who Sally Gabori is and where she is from. Phillippe Peltier who acquired a major Sally Gabori artwork for the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, has been an avid admirer of Sally Gaboris artwork from the very beginning:
I was surprised and seduced from the moment I first saw Sally Gaboris paintings. Her sense of colour and her use of different layers gave depth and vibration to her painting. The fact that she has such a close connection and knowledge of her land, and as one of only six surviving speakers of the original Kayardild language of her Kaiadilt peoples on the tiny Bentinck Island in Queensland, Australia, makes her work an important acquisition for the Musée duQuai Branly, Paris.
- Phillippe Peltier, Responsable lUnite Patrimoniale Oceanie-Insulinde
Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France
The past year has seen Sally Gabori exhibit to great acclaim both in Australia and around the world. In 2009, Sallys artwork was exposed to an international art market for the first time, exhibiting at the Korean International Art Fair 2009 and Art London 2009. The reception from both Korea and London was overwhelming. Sally was acknowledged as one of the 50 most collectable artists in 2009 and again in 2010, according to the prestigious Australian Art Collector magazine. Serious collectors from New York, London, Netherlands, France and parts of Asia have already acquired her artwork for their collection.
Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi Art is delighted to be working with Alcaston Gallery and Sally Gabori and playing a part in the next step of her illustrious artistic career. As Jennifer explains:
My mission is to bring the best Aboriginal art on offer from across the many remote outback communities of the vast Australian continent. This exhibition is no different. I am very proud to be the first gallery in the UK and Europe to exhibit these beautiful works and continue my mission of bringing the newest and most innovative Indigenous art from Australia to a discerning audience here.
- Jennifer Guerrini-Maraldi, Director, JGMart London