From Memory, 10 November - 5 December 2009
Senior Aboriginal artist, Sally Gabori, was born about 1924 on Bentinck Island in Queensland's Gulf of Carpentaria. She made her first painting in April 2005 at the age of 81, and in the short time since then her fresh and instinctive use of sweeping colour has captured the imaginations of collectors throughout the world. Gabori's innovative gestural paintings represent the Bentinck Island landscapes of her childhood, and by making them now, towards the end of her life, she is re-engaging with the country from which she was removed by missionaries in the 1940s.
Sally Gabori's work is held in private and public collections in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA - including the Chartwell Collection (Auckland), the Musee du Quai Branly (Paris), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney), National Gallery of Australia (Canberra), Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane), and the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne).
We are fortunate to see these highly sought-after works in a New Zealand show that reveals the artist at the height of her powers. Tim Melville Gallery is grateful to Mirndiyan Gununa Mornington Island Art for their support in making the exhibition possible.