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Artist BiographiesBiographies of Urban Aboriginal Artists


Sally Morgan is recognised as one of Australia's best known Aboriginal artists and writers. Sally was born in Perth in 1951. As a child she found school difficult because of questions from other students about her appearance and family background. When Sally was fifteen she learnt that she and her sister were of Aboriginal descent. To read more, see our biography of Sally Morgan.

Yondee (Shane Hansen) is a Noongar man from Western Australia who is developing ways to depict the stories and legends of his people. He wishes to continue the stories of his grandfather and he learnt these stories and images as ground paintings so he feels the translation of them to sand paintings and other media does them justice and brings them to new audiences. To read more, see our biography of Yondee (Shane Hansen).

Arone Meeks is an urban Aboriginal artist from Laura in far north Queensland. He has had both a traditional and formal education and is an accomplished painter and print maker. For more information, read the Biography of Arone Meeks.

Joanne Currie Nalingu is a self taught artist from the Maranoa region of South West Queensland and her vibrant and lyrical paintings capture the beauty and colour of the river and the desert. Joanne has also worked on numerous public art projects including a huge glass wall at Coolangatta TAFE College. Joanne is regarded by many as the most accomplished and exciting female Aboriginal painter working in South East Queensland.

Laurie Nilsen has been painting and making sculpture for over twenty years and has been included in a number of major international exhibitions. Laurie's work is known for its references to the area around Roma, Central Queensland and he often paints in ochres that evoke the dry creek beds and semi-desert. His sculptural work often is humorous and satirical. Laurie has three times been awarded the distinction of Queensland Aboriginal Artist of the Year.


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