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Mark Nodea / Jarlalu Country (18425)

120cm x 180cm Ochre & Garliwan (tree resin) on Canvas

SKU: 18104-1


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Mark was born in Derby in 1968. He resides in Turkey Creek and is the former Chairperson of Warmun Art Centre. He is a wonderful ambassador for his Community and the traditional ochre art of the area. Mark is well educated and an incredibly talented Traditional ochre artist. His charcoal sketches and figurative acrylic works are testimony of his ability in any sphere / medium of artworks.

He has been taught the stories of his land by his mother, artist Nancy Nodea, and paints her country, Texas Downs, and his father’s country around Cherabun Station. Mark’s father is Hanson Boxer, a Walmajarrie man, and this enables Mark to extend his content to embrace both Kitja land and his father’s country around Yakanarra (an excision of Go Go Station via Fitzroy Crossing) and Cherabun Station. His minimal and sometimes flamboyant style gives him scope for large works. He is undoubtedly one of the most naturally talented Australian artists.

Mark’s design won the 2002 Royal Australian Mint International Award for Pure Silver Collector Coin. The Royal Australian Mint has only released ten such coins since 1983. He has participated in Group Exhibitions and his first Solo in September 2003 at the prestigious Alison Kelly Gallery in Melbourne was a sell out success. In 2013, Mark beat a host of brilliant Western Australian artists to take first prize in the $20,000 Mid West Art Award for Excellence.

Selected Exhibitions

• Ochre on Board, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
• Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• Wolf Creek Crater, AGOG, Melbourne, VIC

• Mark Nodea, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
• Group Show, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
• East Kimberley Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome

• Coomalie Culture Centre, Batchelor, NT
• All That Gija Country, Flinders University Museum, SA
• Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
• New Works From Warmun, Framed, Darwin, NT

• In Celebration – The Peter Bailiee Aquisitive Exhibition, Flinders University Art Museum

• 2013 – First Prize, $20,000 Mid West Art Award for Excellence
• 2002 – Kimberley Interpreting Centre, Designer of Image for Medical Poster
• 2002 – Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Designer of 10th Commemorative Silver Dollar

Selected Collections
• Laverty Collection, Sydney
• Ross Jones Collection, Sydney
• Art Gallery of Queensland

In 2006 – 07, Mark painted a series of Kurrirr Kurrirr or Dance Headboards depicting the well documented Corroboree theme as dreamed by the late Rover Thomas. He stated that he had painted Jarlalu Country in memory of Buttercup, one of the most revered and Senior Elder Kitja Law Women who passed away in 2006 about the time he commenced the Kurrirr Kurrirr Series. Mark described the content of the work as being on Texas Downs Station going towards Tickelara (Station), country which both Buttercup and Rover had worked. The artwork incorporates the roundel shapes which are incorporated on the Kurrirr Kurrirr Dance Boards with the rivers and tracks on Texas Downs leading up to Tickelara which is situated in the Bungle Bungles. Buttercup was custodian of a corroboree about which not a great deal is told by the Kitja people. It involved a story as told to Buttercup by a deceased woman known only as “wife for Larry” concerning the water spirits (mermaids) in the area. The corroboree is titled Werra Werra. It appears Mark has connected the two corroborees in a manner which is certainly feasible yet not revealing anything which should not be said.

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