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Mark Nodea / Needlepoint (1A)

90cm x 120cm Ochre and Garliwan (tree resin) on Canvas

SKU: 17989


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Mark was born in Derby in 1968. He resides in Turkey Creek and is 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 Group & Solo Exhibitions
• Ochre on Board, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
• Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• Wolf Creek Crater, AGOG, Melbourne, VIC
·    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 Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
·    Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, QLD
·    New Works From Warmun Community, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
·    In Celebration – The Peter Bailiee Aquisitive Exhibition, Flinders University Art Museum
•  First Prize, $20,000 Mid West Art Award for Excellence


·    Kimberley Interpreting Centre, Designer of Image for Medical Poster
·    Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Designer of 10th Commemorative Silver Dollar
Selected Collections
·    Laverty Collection, Sydney
·    Ross Jones Collection, Sydney
·    Art Gallery of Queensland

For the Kitja people, Needlepoint Mountain has always been important. From a functional point of view, it was used as a landmark for knowing which way to go, as a meeting place for the different families, and in the early days the white people used it for the same reason – especially when mustering. It is on Springvale Station, Kitja country, and stands out shimmering brightly in the summer sun, with the flatlands all around. The Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) story tells of an old Kitja man who decided to walk the whole way around Kitja land, which covers a track almost three-quarters of the area of the East Kimberley.

Needlepoint Mountain was where he inadvertently dropped his spear during his journey. On travelling further, he had to cross a section of Woolah (different skin group) country; he was refused entry by a Woolah Elder, who noticed he was not armed with a spear. The Kitja man was killed, and his resting place is on the Gibb River Road near Mt. Barnett.

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