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Mark Nodea / Texas Downs Country (2B)

120cm x 180cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 18074

$5,800.00

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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 Group & Solo Exhibitions
 
2007
• Ochre on Board, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
• Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, NSW
• Wolf Creek Crater, AGOG, Melbourne, VIC
 
2003
·    Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
·    Group Show, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
·    East Kimberley Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome
 
2002
·    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
 
2001
·    In Celebration – The Peter Bailiee Aquisitive Exhibition, Flinders University Art Museum
 
Awards
 
2013
•  First Prize, $20,000 Mid West Art Award for Excellence

 

2002

·    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

This is my uncle and my mother’s country on Texas Downs Station. (Mark’s mother is Nancy Nodea and her brother was the late Churchill Cann – both International Ochre Artists and traditional custodians of Texas Downs). My uncle worked as a stockman on this station for years and knew the land and all the stories for this part. I have painted the top Mountains of Red Butte, with Wagon Creek and Station Creek below and then good grazing land around Joel Springs to the South. My mother told me that the Old People say there are Werra Werra (water spirits and mermaids) in the underground springs which are full of water all year round – the place of the Living Waters.

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