Lockhart River Arts

Lockhart River Arts 2018-05-17T14:01:42+00:00

Lockhart River Arts Indigenous Corporation is situated 850 Km’s north of Cairns in far North Queensland.

Over the last 14 months from January 2017 to February 2018, the Art Centre has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions within Australia and at Booker Lowe Gallery in Houston Texas in the United States of America.

In January 2018, the Art Centre had its first exhibition for the year at Art Mob Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery in Hobart. In February 2018 artists Rosella Namok, Fiona Omeenyo, Patrick Butcher and Silas Hobson completed a successful 5 day master print workshop at TAFE Cairns facilitated by KickArts Contemporary Gallery Cairns.

In April 2018, through Suzanne O’Connell Gallery in Brisbane, artist Irene Namok’s work will be featured in a combined exhibition in Paris France. In May to June 2018, artists Silas Hobson, Irene Namok and Corporation Manager Enoch Perazim will travel to Sydney to open its group exhibition at Art Atrium Gallery on 25 May 2018.

The same team will travel to Switzerland to attend the combined group exhibition opening at Musée de l’art aborigène australien “La grange” in Motiers on 3 June 2018. The exhibition in Switzerland is titled “Islands in the Sea” and features paintings from Lockhart River, Tiwi Island, Elcho Island and Mornington Island. In July 2018, the Art Centre will participate at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. We have a full schedule that will take us all the way to the 2018 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair in August.

We are committed to preserving culture, traditional values and way of life through arts for the Lockhart River Community from past to present and future generations. It is the Art Centre, its artist’s and staff’s honour to participate at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

Featured Artist: Artist Patrick Butcher Jnr working on Lino Prints at the Print Workshop at TAFE Cairns in February 2018

Patrick W Butcher Jnr was born in January 1977 and comes from the Umpila language group. He was part of the early group of artists in the mid 1990’s that formed the Lockhart River Art Gang. Whilst developing his artistic skills, Patrick joined the Australian Army Reserves. He exited the Army after a period to concentrate on his arts as a full-time artist resident in Lockhart River.

Patrick’s works are a contemporary take on a range of subjects which he pre-thinks before starting his works. His work is a combination of links to his strong cultural traditions, land, sea and language heritage. Patrick paints with his left and right hands, He does not use brushes do works. He is the only current artist within the Lockhart River Art Gang that uses his hands to paint.

Patrick paints with acrylic on canvas and linen. Patrick has done batik and lino-printing works using cross hatching techniques. He has also done small scale beginners pottery works.

Since 1997 to early 2018, Patrick Butcher has had his works exhibited in Lockhart River Group exhibitions in Hobart Tasmania, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin and Houston Texas USA.

From 3 June 2018 to 28 October 2018, Patrick’s works will be exhibited in a permanent collection at Foundation Burkhardt-Felder et Culture Musee de l’art aboriegene australien “La grange” in Switzerland. The exhibition in Switzerland will include paintings from other Lockhart River artists, Silas Hobson, Irene Namok, Rosella Namok and Fiona Omeenyo and is titled “Islands in the sea”.

Artist statement:
“In my spare time I like to go fishing. When its high tide I like to go spear fishing for stingrays and the many species of fish I come across, and diving amongst the rocks off shore. Usually I like to make spear and find the elders and have a yarn with them about bush tucker and all that”.

Queensland Art Gallery, Wollongong University Collection, National Gallery of Victoria; Foundation Burkhardt-Felder et Culture Musee de l’art aboriegene australien “La grange” in Switzerland.

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