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Fiona Omeenyo – Ancestors and Spirits

Fiona Omeenyo – Ancestors and Spirits

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21 July – 12 September 2017

Fiona Omeenyo – Ancestors and Spirits

Fiona Omeenyo draws on the culture and story-telling of her home community at Lockhart River in northern Queensland to make paintings of the spirits of both living and past occupants. Her approach is highly individualistic, creating amorphous figures that merge into the environment and the background.

A room full of her paintings creates the sense of movement and activity, the ongoing world of spirit forms and human endeavours. Fiona’s style uses figurative elements that have a mythical, abstracted feeling, where the figures are carved or etched into the background layers of paint to become part of the landscape. She bases many of her paintings around the ancestral Creation stories of her homelands, as told to her by her uncle. Fiona defines these ancestral stories as “true stories … things that really happened … before time.”

 Fiona says of her paintings that show images of birds – “Elders say that when we pass, our spirits leave us and fly into the sunset.” In the paintings from this series the Elders have taken an ethereal bird-like form as they fly over the sun-kissed land, their wings gilt with light, towards the rich red sunset.

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One Mob by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  One Mob

Jap 013685  |  acrylic on canvas  |  161 x 103 cm

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Close Family by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Close Family

Jap 013689  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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On the Coast by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  On the Coast

Jap 013696  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 89 cm

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Out to Sea – Family Day by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Out to Sea – Family Day

Jap 013697  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 cm

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Reunion by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Reunion

Jap 013681  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 103 cm

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Day Out at Double Stone by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Day Out at Double Stone

Jap 013684  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 103 cm

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Flying Out from Double Stone by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Flying Out from Double Stone

Jap 013690  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 89 cm

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Connected by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Connected

Jap 013699  |  acrylic on canvas  |  104 x 102 cm

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Look for Each Other by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Look for Each Other

Jap 013698  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 105 cm

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Traditional Dancing by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Traditional Dancing

Jap 013680  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 104 cm

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Family Out by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Family Out

Jap 013692  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 88 cm

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Reunion by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Reunion

Jap 013682  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 102 cm

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Protected by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Protected

Jap 013683  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 103 cm

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Coming Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Coming Together

Jap 013678  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 105 cm

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Through the Lands by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Through the Lands

Jap 013686  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 103 cm

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Malkari by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Malkari

Jap 013688  |  acrylic on canvas  |  161 x 104 cm

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Holding on Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Holding on Together

Jap 013828  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 cm

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Strong by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Strong

Jap 013827  |  acrylic on canvas  |  103 x 88 cm

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Out to the Horizon by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Out to the Horizon

Jap 013693  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 89 cm

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Moonlight Fishing by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Moonlight Fishing

Jap 013700  |  acrylic on canvas  |  103 x 98 cm

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Journey Out by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Journey Out

Jap 013701  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 104 cm

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Festival Time by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Festival Time

Jap 013823  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 89 cm

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Searching by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Searching

Jap 012430  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 88 cm

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Culture Day by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Culture Day

Jap 013824  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 cm

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Connected to the Land by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Connected to the Land

Jap 013825  |  acrylic on canvas  |  103 x 87 cm

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Spirits in the Night by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Spirits in the Night

Jap 013694  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 89 cm

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Travelling On by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Travelling On

Jap 013695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 87 cm

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Search the Coast by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Search the Coast

Jap 013826  |  acrylic on canvas  |  104 x 88 cm

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Big Family by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Big Family

Jap 013679  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 105 cm

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Closeness by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Closeness

Jap 013687  |  acrylic on canvas  |  162 x 104 cm

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Travelling Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Travelling Together

Jap 013691  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 90 cm

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