Fiona Omeenyo Paintings

Fiona Omeenyo, Lockhart River artist of North Queensland, has exhibited since 1998, paints ancestral creation stories of her homelands

Fiona Omeenyo is one of the founding artists from the Lockhart River Art Gang, who rose to international prominence with their contemporary based artworks from remote northern Queensland. Fiona Omeenyo was born at Lockhart River on Cape York in 1981 and began exhibiting her artwork in 1998.

Fiona Omeenyo bases many of her paintings around the ancestral creation stories of her homelands, as told to her by her uncle.  Fiona defines these heritage stories in these words  –“This is a true story …this thing really happened, at Pathaco, before time.’

Fiona Omeenyo embraces a semi figurative style of painting to represent the mythic ancestral figures, almost as though carved into the background layers of paint. Her work has been widely exhibited in Australian galleries since winning her first art award in 2001, and has been exhibited internationally throughout the following decade. Fiona Omeenyo is represented in private collections worldwide and public collections at the National Gallery of Victoria and QUT Art Museum. Aboriginal art status – Established artist.

The story outlines the conflicts and events around the wedding of the local chiefs twin daughters, who the ancestor Miiku believed were to be betrothed to him. Miiku began to dance the corroboree mulkarri, causing great rains and floods. He then managed to paddle out to the wedding grounds and secretly abducted the twin sisters. The twin sisters were the parrot twins and their betrothed was the Sea Eagle Kuchuutu. So today you can still find the Sea Eagle hovering over the coast searching for the parrot twins.

Solo Exhibitions:

2007  New Life, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

2005  Melpa Go Long Way, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2004  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne Journey On, Andrew Baker Art Dealer. Brisbane

2003  Wunnem Me For, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2002  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne Kukiya, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2001  Story: Miiku, Parrot Sisters and Kuchuutu, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2001  From Here to There, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2001  Ngaachi Pathaco (My Home), Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2009  Niagara Galleries, Melbourne

2008  From Cape to Cove, Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth

2008  The Women’s Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2008   Bal Tashchit: Thou Shalt Not Destroy, The Jewish Museum of Australia, Melbourne

2007   Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2007   Arte Indigena Dall’Australia: Contemporary Indigenous Art of the Lockhart River Art Gang Queensland, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy

2006   Art for Science, Murdoch Research Institute, Melbourne

2004   Out of Country, Gallery 1601, Washington DC, USA and touring

2004   Hitting on and Kicking Off, Centre of Contemporary Arts, Cairns

2003   The Art Gang: Contemporary Aboriginal Painting, Columbus State University, Georgia, USA

2003   Ngaachi Ngampula (Our Country), Hogarth Galleries, Sydney

2003   Artworks from FNQ + Torres Strait Islands, Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane

2003   Moon: One Icon, Many Stories, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA and Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2003   Kulam Kannga (Beginning): New Works by the Lockhart River Art Gang, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Virginia, USA

2003   Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn, Artspace Mackay, Cairns Regional Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville)

2003   Water: Prints from Lockhart River and the Tiwi Islands, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane

2003   Lockhart River Gang, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs

2002  The Queensland/Berlin Indigenous Art Exhibition, Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin, Germany

2002  Message Stick: Journey’s End, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

2002  In Language (A Cathedrals Week Exhibition), Ann Street Church of Christ, Brisbane

2002   New Ground, Main Street Gallery, Adelaide International Women’s Day Event, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2002  Cape York Art Awards Exhibition, Laura Festival, Queensland

2002  Laura Award Winners Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland

2001  Federation Exhibition: Local Colour, Local Lives, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland

2001  Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland Gatherings, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane

2000  Pama Belong Sandbeach, Queensland

2000  Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane Fifth National Indigenous Art of Place Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra

2000  In my Eyes, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland

2000  Message Stick, Lockhart River Aboriginal Community Arts and Cultural Centre, Queensland and touring

1999  We Searching, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney

1998  Message Stick, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane