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Fiona Omeenyo Paintings

Fiona Omeenyo Paintings

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

Fiona Omeenyo

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

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We are Sand Beach People by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  We are Sand Beach People

Jap 015069  |  acrylic on canvas  |  222 x 104 cm

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Watching over the Lands by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Watching over the Lands

Jap 014986  |  acrylic on canvas  |  222 x 105 cm

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Searching the Coast by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Searching the Coast

Jap 014979  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 cm

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Fading Into the Lands by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Fading Into the Lands

Jap 014977  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 103 cm

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Day out on the Beach by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Day out on the Beach

Jap 014985  |  acrylic on canvas  |  223 x 104 cm

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Looking for Snapper at Double Stone by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Looking for Snapper at Double Stone

Jap 014145  |  acrylic on canvas  |  222 x 105 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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Journey Out by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Journey Out

Jap 013701  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 104 cm

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Spirits in the Distance by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Spirits in the Distance

Jap 014861  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 102 cm

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Walking on Country by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Walking on Country

Jap 014987  |  acrylic on canvas  |  224 x 104 cm

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Journey Along the East Coast by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Journey Along the East Coast

Jap 014980  |  acrylic on canvas  |  218 x 104 cm

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Family Get Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Family Get Together

Jap 014146  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 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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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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Families Searching for Each Other by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Families Searching for Each Other

Jap 014310  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 cm

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Journey through Country by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Journey through Country

Jap 014988  |  acrylic on canvas  |  223 x 104 cm

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Flying Out – To the Sunset by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Flying Out – To the Sunset

Jap 014983  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 104 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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Spirits Watching Us by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Spirits Watching Us

Jap 014978  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 104 cm

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Watching Over the People by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Watching Over the People

Jap 014982  |  acrylic on canvas  |  217 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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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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Family Out by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Family Out

Jap 013692  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 88 cm

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Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Together

Jap 012527  |  acrylic on canvas  |  176 x 110 cm

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Fishing at Claudie by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Fishing at Claudie

Jap 012529  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 83 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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On Country by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  On Country

Jap 014144  |  acrylic on canvas  |  221 x 104 cm

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Gathering and Yarning by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Gathering and Yarning

Jap 014311  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 104 cm

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Big Family Gathering by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Big Family Gathering

Jap 014989  |  acrylic on canvas  |  223 x 104 cm

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One Big Mob Gathering by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  One Big Mob Gathering

Jap 014855  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 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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Traditional Dancing by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Traditional Dancing

Jap 013680  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 104 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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Sorry Ones by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Sorry Ones

Jap 012528  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 85 cm

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Family Gathering on Country by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Family Gathering on Country

Jap 014141  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 102 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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Spirits Everywhere by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Spirits Everywhere

Jap 014981  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 102 cm

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Family Connection by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Family Connection

Jap 014858  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 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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Search the Coast by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Search the Coast

Jap 013826  |  acrylic on canvas  |  104 x 88 cm

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Watching the Sunset at Lockhart Beach by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Watching the Sunset at Lockhart Beach

Jap 014148  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 106

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Each Way by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Each Way

Jap 012526  |  acrylic on canvas  |  176 x 110 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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Reunion by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Reunion

Jap 013682  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 102 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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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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Protected by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Protected

Jap 013683  |  acrylic on canvas  |  163 x 103 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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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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Searching by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Searching

Jap 014307  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 102 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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Fishing out on the Reef by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Fishing out on the Reef

Jap 014860  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 105 cm

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