Fiona Omeenyo was born in 1981 and has been a member of the Lockhart River Art Gang since the late 1990s. Her imagery is based on key stories from the Umpila language group, and they relate to their history, their ancestor spirits, and to their relationship to their land. Fiona appeared on the contemporary art scene in the late 1990s as part of North Queensland’s renowned Lockhart River ‘Art Gang’. She had her first solo show in 2001 in Broome, Western Australia.
Fiona’s work was featured in Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art in 2003. The artist is represented in numerous private and public collections nationally and internationally including National Gallery of Victoria and QUT Art Museum.
Artist Statement: “I’m a member of the Lockhart River Art Gang. We’re a group of Aboriginal Artists from the east coast of Cape York in Far North Queensland. I mainly do paintings on canvas although sometimes I do printing and sculpture. The paintings I’m painting now are about traditional family and everyday things. I paint about my home and country through my painting . No matter where you go, you’re still carrying the stories that elders and family tell you and memories for a life-time .”
Collections: Thomas Vroom Collection, Netherlands, Wollongong University Collection, NSW, ATSIC Collection, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Dept of Native Title Collection, Northern Territory, University Collection, Darwin, Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Awards: Cape York Art Awards – 1st prize in Works on Paper for an etching on chine collection, Art Of Place Awards, Canberra – work selected for exhibition, Cape York Art Awards – 1st prize Paintings in General for an acrylic on canvas painting
Fiona’s work is available through: emerge ART SPACE, Perth; KickArts Contemporary Gallery, Cairns; Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas.
Cairns Regional Gallery
Department of Native Title Services
Queensland University of Technology
Mater Mothers’ Hospital
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Northern Territory University
Thomas Vroom Collection Netherlands