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ABORIGINAL & TORRES STRAIT ISLANDERS ARTISTS OR WESTERN

Dennis NONA

 
Dates: 1973
Language: Kal-lagaw-ya
Community: Ile de Badu
Art : Aboriginal
Region: Torres Strait
State: Queensland


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Dennis Nona is widely acknowledged as one the most important Torres Strait Islander artists. Born on Badu Island in 1973 he was taught as a young boy the traditional craft of woodcarving. In 2007, he became the youngest Australian artist and first Torres Strait Islander to win the 1st prize of the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. In 2008, in 2010 and again in 2011, Dennis received the Telstra Works on Paper Award.

Nona pioneered the development of the highly intricate linocut prints unique to the Torres Strait Islands. Instead of a work based on a single image like that of the traditional Torres Strait Islander art, he introduced many. In this way he could relate an entire narrative in one single work. Since this breakthrough, the imagery created by printmakers like Nona, have given local culture a vital reinvigoration. Today they are central to a cultural revival and elders now refer to them to help them to relate ancient stories to others.

Nona often works on a monumental scale. This enables him to visually translate some of the long and complex legends of his island in intricate details. Now he is working a bronze and pearlshell project for the new Musée des Confluences in Lyon, monumental sculpture that will measure 6 meters high and 8.5 meters long.

His skill and constant innovation have resulted in works of great beauty and complexity. This is why it is seen in depth in Australia’s National Gallery, all the State Galleries, and in a growing number of important overseas institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum (London) the Tjibaou Cultural Center (Nouméa), the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (Rochefort) and the Musée des Confluences (Lyon).

Dennis's engravings are being exhibited in Switzerland. Visit exhibition's webpage



Collections :

• Musée des Confluences, Lyon, FRANCE/ Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Rochefort, FRANCE/ British Museum, Londres, GRANDE-BRETAGNE/ Victoria & Albert Museum, Londres, GRANDE-BRETAGNE/ Brighton University, Brighton, GRANDE-BRETAGNE/ National Museums Scotland, Edimbourg, ECOSSE/ Cambridge University Museum, GRANDE-BRETAGNE/ King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, ARABIE SAOUDITE/ Machida Graphic Arts Museum, Tokyo, JAPON/ Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, AUSTRALIE/ Museum of American Indian Arts, Nouveau Mexique, ÉTATS-UNIS/ Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Art & Culture, Môtiers, SUISSE/ National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, AUSTRALIE/ Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIE/ Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ÉTATS-UNIS/ Artbank, Sydney, AUSTRALIE/ Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaïde, AUSTRALIE/ Australian National University Printmaking Collection, Canberra,

AUSTRALIE/ Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, AUSTRALIE/ Cairns Regional Gallery, AUSTRALIE/ Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, AUSTRALIE/ Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, AUSTRALIE/ Charles Darwin University Art Collection, Darwin, AUSTRALIE/ Gateway Horn Island Museum, Horn Island, AUSTRALIE/ Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, AUSTRALIE/ Griffith University Art Collection, Nathan, AUSTRALIE/ National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AUSTRALIE/ National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, AUSTRALIE/ Noosa Regional Gallery, Noosa Heads, AUSTRALIE/ OTC Collection, Sydney, AUSTRALIE/ Parliament House, Canberra, AUSTRALIE/ Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, AUSTRALIE/ Perc Tucker Gallery, Townsville, AUSTRALIE/ Queensland Museum, Brisbane, AUSTRALIE/ Queensland University of Technology Art Collection, Brisbane, AUSTRALIE/ Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, AUSTRALIE/ University of Wollongong Art Collection, Wollongong, AUSTRALIE/ The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Wagga Wagga, AUSTRALIE/ Tweed River Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, AUSTRALIE/ Bond University, Gold Coast, AUSTRALIE
Artworks
Dennis NONA_Abatuli_Torres Strait
N°: DN164

Dennis NONA

Abatuli

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Dennis NONA_Ara - Boxing waves_Torres Strait
N°: DN96

Dennis NONA

Ara - Boxing waves

linocut kaidaral
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Dennis NONA_Arika II (Coming of the Rain)_Torres Strait
N°: DN196

Dennis NONA

Arika II (Coming of the Rain)

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Dennis NONA_Baidam Aw Kuik_Torres Strait
N°: DN172

Dennis NONA

Baidam Aw Kuik

Bronze, pearlshell
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Dennis NONA_Bu_Torres Strait
N°: DN170

Dennis NONA

Bu


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Dennis NONA_Bulla Roar_Torres Strait
N°: DN133

Dennis NONA

Bulla Roar

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Dennis NONA_Byerb Ibaik_Torres Strait
N°: DN171

Dennis NONA

Byerb Ibaik

White copper, pearlshell and fibre
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Dennis NONA_Celalai Yana_Torres Strait
N°: DN148

Dennis NONA

Celalai Yana

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Dennis NONA_Dangau Pui_Torres Strait
N°: DN118

Dennis NONA

Dangau Pui

Linocut
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Dennis NONA_Dhangalal Pui Maibigal_Torres Strait
N°: DN192

Dennis NONA

Dhangalal Pui Maibigal

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Dennis NONA_Didabid 2_Torres Strait
N°: DN143

Dennis NONA

Didabid 2

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Dennis NONA_Dokeran_Torres Strait
N°: DN132

Dennis NONA

Dokeran

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Dennis NONA_Gabau Giralal [Vents de nuages]_Torres Strait
N°: DN103

Dennis NONA

Gabau Giralal [Vents de nuages]

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Dennis NONA_Gabua Zirul [Vent et rayon de soleil]_Torres Strait
N°: DN104

Dennis NONA

Gabua Zirul [Vent et rayon de soleil]

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Dennis NONA_Gamu Minaral_Torres Strait
N°: DN145

Dennis NONA

Gamu Minaral

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Dennis NONA_Gima Gunn_Torres Strait
N°: DN91

Dennis NONA

Gima Gunn

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Dennis NONA_Goimau Pui – Boil Medicine_Torres Strait
N°: DN80

Dennis NONA

Goimau Pui – Boil Medicine

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Dennis NONA_Gubau Warau – Wind Bird_Torres Strait
N°: DN126

Dennis NONA

Gubau Warau – Wind Bird

Linocut, handcoloured
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Dennis NONA_Gubuka - Stingrays_Torres Strait
N°: DN135

Dennis NONA

Gubuka - Stingrays

Bronze & aluminium
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Dennis NONA_Kaiwai_Torres Strait
N°: DN106

Dennis NONA

Kaiwai

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Oeuvre épuisée / Sold Out Edition

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  Some references:
Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Confluences à Lyon, Musée d'Art Contemporain les Abattoirs à Toulouse, Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Asie de Vichy, Musée de la Musique, Museum d'histoire naturelle de Lille, Musée de Rochefort, Fondation Electricité de France, Fondation Colas, Banque Dexia ...

We are members of the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en Objets d'Art et de Collection (C.N.E.S.)*
We are members of the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art
*National French Chamber of experts specialized in artworks
Comité des Galeries d'Art