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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
Dennis NONA_Wati Kisai - Bad Moon_Torres Strait
N°: DN127

Dennis NONA

Wati Kisai - Bad Moon

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Dennis NONA_Apu Kaz_Torres Strait
N°: 1638

Dennis NONA

Apu Kaz


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Dennis NONA_Dadu Minaral – Turtle_Torres Strait
N°: DN130

Dennis NONA

Dadu Minaral – Turtle


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Dennis NONA_Sesserae_Torres Strait
N°: DN54

Dennis NONA


Linocut handcoloured

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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