artist details
Loongkoonan

Manambarra Artists

Born around 1910, Loongkoonan is the oldest living Nyikina speaker and one of Australia’s oldest practising artists. A revered matriarch in her community her life experiences inform Loongkoonan’s shimmering and delicate paintings of Nyikina country.

Covered in overlapping dots, they sparkle with a gentle melding of colour and form that perfectly balances delicacy with emotive urgency. In Loongkoonan’s paintings ‘bush tucker’ acts as a metonym for a lifetime’s accumulated knowledge and serves as a referent for a time when the hierarchies of Indigenous knowledge and learning were respected. Balancing nostalgia with an obvious joie de vivre, er works are defiant statements of the continuation of Indigenous culture.

Solo/Two Person Exhibitions

2005:River Stories: New Works by Omborrin and Loongkoonan, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Carlton, Victoria
2005:Lucy and Loongkoonan, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2006:Ngarranganni Manambarra: Loongkoonan and Lucy Ward, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Carlton, Victoria
2006:Birrajakoo: Loongkoonan and Lucy Ward, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries at The Depot II, Waterloo, New South Wales

Group Exhibitions

2005:Melbourne Affordable Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
2005:Reviewing Telstra, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2006:Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
2006:Art Sydney, Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, New South Wales
2006:Artitude, Perth Convention Centre, Perth, Western Australia
2006:Aboriginal Art from the Macquarie University Collection, Macquarie University Art Gallery, North Ryde, New South Wales
2006:Kimberley Women: New Works from Gilgi, Loongkoonan, Lucy Ward and Peggy Wassi, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2006:Kimberley Women: New Works from Gilgi, Loongkoonan, Lucy Ward and Peggy Wassi, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2007:Derby on Derby: New works by Loongkoonan, Lucy Ward, Peggy Wassi and Gilgi, The Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood, Victoria
2007:Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Victoria
2007:Entangled Encounters, Banyule City Art Space, Ivanhoe, Victoria
2007:Spirited Encounters: New Indigenous Painting and Sculpture, Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood, Victoria
2007:Shalom Gamarada Art Exhibition, Eric Caspary Learning Centre at Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Kensington, New South Wales
2007:Boundary Riders: Women Artists from the Kimberley, Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2008:2007 Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, Delmar Gallery, Ashfield, New South Wales
2008:2007 Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, Deakin University Art Collection and Galleries, Burwood, Victoria
2008:2007 Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, Horsham Regional Gallery, Horsham, Victoria
2008:2007 Blake Prize Touring Exhibition, Gippsland Regional Gallery, Sale, Victoria
2008:La Culture en Couleur, Contemporary Aboriginal Art Paris, Paris, France
2008:Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank, Queensland

Collections

Artbank Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia
Macquarie University Collection, New South Wales
Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs Collection, Canberra

Awards/Grants/Commissions

2005:Finalist, Walkom Manning Prize, Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree, New South Wales
2005:Finalist, Canberra Art Prize, Italo Australian Club, Forrest, Australian Capital Territory
2006:Finalist, The 34th Alice Prize, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
2006:Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, Queensland
2006;Finalist, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide, South Australia
2006:Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
2006:Finalist, Fletcher Jones Art Prize, Geelong Gallery, Geelong, Victoria
2006 :Finalist, Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth, Western Australia
2006:Winner, First Prize, The Redland Art Awards, Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland, Queensland
2006:Finalist, Conrad Jupiters Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
2007:Finalist, The Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales
2007:Finalist, 24th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
2007;Winner, Indigenous Award, Drawing Together Art Award, National Archives of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
2007:Finalist, The Hutchins Art Prize, The Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart, Tasmania
2007:Winner, 2D Painting and Mixed Media Prize, Willoughby Art Prize, Willoughby Civic Centre, Chatswood, New South Wales
2007 :Finalist, The Blake Prize, The Gallery, National Art School, Darlinghurst New South Wales
2007:Finalist, Joondalup Invitation Art Award, Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre, Joondalup, Western Australia
2007:Finalist, Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
2007:Finalist, City of Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, South Australia
2007:Highly Commended, Cossack Art Award, Roebourne, WA
2008:Finalist, The Alice Prize, Araluen Cultural Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
2008:Finalist, Albany Art Prize, Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany, Western Australia
2008:Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
2008:Finalist, Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery, South Bank, Queensland
 
Bushtucker in Nyikina Country
Acrylic on Linen
61 x 61 cm
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Bushtucker in Nyikina Country
Acrylic on Paper
76x 56 cm
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Bushtucker in Nyikina Country
Acrylic on Paper
76 x 56 cm
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Bushtucker in Nyikina Country
Acrylic on Linen
84 x 84 cm
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Bushtucker in Nyikina Country
Acrylic on Linen
61 x 61 cm
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Bushtucker in Nyikina Country
Acrylic on Paper
76 x 56 cm
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