Dennis Nona

Born in 1973 - Australia

BIOGRAPHY

Dennis Nona was born in 1973 on the Badu Island. He comes from the Torres Strait, from one of the two ?indigenous? communities in Australia (in the Northern part of the continent).

He is a print artist and a sculptor and, through his art, he tells the legends of his people. He is considered to be one of the best representatives of Australian printmaking. His favorite techniques are the linocut and the aquatint; he uses these techniques because he thinks the texture of the paper, the fabrication techniques and the ink and pigments give strength to the universe he creates.

Dennis Nona reinterprets the patterns of the traditional mask drawings that evoke the legends of the Torres Strait and of Papua New Guinea, so his artworks are veritable ?chanson de gestes?.

His works are unique combinations of traditional totemic representations that often have marine subjects (turtles, fish, lobsters), of invented shapes and characters that seem to come from Hieronymus Bosch?s paintings, and subtle arabesques as a background for these narratives.

Beyond its visual dimesion, the graphic work of Dennis Nona is a ?defense and illustration? of the culture of his native region.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS AND GROUP SHOWS

2012
"Waii", Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Fondation Burkhardt-Felder Arts et Culture, Môtiers, (Switzerland)

2011
Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Musée d’Art & d’Histoire, Rochefort, (France)
"Land, Sea and Sky", Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, (Australie)
"Malu Minar", Centre Tjibaou, (New Calédonia)
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York, (USA)
Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Paris, (France)
"Entre ciel, terre et mer ou le mythe revisité", Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob / Ambassade d’Australie, Paris, (France)
New Works, Art Mob, Hobart, (Australia)
"Waii", Gold Coast City Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, (Australia)

2010
"Muluka Pyban", United Galleries, Perth, (Australia)

2009
"GAIGAI IKA WOEYBADH YATHAREWMKA", Robert Steele Gallery, New York, Etats-Unis, (USA)
"Treasures of the Past", Art Mob, Hobart, (Australia)
Muluka Pyban (Passing Down), United Galleries, Sydney, (Australia)

2007
"Sesserae", Impressions on Paper Gallery, Canberra, (Australia)
Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, (Australia)
Zugulal, Art Mob, Hobart, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Big Star Art Gallery, Adelaide, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne, (Australia)

2006 – 2007
"Sesserae", Rockhampton Regional Gallery, Rockhampton, Queensland, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Port Macquarie Regional Art Gallery, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Gab Titui Cultural Centre, Thursday Island, Queensland, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Queensland, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Cooloola Shire Gallery, Cooloola, Queensland, (Australia)
"Sesserae", New Land Regional Gallery, Adelaide, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Logan City Art Gallery, Logan City, Queensland, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Caloundra City Gallery, Caloundra City, Queensland, (Australia)

2006
"Australie : le jeune homme et la mer, Galerie Galerie Arts d’Australie • Stéphane Jacob, Ambassade d’Australie, (Paris, France)
New Works by Dennis Nona, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, (UK)
"Sesserae", Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Darwin Entertainment Centre Gallery, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Framed Gallery, Darwin, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane, (Australia)

2005
"Sesserae", Dell Gallery at Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, (Australia)
"Sesserae", Darwin Entertainment Centre Gallery, Darwin, (Australia)
"Sesserae and Other Stories", Kickarts, Cairns, (Australia)

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