JGM GALLERY brings Aboriginal artists Ms S Gabori and Bob Gibson, and British ceramist Tom Norris to START Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery in London SW3. The fair will run from Wednesday 13 October until Sunday 17 October, 2021.
Concurrent with START Art Fair, JGM Gallery is holding the COLOUR FROM THE AUSTRALIAN DESERT exhibition at its Battersea gallery space, just 15 minutes from the Saatchi Gallery at the heart of the Royal College of Art Battersea campus.
Ms S GaboriBaramundi Story - McKenzie River
Sally Gabori was born around 1924 on the south side of Bentinck Island of the South Wellesley Island Group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. In 1946 and 1947 severe drought affectedthe communities in the gulf area and in 1948 Bentinck Island had great tidal waves or high tides.This culminated in a deterioration of the Kaiadilt homelands and the Presbyterian Missionariestransported the entire population to their Mission on Mornington Island.
Sally Gabori came to Mornington Island with her husband, Pat Gabori as one of his four wives. She came to painting late in her life, however she received critical acclaim as a finalist in the Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery, and the ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, both in 2006. In 2008, major works by the artist were acquired by the Musee du quai Branly, Paris, the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane as well as major private collections. Gabori went on to exhibit at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and represented Australia in the 2013 Venice Biennale.
BOB GIBSON(B.1974 PAPANYA, NT AUSTRALIA)
Bob Gibson is one of the most dynamic and independent mark makers in Indigenous contemporary art. His bold and energetic paintings have put him among the most sought after artists on the market. Gibson tells the stories from his father's country of Patjarr and his mother's country of Kulkurta. He represents Country with a wild and imaginative exploration of colour and form, which happens at a frenetic and decisive pace.
Gibson is in some ways the definition of an outsider artist. He is one of the most fascinating and unique artists to emerge from the Gibson Desert and indeed the wider Contemporary school of Indigenous Art in recent times. He lives and works entirely on his own with little influence from the other artists working at Tjukurla, 250 km from any service outpost.
In Bob Gibson’s paintings, the raw, physical experience of country is transmuted into paint. Underpinning this representation is the attendant spiritual and cultural knowledge that informs the Anangu view of the landscape. Gibson’s works are not simply unmediated depictions of country, but integrated and resolved extensions of cultural knowledge.
- Henry F. Skeritt
Curator of Indigenous Arts of Australia, University of Virginia, USA
Tom Norris articulates his passion for ceramics citing the vessels capacity to facilitate a hybrid exploration between object, culture and subject. Moving from the playful to the serious; from the simple to the sacrosanct, Norris presents these ideas as a layering of figuration and abstraction enveloping the surface of the vessel. Tom Norris’ ceramic practice is often led by circumstance, pace and even transport. His ceramics test the extent he can push a hybrid of jostling information on the classical form of a vessel, and his use of transfers further create a dynamic dialogue between gesture, colour, formal and structured imagery.
I hand build, throw, cast and model in clay so it is a material I know very well. The material and process of clay and ceramics allows me to make meaning in the world. It is a craft process I have been learning and teaching for years. An endeavour that draws enjoyment in and is enriched by the world in which we live. - Tom Norris
Ceramics by Tom Norris