Skip to content

BIOGRAPHY

Gordon Hookey was born in Cloncurry, Queensland in 1961. Hookey belongs to the Waanyi people. He has received a BFA from The University of New South Wales and a Master of Visual Arts from Griffith University. His work has been exhibited throughout Australia and internationally at venues including, documenta 14; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Milani Gallery, Queensland; UQ Art Museum, Brisbane; and National Art Museum of China, Beijing. Hookey’s work is held in major collections including the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth; National Gallery of Australia and Australian National University, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; University of Technology, Sydney; Cleveland Shire Council, Cleveland, England; Osaka Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan, University of Alberta, Canada; and a number of significant private collections. Hookey currently lives and works in Brisbane, Australia.

EDUCATION

2012
Master of Visual Arts, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane

1991
Bachelor of Fine Arts, College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Sydney

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2021
Sacred Nation, Scared Nation, Fort Gansevoort, New York

2017
Wellaroo, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative, Sydney

2015
Extant, Artrageous, Deagon

2014
Gordon Hookey: Kangaroo Crew, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

2012
Graduation Exhibition, Whitebox Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane
Recent Sculpture and Drawing, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

2010
Recent Drawings: The Kangaroo Series, Nellie Caston Gallery, Melbourne

2009
“WHICHWAY!...?’’, Milani Gallery, Brisbane

2008
“a ready made joke”, Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne

2007
So Fist Tick Catered Phenomenaah, Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Contempt Free Hart, Contemporary Arts, Umbrella Studio, Townsville, Queensland
Con Ject Charr-Jarr-Yarh-”Arrgh”, Koorie Heritage Trust Inc, Melbourne, Australia

2006
Kopatai Project Space, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand

2005
www.gordonhoo.com, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2001
Ruddocks Wheel, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney

2000
Untitled, Villa Van Delden, Ahaus, Germany

1996
Terraism, Red Shed Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia

1995
Interface Inya Face, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra, Australia

1994
Canadian Exchange, Arthaus, Sydney

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2001
In Ya Face (with Gordon Syron), Boomali Aboriginal Artists Cooperative, Sydney

1998
Furious (with Andy Lelei), Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Just Not Australian, Artspace, Sydney

2018
Frontier Imaginaries ed. 5: Trade Markings, Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven
Continental Drift: From Blak to Black, CIAF, Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns

2017
The National, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
dOCUMENTA 14, Athens and Kassel

2016
Beyond the Tower: UQ Art Museum - 40 years and counting, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Frontier Imaginaries, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane

2015
Out of Queensland: New Indigenous Textiles, Cairns Regional Gallery

2014
Conflict: Contemporary Responses to War, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
My Country, I Still Call Australia Home (Touring), Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tamaki
FOUR ROOMS, Adelaide Festival, Tandanya, Adelaide
proppaNOW – the black line, Bett Gallery, Hobart
proppaNOW, Brisbane Powerhouse

2013
NEW2013, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Born to Concrete, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
My Country, I Still Call Australia Gome, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

2012
Propositions, Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Sculpture Is Everything, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
ANIMAL / HUMAN, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane
Making Change, Beijing, National Art Museum of China, ANIMATION: TERRAIST

2011
Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James C Sourris AM Collection, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
The Black See, proppaNOW, Kickarts Contemporary Arts, Cairns
Felix Australia, ICE Gallery at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2010
PAY ATTENTION, Tony Albert and friends City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand
Jus’ Drawn, proppaNOW, Linden Contemporary Arts Centre, Melbourne & touring with NETS through regional Victoria until 2011
PUTSCH, proppaNOW, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide Festival Visual Arts

2009
I walk the line, New Australian Drawing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

2008
Australian, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Selected Recent Acquisitions, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane

2007
Culture Warriors, National Indigenous Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra & touring in Australia and Washington until 2009
The Amersham Trophy, proppaNOW, Ambleside Street Studio, West End, Brisbane
Friendly Fire, proppaNOW Group, George Petelin Gallery, Gold Coast
Power and Beauty: Indigenous Art Now, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne, VIC.

2006
Urban Aboriginal Artists of NSW, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative Exhibition, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide There Goes The Neighbourhood, proppaNOW, Ambleside Street Studio, Brisbane

2004
On Reason and Emotion, Biennale of Sydney, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne
Colour Power, National Gallery of Victoria, The Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne
Urban Aboriginal Artists of NSW, Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative Exhibition, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide

2003
Con-Sen-Trick-Sir-Kills, Linden Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne
One Square Mile, Museum of Brisbane
Travelling Waters linking our Communities 11th Mil-Pra AECG, Aboriginal Exhibition and Art Award, Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney
Flannelette, Liverpool Regional Museum, Sydney

2002
The History of Things to Come, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Common Ground, Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney

2001
Weaving Garden, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Caught in the Headlights, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney
Intermission, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney
Dingo Flat, Workshop and Exhibition, John Curtin Gallery, Perth
Uncommon World, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

2000
Aboriginal Expo 2000, Olympic Site, Sydney
Mum Shirl Tribute Exhibition, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney
Shop Front, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney
Black 2 Basics, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney
Comfort Zone, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney
Beyond the Pale, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

1999
Reconcilliation, Lane Cover Culture and Music Centre, Sydney
Black and White, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW

1998
White Man Can’t Dance, Bangarra Theatre, Sydney
Furious, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (residency), Sydney
La Casa Musicale, Perpignan, France
My Country, Fairfield Regional Heritage Centre, Sydney
Fourth NATSI Heritage Award, Old Parliament House, Canberra
Djarlaringi, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney
Our Children, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Wake Naima, Djabai Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia

1997
Off-Shore: On-site, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
Black Letter Law, Touring Exhibition, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Black on Trac, Annual Members Exhibition, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, SydneyBlack Humour, (touring) Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra

1996
Finders Keepers, Margrove Heritage Centre, Cleveland, England, UK

1995
Skin, Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney
Native Title, Touring Exhibition, Tandanya, Adelaide
Power Games, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney
NAIDOC Week on the Street, Paddington, Sydney
16 Songs, (Touring Exhibition), The University Art Museums, University of California at Santa Barbara, United States of America
Reactions, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney

1994
3rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Heritage Art Award, The Art of Place, Old Parliament House, Canberra
Man Animal Man, Gorman House, Canberra
Crossworks, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Naii Ngarrambi Wanggirali Nangi Dyannai Ngurui, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
Neo Locula Collection, Arthaus, Sydney
Urban Artyfact, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney

1993
Dante in Australia, Centro Deantesco, Ravenno, Italy

1992
Continuity, Boomalli Aboriginal Artist’s Co-operative, Sydney

1991
Solid, The Works Gallery, Sydney

1990
Maroochy Arts Festival, Maroochy Town Hall, Nambour, Queensland, Australia

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS

2009
Albers Foundation Studio Residency, Connecticut, USA (Australia Council for the Arts)

2008
Casula Powerhouse Residency, Sydney
Gertrude Street Contemporary Art Space and Studios Residency, Melbourne

2007
Umbrella Studios Residency, Contemporary Arts, Townsville, Queensland

2006
Otago University Residency, Dunedin, New Zealand 2006 Banff Centre Residency, Banff, Canada

2005
Deadly Award – Visual Artist of the Year

2004
Casula Powerhouse Residency, Sydney

1998
Emerging Artists Prize, 4th NATSI Heritage Art Award, Canberra

1990
Maroochy Arts Prize, Maroochy, Queensland

COLLECTIONS

University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Flinders University Adelaide, South Australia
Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
Liverpool City Council, Liverpool, New South Wales
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
University of Technology, Sydney, NSW
University of Wollongong, New South Wales
AKT Consultancy Brisbane, Queensland
Cleveland Shire Council, Cleveland, England, United Kingdom
Djabai Cultural Centre, Noumea, New Caledonia
Jabal Centre Australian National University, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory
Margrave Heritage Centre, Cleveland, England, United Kingdom
Native Studies University of Alberta, Canada
Osaka Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan
Private Collections

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2021
Schwendener, ​Martha. "4 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now", The New York Times, January 27.
"Gordon Hookey: Sacred Nation, Scared Nation", Air Mail, January 27.
Chan, ​Dawn. "Two Artists, Continents Apart, and a Shared Language of Struggle", The New York Times, January 22. 

2019
Shanahan, Rebecca “Artists can’t help swearing in Just Not Australian,” artguide Australia, February 20.
Ziherl, Vivian. “Para Site Conference: Heritage and Dis/Possession,” Ocula, January 22.

2018
Balla, Paola. “Across Australia, Artists are Disrupting the Colonial Mindset,” Frieze Magazine, October 31.

2017
Grishin, Sasha. “The National: New Australian Art in Sydney shows works at three venues,” The Sydney Morning Herald, April 3.
“Murriland! by Gordon Hookey,” Robb Report, September 7.
Dege, Stefan. “Documenta art exhibition more political that ever.”, Deutsche Welle, September 6.
Hookey, Gordon. Folkerts, Hendrik. Ziherl, Vivian. “How to Write Painting: A Conversation about History Painting, Language, and Colonialism with Gordon Hookey, Hendrik Folkerts, and Vivian Ziherl,” documenta 14, April.
Hookey, Hendrik Folkerts, and Vivian Ziherl,” documenta 14, April.

2016
Bell, Richard. “Richard Bell on Gordon Hookey,” artasiapacific, March/April.
McLean, Ian. Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. Reaktion Books Ltd, pp. 237.

2014
Editors. “Rise of Indigenous art speaks volumes about class in Australia,” The Conversation, February 24.

2012
E Buttrose, ‘Sculpture Is Everything,’ Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, p. 40.

2011
G Petelin, ‘Nationality, Internationality and Indigenous Culture’, Australia Felix, Octivius Press, Brisbane, pp.10–12.
B McLean, “Good and Proppa: Urban Aboriginal Art from Queensland, 10 years of Contemporary Art,” Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
McLean, Ian. “Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art,” Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016, pp. 237.

2010
B Munting,”Gordon Hookey,” Australian Casula Powerhouse, Sydney.
L Nowell, Putsch, “proppaNOW,” Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide.
B Croft, “Contemporary Australian Art at the Asia Pacific: Flash Gordon’s message, Language Is a Virus—The Kings English (Not),” Artlink vol. 30, no. 1, p. 52–54.

2009
E Heartney, “Identity and Locale,” Art in America, no. 5, p. 65, May.

2006
M Demozay, “Gatherings: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from Queensland Australia,” Keeaira Press, Southport, Queensland.

2005
R Nelson, “The serious art of fun,” The Age Metro 18, p.9, May.

2004
Dr Joseph Pugliese, “Theatre’s of War, Reason and Emotion exhibition catalogue essay,” Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Biennale, June.
”The art of politics,” Herald Sun, February.
”Gallery defends right to show painting,” Herald Sun, February.
”Gallery slammed for Painting Mocking Howard - Bush Ties,” Common Dreams News Centre, February.
”Art lampoon causes stink in Australia,” The Washington Times, February.
”Australian gallery defends right to display political painting,” ABC Radio Australia, February.
J Pugliese, “Gordon Hookey: Theatres of War”. in I Carlos (ed.), On Emotion and Reason: Sydney Biennale 2004, Biennale of Sydney Ltd, Sydney, pp. 110–113.
J Ryan, “Screaming Out Loud What People Are Whispering: Gordon Hookey on Art,” Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
G Coslovich, “Box Office - (the best of art),” The Age (Melbourne) Magazine p.113, October.
J Kelly, “Art attack on PM Howard,” Herald Sun, February.
J Liston. “The Personal is Political,” The Weekend Australian, June.

2003
S Kidd, “A mild-mannered provocateur on the move,”The Emerald Hill Times, July.
A Finnegan, “Border Panic: Open Channel on Refugees,” Artlink, vol. 23, no.1, p. 20.
Helmrich, “Mianjin ngatta yarrana” (Brisbane, I’m Going), Square Mile Brisbane Boundaries catalogue essay, Museum of Brisbane.
C Thompson, “Operation Honesty - The Art of Gordon Hookey,” Con-Sent-Trick Sir-Kills exhibition catalogue essay, Linden - St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Art, July.
A MacDonald, “Making Art at the Interface, Places That Name Us, RAKA Award: contemporary visual arts #3,” The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, October.
P Munro, “Shirt that won the west - and selected outposts,” The Sydney Morning Herald, April.

2002
M Madigan, “Students leap to save the PM from being depicted as a pig,” The Courier Mail, September.
Tom Sear, and Conroy Wood, Diana, “Common Ground: Exploring the royal National park - the dramatic common ground
shared by Southern Sydney and the Illawarra” Exhibition catalogue, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre.
”Controversial painting prompts racism row,” ABC News Online, September.
”Painting sparks outrage,” News Mail, September.
B Genocchio, “Your Space or Mine?,” The Weekend Australian November - December.
G Hookey, “Ruddocks Wheels’, Border Panic Reader,” Australia Network for Art and Technology, Performance Space Sydney, p. 70–72.
C Hennessy, “Painting outrages students,” September.

2000
B James, “Festival’s King Hit,” Sydney Morning Herald, March.
P Cochrane, “Festival of hope amid anger and reminders of sorry past,” Sydney Morning Herald, March.
M Fitzgerald, “Renewing the country,” Time, April.
D Broker, Beyond the pale - “Adelaide biennial of Australian Art,” Eyeline, Spring.
M Billington, “Feast for the eyes,” The Guardian, March.
B Croft, “Beyond the Pole: Contemporary Indigenous Art,” 2000 Adelaide Biennale, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery Board of South Australia.
S Sandkötter, “Künstler stellen Entwürfe für das Ahauser Wandbild vor,” Wochenpost, 24 Mai.
Wandbild nimmt Gestalt an, Ahauser Zeitung.
R Usher, “History Rears its ugly head,” The Age.
H McQueen, “Art can reveal but never resolve,” Art Monthly, April.
D Mellor, Review - “beyond the pale,” Art and Australia, Spring.
J Mendelssohn, “A Sorry storey,” The Bulletin, March.
R&V Megaw, “Art indigenous and incredible,” Adelaide Advertiser, March.
S McCullock-Uehlin, “Mind the gap,” The Weekend Australian, March.
P Lloyd, “Contemporary Challenge,” February.
J Kean, “The diversity of practice - Political theatre in Beyond the Pale,” Artlink, vol. 20, no.1

1999
TJ McNamara, “Heroics from the Pacific edge,” The Weekend Herald, October.
B James, “When the pen is mightier than the word,” Sydney Morning Herald, February.

1998
B James, “Catching the lost wave,” Sydney Morning Herald, November.
J Albert, “Laughter mixed with tears,” Australian Magazine, June.
Hanson, “Influence in Black Humour,” Northern Territory News, April.

1997
C Jones, “Distinctly black,” Real Time, August/September.
S Barron, “Provocative and timely humour,” The Canberra Times, July.
H Musa, “A capital life,” The Canberra Times, October.
C Proudfoot, “Aboriginal artists see funny side,” Canberra Times, July.
S Radok, “Black humour,” Artlink vol.18 no.3, Winter.

1996
A Carver, “Naturally cultured/culturally natured: Recent dialogue between Aboriginal art and the environment”, Periphery, no26, p.10, February.
D Shires, “Just see it”, Muse #163, July.
N Captain, “Sears, Cook; hero or villain?”
S Whitton, “Bridging the gap through art,” Whitby Gazette, August 23.

1995
”Artist takes a dig at Manly,” The Manly Daily, January 28.

1994
D Leach, “The Earth, Something That Belongs To Us,” The Leader

1993
I Slarke, “Dante in Australia” - Trenta Artisti Australiani.
S Stegall, “Sprit Spirals and Samovers”, Tharunka.

Back To Top