Fiona Omeenyo
Making Choices (2007)
Acrylic on canvas
112 x 177 cm

Biography
  Born: 18 August 1981
Language Group: Umpila
Lives: Lockhart River, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland

Solo Exhibitions
2008 Mepla Sandbeach People, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2007 New Life, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Fiona Omeenyo, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
Mepla One (We are one), Emerge Art Space, Perth
2006 Big Step, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2005 Mepla Go Long Way, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2004 Journey On, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
Fiona Omeenyo, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
2003 Wunnem Me For, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2002 Future Perfect, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne
Kukiya, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2001 Ngaachi pathaco, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
From here to there, Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
My Story: Miiku, Parrot Sisters and Kuchuutu, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane

Group Exhibitions
2008 From Cape to Cape, The Holmes à Court Gallery, Perth
The Women's Show, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Our Way: Contemporary Art from Queensland’s Lockhart River, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; National University of Singapore, Singapore; Charles Wang Center, Stony Brook University, New York, USA; The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Looking Forward, Looking Black, Kick Arts, Cairns
Lockhart River Art Gang, Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
The Art Gang Returns, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
Arte Indigena dall’Australia: Gruppo Artistico del Fiume Lockhart, Galleria Civica d’arte Moderna, Palazzo Collicola, Spoleto, Italy
2006 Uncharted Territory, October Gallery, London, England
Histoires de Terre et Mer: Peintures Aborigènes de Lockhart River, Australie, Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie du Morbihan, Lorient, France
Lockhart River Art Gang, Ewha Art Centre, Seoul, South Korea
Art for Science, Murdoch Research Institute, Melbourne 
Gatherings, Kick Arts, Cairns
Land of Diversity, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
Big Country (touring exhibition), Gondwana Gallery, Sydney
2005 Kungkay: The Art of Lockhart River, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
Dugongs of Hinchinbrook II, Centre of Contemporary Arts/KickArts, Cairns, Queensland
Colourfields, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Aboriginal Art Show, Booker-Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
Group Show, Framed Gallery, Darwin
Land of Diversity, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
2004 Colour Power: Aboriginal art post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Out of Country, Gallery 1601, Washington DC, USA; The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Hitting On and Kicking Off, Centre of Contemporary Arts/KickArts, Cairns, Queensland
QUT Art Museum Indigenous Art Collection: Works from the Oodgeroo Collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Hot, Hotter, Hottest, Booker Lowe Gallery, Houston, Texas, USA
Australian Aboriginal Fine Art Gallery of New York at the AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Pier 9, New York, USA
Ngi'ilu paluku ngi'iku (Our way), Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
Big Country, Gondwana Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2003 Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Contemporary Aboriginal Paintings from Lockhart River, Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia, USA
Kulam Kannga (Beginning): New works by the Lockhart River Art Gang, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn, Artspace Mackay, Cairns Regional Gallery, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (Townsville)
Water: Prints from Lockhart River and the Tiwi Islands, Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane
Lockhart River Gang, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs
Artworks from FNQ + Torres Strait Islands, Artworkers Alliance, Brisbane
Ngaachi Ngampula (Our Country), Hogarth Galleries, Sydney
MOON: one icon, many stories, Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia; Arthouse Gallery, Sydney
2002 The Queensland/Berlin Indigenous Art Exhibition, Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin, Germany
Message Stick: Journey’s End, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
In Language (A Cathedrals Week Exhibition), Ann Street Church of Christ, Brisbane
Collectable Aboriginal Art Event, Raintree Aboriginal Art Gallery, Darwin
International Women’s Day Event, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
New Ground, Main Street Gallery, Adelaide
2001 Federation Exhibition: Local colour, local lives, Cairns Regional Gallery
Gatherings, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane
Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
2000 The Art of Place--Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Awards, Old Parliament House, Canberra
In my eyes--Lockhart River Art Gang and Friends, Cairns Regional Gallery
1999-2001 Message Stick, touring exhibition by the Lockhart River Art Gang, funded by Visions Australia
1999 Postcard Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery
International Works on Paper Fair, Sydney
1998 Message Stick, Queensland Aboriginal Creations, Brisbane

Grants/Prizes/Awards
2001 1st Prize, Painting, Laura Festival, Queensland
1999 1st Prize, Works on Paper, Laura Festival, Queensland

Bibliography
Anon. Story Place: Indigenous art of Cape York and the Rainforest, The Courier-Mail, 26 July 2003
Bennie, Angela. The old people today are not sure about this abstraction thing, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18–19 August 2007
Brown, Phil. New frontier: Fiona Omeenyo’s enchanting works take viewers into her wonderful world, Brisbane News, 10 October 2001
Brown, Phil. Big Impressions: Indigenous images go on show in a collection of prints from northern artists, Brisbane News, 16–22 April 2003
Brown, Phil. Life Blood: Lockhart River artist Fiona Omeenyo meditates on kinship and community in her latest sought-after works, Brisbane News, 18–24 June 2003
Burbidge, Madeleine. The Art Gang, Arts Yarn Up, Winter 2000, Australia Council for the Arts
Butler, Sally. Our Way: Contemporary Art from Lockhart River, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2007
Butler, Sally. ‘Lockhart River’s Wildly Indigenous Art’, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, Number 63, Winter 2007, Brisbane
Coast to Coast, ABC Television, 7 July 2001
Crawford, Ashley. Fiona Omeenyo: New Life, Niagara Publishing, Melbourne, 2006
Demozay, Marion (editor). Gatherings: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from Queensland Australia, Keeaira Press, Southport, 2001
Finnane, Kieran. Review, Alice Springs News, May 21, 2003
Flynn, Chloe. Monsoon Weather, State of the Arts, April 2003
Forbes, Cameron. Tribal home is where her art is, The Weekend Australia, 13–14 April 2002
Helmrich, Michele. Unlocking Lockhart: Young artists are reinventing their culture—and commanding attention in the art world—with their fresh and contemporary painting, Outback, Issue 31, Oct/Nov 2003
James, Bruce. Arts Today (interview), ABC Radio National, 17 July 2001
Laura Festival, Coast to Coast, ABC Television, 5 August 2001
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McCulloch-Uehlin, Susan. Water Marks, The Weekend Australian, Review, 21–22 July 2001
McCulloch-Uehlin, Susan. Smart Art: Fiona Omeenyo, Australian Art Collector, Issue 18, October–December 2001
McCulloch, Susan. Dream weavers: Artists reap the benefits, The Weekend Australian, 19–20 July 2003
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McLean, Sandra. Community spirts: Her beloved surroundings and family inspire a young Lockhart River artst, The Courier-Mail, 22 June 2005
Magnusson, Tony. Art form the heart: The Lockhart River Art Gang are the category busters of contemporary Aboriginal art, HQ, July–August 2003
Maier, Heidi. Travelling North, The Courier Mail, 15 February 2003
Maier, Heidi. Family ties in frame, The Courier Mail, 9 June 2003
Martin-Chew, Louise. Tales of the far north: Rare Aboriginal works make a spirited exhibition, The Weekend Australian, 26–27 July 2003
Morrell, Tim. The Lockhart River Gang, Artlink, Volume 22 No 3, 2002
Neales, Sue. Burning Bright, The Australian Financial Review Magazine, July 2002
Prior, Cathy. River artists run with inspiration, The Australian, 19 December 2001
Pulley, Roz. Cape art makes capital gains, The Cairns Post, 9 November 2002
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Wilson, Gavin. Beneath the Monsoon: Visions North of Capricorn, Artspace Mackay, Queensland [ex. cat.]

Collections
  National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
ATSIC Collection, Canberra
Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland
Northern Territory University, Darwin
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
Department of Native Title Services, Brisbane
Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Brisbane
Wollongong University, NSW
Thomas Vroom Collection, Netherlands
Suncorp, Brisbane