The importance of the river as a metaphor is a constant in this artist’s paintings. The river takes Joanne back to the hardships of her early life living on the banks of the Maranoa River in Mitchell, through her own journey to today with her family in Caloundra.
Her paintings speak of the river as a living entity, the rippling of the surface and the changes on the water can be seen as the many different events of her own life and provides reflection for the viewer on our own life’s course.
Joanne Currie Nalingu has been painting professionally since 1989 and has exhibited since 1990 in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Australia and overseas. In 2008 she won The Wynne Prize at The Art Gallery of NSW and has been a finalist 6 times in the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Awards at Museums and Galleries of the Northern Territory Darwin. She has also exhibited at Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, Melbourne and Queensland regional galleries. Joanne’s work is held in numerous private and public collections including: Queensland Art Gallery/GoMA; Queensland Museum; Museum of Brisbane; The Brisbane Airport Corporation and collaborative public artworks with Campfire group artists in Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.
As Brisbane celebrated 150 years of the establishment of the city as a municipality, throughout 2009, Museum of Brisbane presented work by Indigenous artists to celebrate, acknowledge and honour the long history, culture and heritage of Indigenous people of the region.