Irene Namok

Irene Namok (born 1960) is the mother of renowned Lockhart River artist Rosella Namok; she is also an accomplished artist in her own right. Irene‘s paintings are inspired by her close connection with local country; they are often emotional responses to the beautiful views and look-outs around Lockhart and her favourite fi shing spots.

Artist Statement: “I was born on Thursday Island and my grandfather was a church minister at the Old Site. My paintings are about my emotions. I paint about the bush fi res and the water holes. I paint the lagoons because we like to swim in the lagoons. I also paint about meeting times and festival times and meeting places. We dress the kids all up and paint them all and we sit together and we yarn around the fireplace under the moonlight.”

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