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Solomon Booth Artist, Mua Island, Kubin Village, Torres Strait

Solomon Booth

Born 31st Jan 1981

Born:             Rockhampton Queensland.
Resides:        Kubin Village, Moa Island Torres Strait Islands
Tribe:             Kaurereg/Mualgal
Clan:              Itilgal
Language:     Kala lagaw ya, near Western TSI
Art Centre:     Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts, Moa Island

MEDIUMS: 

Lino-cut, etching, painting on paper and canvas, ceramic, batik and Screen-printing.

AWARDS:

  • Winner 2010 Torres Trait Islands Art  Award, Gab Titui Cultural  Centre 
  • Finalist 2011 Silk Cut Awards – Glen Eira Council Victoria
  • NAIDOC Community Award 2011
  • Highly Commended, 2012 Gab Titui Cultural Art Awards
  • NATSIAA 2012- Finalist and acquired.

COLLECTIONS:

  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,  Australia
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra,  Australia
  • Cambridge University, UK.
  • Queensland Art Gallery
  • National Gallery Victoria
  • Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

EXHIBITIONS:

  • 2010:    Gab Titui Indigenous Art Award, Thursday Island, Torres Strait. – Winner
  • 2010:    Darwin  Aboriginal Art fair, Darwin, NT, Australia
  • 2010:    Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
  • 2010:    Ayil Shifron Gallery, Jaffa, Israel
  • 2010:    Jerusalem International Art and Craft Fair
  • 2011:     Gab Titui Cultural Centre Torres Strait Islands Awards – Finalist
  • 2012:    Silk Cut Lino Award, Glen Eira Council, Melbourne - Finalist
  • 2012:    Gab Titui Cultural Centre Torres Strait Islands Awards – Finalist
  • 2012:    NATSIAA, Museum and Gallery Northern Territory – Finalist and acquired
  • 2013:    Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne. 
  • 2013:     Kinship, James Cook University, Cairns
     

Artist Statement

Solomon now resides in his motherland of Kubin Village on Moa Island in the beautiful Torres Strait between mainland Australia and Papua New Guinea.  He has lived here since he was 15 years old.  He grew up in Darwin in the Northern Territory where he had a childhood fascination with art and drawing. Solomon finished his schooling in Townsville Queensland.

In 2000 the now world renowned artist, Dennis Nona asked him to join the now defunct Mualgal Minarral Artist Collective.

Solomon has completed the ATSI Visual ARTS Certificate and Cert IV Training and Assessment.

He is now a founding Committee member for the new Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Art Centre- a role he takes seriously and with great pride and purpose. “This is a most exciting time in my career” he says.

Solomon states: “Inspired by the beautiful surroundings of my island home my works draw upon Torres Strait and Melanesian influences."

“Our ancestors were master craftsmen creating ceremonial and other utilitarian objects from wood. This is why I find Linocut ideal, because it has a sense of displaying one’s articulate style of carving."

“The ideas and themes that I produce in my artwork are based on the rich lifestyle and livelihood of our ancestors and the myths and legends and beliefs of our forefathers and mothers. This is where I feel inspired to be a part of recording my people’s cultural heritage visually and proud to showcase this knowledge to the world.”
 

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