Gordon Hookey


Born 1961 Cloncurry, Queensland. People: Waanyi. Lives & works, Brisbane.



   2008 – 12

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

   1989 – 91

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


Solo Exhibitions


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


Graduation Exhibition, Whitebox Gallery, Griffith University, Brisbane                                             

Recent Sculpture and Drawing, Milani Gallery, Brisbane


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


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


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


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


Kopatai Project Space, Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand


www.gordonhoo.com, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne


Ruddocks Wheel, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney


Untitled, Villa Van Delden, Ahaus, Germany


Terraism, Red Shed Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia


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


Canadian Exchange, Arthaus, Sydney


Two-Person Exhibitions 


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


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


Group Exhibitions


Frontier Imaginaries ed. 5: Trade Markings, Vanabbe Museum, Eindhoven

Continental Drift: From Blak to Black, CIAF, Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns


The National, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia

dOCUMENTA 14, Athens and Kassel


Beyond the Tower: UQ Art Museum - 40 years and counting, University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane

Frontier Imaginaries, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane


Out of Queensland: New Indigenous Textiles, Cairns Regional Gallery


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


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


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


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


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


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


Australian, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney

Selected Recent Acquisitions, UQ Art Museum, Brisbane


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.


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


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


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


The History of Things to Come, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney

Common Ground,  Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney


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


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


Reconcilliation, Lane Cover Culture and Music Centre, Sydney                                                              

Black and White, SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW


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


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


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


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


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 


Dante in Australia, Centro Deantesco, Ravenno, Italy 


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


Solid, The Works Gallery, Sydney


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


Awards and Grants

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

2008 Casula Powerhouse Residency, Sydney                                                                                                            

2008 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  



UQ 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, Australia                                                                                                      

Cleveland Shire Council Cleveland, United Kingdom                                                                                                      

Djabai Cultural Centre Noumea, New Caledonia                                                                                                                           

Jabal Centre Australian National University, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia   

Margrave Heritage Centre Cleveland, England, United Kingdom                                                                                   

Native Studies University of Alberta, Canada                                                                                                                        

Osaka Museum of Ethnology Osaka, Japan                                                                                                                      

Private Collections




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

G Petelin, ‘Nationality, Internationality and Indigenous Culture’, Australia Felix, Octivius Press, Brisbane, pp.10–12, 2011                                                                                                            

B McLean, Good and Proppa: Urban Aboriginal Art from Queensland, 10 years of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2011 

McLean, Ian. Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art. Reaktion Books Ltd, 2016, pp. 237.

B Munting, Gordon Hookey, Australian Casula Powerhouse, Sydney,  2010                                       

L Nowell, Putsch, proppaNOW, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, 2010                                                                                                                                                                         

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, 2010                                                   

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

M Demozay, Gatherings: Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from Queensland Australia, Keeairu Press, Southport, Queensland, 2006                                                                              

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

Dr Joseph Pugliese, Theatre’s of War, Reason and Emotion exhibition catalogue essay, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney Biennale June, 2004                                                                                            

The art of politics, Herald Sun February, 2004                                                                                                           

Gallery defends right to show painting, Herald Sun February, 2004                                              

Gallery slammed for Painting Mocking Howard - Bush Ties, Common Dreams News Centre February, 2004                                                                                                                                                                                   

Art lampoon causes stink in Australia, The Washington Times February, 2004                       

Australian gallery defends right to display political painting, ABC Radio Australia February, 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                              

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, 2004                                 

J Ryan, ‘Screaming Out Loud What People Are Whispering: Gordon Hookey on Art’, Colour Power: Aboriginal Art Post 1984, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2004                       

G Coslovich, Box Office - (the best of art), The Age (Melbourne) Magazine October, 2004 p.113                                                                                                                                                            

J Kelly, Art attack on PM Howard, Herald Sun February, 2004                                                          

J Liston The Personal is Political, The Weekend Australian June, 2004                                                            

S Kidd, A mild-mannered provocateur on the move, The Emerald Hill Times July, 2003            

A Finnegan, ‘Border Panic: Open Channel on Refugees’, Artlink, vol. 23, no.1, p. 20, 2003       

M Helmrich, Mianjin ngatta yarrana (Brisbane, I’m Going), Square Mile Brisbane Boundaries catalogue essay, Museum of Brisbane, 2003                                                                                                             

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, 2003               

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, 2003                                                                                                                                                                                            

P Munro, Shirt that won the west - and selected outposts, The Sydney Morning Herald, April, 2003                                                                                                                                                                                                            

M Madigan, Students leap to save the PM from being depicted as a pig, The Courier Mail September, 2002                                                                                                                                                           

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, 2002                                                     

Controversial painting prompts racism row, ABC News Online September, 2002                          

Painting sparks outrage, News Mail September, 2002                                                                                                

B Genocchio, Your Space or Mine?, The Weekend Australian November - December, 2002     

G Hookey, ‘Ruddocks Wheels’, Border Panic Reader, Australia Network for Art and Technology, Performance Space Sydney, p. 70–72, 2002                                                                                  

C Hennessy, Painting outrages students, September, 2002                                                                              

B James, Festival’s King Hit, Sydney Morning Herald March, 2000                                                            

P Cochrane, Festival of hope amid anger and reminders of sorry past, Sydney Morning Herald March, 2000                                                                                                                                                                       

M Fitzgerald, Renewing the country, Time April, 2000                                                                                               

D Broker, Beyond the pale - Adelaide biennial of Australian Art, Eyeline Spring, 2000            

M Billington, Feast for the eyes, The Guardian March, 2000                                                           

B Croft, Beyond the

Pole: Contemporary Indigenous Art, 2000 Adelaide Biennale, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery Board of South Australia. 2000                                                        

S Sandkötter, Künstler stellen Entwürfe für das Ahauser Wandbild vor, Wochenpost. 24 Mai, 2000                                                                                                                                                  

Wandbild nimmt Gestalt an, Ahauser Zeitung, 2000                                                                         

R Usher, History Rears its ugly head, The Age 2000                                                                           

H McQueen, Art can reveal but never resolve, Art Monthly April, 2000                                                           

D Mellor, Review - beyond the pale, Art and Australia spring, 2000                                                         

J Mendelssohn, A Sorry storey, The Bulletin March, 2000                                                                           

R&V Megaw, Art indigenous and incredible, Adelaide Advertiser March, 2000                                           

S McCullock-Uehlin, Mind the gap, The Weekend Australian, March 2000                                  

P Lloyd, Contemporary Challenge February, 2000                                                                                                 

J Kean, The diversity of practice - Political theatre in Beyond the Pale, Artlink, vol. 20, no.1 2000                                                                                                                                                                                                

TJ McNamara, Heroics from the Pacific edge, The Weekend Herald October, 1999                   

B James, When the pen is mightier than the word, Sydney Morning Herald February, 1999     

B James, Catching the lost wave, Sydney Morning Herald November, 1998                                                

J Albert, Laughter mixed with tears,

Australian Magazine June, 1998                                             

Hanson influence in Black Humour, Northern Territory News April, 1998                                             

C Jones, Distinctly black, Real Time August/September, 1997                                                                              

S Barron, Provocative and timely humour, The Canberra

Times, July 1997                                               

H Musa, A capital life, The Canberra Times, October, 1997                                                                              

C Proudfoot, Aboriginal artists see funny side, Canberra Times, July, 1997                                          

S Radok, Black humour, Artlink vol.18 no.3 Winter, 1997                                                                                               

A Carver, Naturally cultured/culturally natured: Recent dialogue between Aboriginal art and the environment,Periphery, no26 February 1996 p.10                                                                                               

D Shires, Just see it, Muse #163 July, 1996                                                                                                                

N Captain Sears, Cook; hero or villain? 1996                                                                                                                 

S Whitton, Bridging the gap through art, Whitby Gazette August 23, 1996 p.5                               

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

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

I Slarke, Dante in Australia - Trenta Artisti Australiani 1993                                                                               

S Stegall, Sprit Spirals and Samovers, Tharunka, 1993