Josephine Lennon was born in 1972. Painting has always been her passion. It was a natural part of her family - she learnt from her father, mother and sister and her creative talents emerged at a young age. Her early works were very traditional dot style depicturing local flora and fauna: gulda (sleepy lizards), walga (wild tomatoes) and mungada (quangdong); recently her style has developed into a unique expression of looking down from above on her country (munda).

Her use of lines and colour evoke the undulating and changing land formations created from winds of change in her Munda. She states that her works are of the country around Ceduna South Australia which depict tali tjuta (many sand hills), walpa (wind) and kapi (water soaks), all important parts of the survival of her people.

She is also influenced by her mothers Tjukarpa (dreaming) stories of the Bunda Cliffs along the Nullarbor Plain.

Josephine had her first solo exhibition in 2011 in Coober Pedy. Since then she has been commissioned to create a mural at Maitland Hospital and has been a successful entrant in Our Mob Exhibition Art Space at the Adelaide Festival Centre. She has also been a finalist in the waterhouse Art Prize 2013.

EXHIBITIONS

  • 'Port Lincoln Art Prize', Nautilus Arts Centre , Port Lincoln, SA, 2020
  • No Black Sea's, Tarnanthi festival, funded through ku-arts, ACE_Open. SA, 2019
  •  Tarnanthi Artfair, Tandanya
  • 'Gara Mirnaarda Exhibition', Ceduna, Port Augusta, SA, 2016
  • ‘Our Mob’, Artspace - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, 2014, 2015, 2016,2018
  • ‘Our Mob’, Artspace - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA 2013
  • ‘Red Poles’ McLaren Vale, SA 2018,2019
  • ‘Tandanya’ - National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Culture Institute, Adelaide, SA

 AWARDS

  • Highly Commended Local Artist for the Bendigo Bank Port Lincoln Art Prize, 2020
  • Second Prize, Malka Art Prize, Port Augusta, SA 2019
  • 'Don Dunston Award', Artspace - Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA, 2016
  • ‘Runner-Up, ‘The Water House Art Prize’, Adelaide, SA, 2013
  •  First Prize Winner, Tallship Logo, York Peninsula, SA

Solo Exhibition
‘Josephine Art Gallery’
Coober Pedy, SA
2011