JODY BROUN – Artist Profile

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Born 1963, Perth, WA

Jody Broun The Whiter Side of Life 152x122cm $9,800As a child Jody Broun learnt the stories of her people. Her mother suffered a fate common to many Aboriginal children, being taken away from her family and forced to live on a mission. Unlike her mother, who did not see her family until she was an adult, Jody developed a close affinity with her Aboriginal relatives and her native Pilbara land. Regular visits to the area as a child instilled a love of country, which is evident in her rich portrayal of the region. The colours and shapes of the Pilbara are central to her artwork and its people are her inspiration.
Jody has dedicated herself to the service of Australia’s Indigenous people. After completing her Diploma of Teaching, she spent nearly a decade teaching at Clontarf Aboriginal College in Perth whilst simultaneously completing a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Western Australia. After leaving Clontarf, Jody was appointed Director of Aboriginal Housing for Homeswest, and is currently Director General of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs. This public service has allowed Jody to travel throughout the country where she has keenly observed the rich colours of the landscape and the complex and varied situations of Aboriginal people in Australia.
Unlike painters like Sidney Nolan or Russell Drysdale, Jody depicts the desert as a place of poetry and life. Drawing on a luscious palette of deep crimsons, reds and blues, she uses a simplicity of form to create riveting images of people coming to terms with their Aboriginality amidst enveloping plains of the desert horizon. In their refined elegance, these works capture the essence of the desert with its endless plains and vibrant colours, confirming Jody’s reputation as one of the great chroniclers of Australia’s red centre. Jody Broun has exhibited to critical acclaim throughout Australia as well as Singapore, London, Milan, Kyoto and Mauritius.
In 1998 she was awarded first prize in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award and in 2005, Jody was the winner of the Canberra Art Prize.

Solo Exhibitions
1993 BarguGnara – Hills Country
1996 Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
1997 Indigenart/Reveley’s Exhibition, Perth, Western Australia
1997 The Moomba Restaurant/Indigenart, Singapore
1998 Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries Subiaco, Western Australia
2000 Continued Association, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2002 Ghosts of Stolen Generations, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2003 Country of Birth, The Glover Cottages, Sydney, New South Wales
2005 Desert Tracks, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2005 Back to Basics, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Carlton, Victoria
2007 The Whiter Side of Life, The Depot Gallery, Waterloo, New South Wales

Group Exhibitions
1987 Contemporary Aboriginal Artists Exhibition, Birrukmarri Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia
1992 Retrospective, Swanbourne Senior High School, Swanbourne, Western Australia
1994 Women and the Law: Justice Exhibition, Lawrence Wilson Gallery, University of Western Australia
1995 Three Women, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) Fringe Gallery, Perth, Western Australia
1996 Mallinckrodt Medical Exhibition, Hyatt Hotel, Perth, Western Australia
1997 The October Gallery/ Indigenart Exhibition, London, United Kingdom
1998 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin

1998 Una Storia di 40,000 ani, Group Exhibition, Castello Sforesco, Milan, Italy
1998 Australian High Commission, Mauritius
1998 Australian Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
1998 The Fourth National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1999 Art 99, Fremantle Passenger Terminal, Fremantle, Western Australia
1999 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1999 Telstra Exhibition, Jody Broun and Robyne Latham, Sydney, New South Wales
1999 Art Exchange International, Selfridges Promotion, London, United Kingdom
2000 Transitions, Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales
2000 Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
2000 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2000 The National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, Australian Heritage Commission, Canberra, ACT
2001 Transitions Touring Exhibition, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria
2001 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2002 Melbourne Contemporary Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
2003 Art 03, Fremantle Passenger Terminal, Fremantle, Western Australia
2003 Chaos Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
2003 Identity and Country, Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne, Victoria
2003 Tattersalls Art Prize, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane, Queensland
2003 Reflections, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Subiaco, Western Australia
2003 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2004 On Track: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Western Australia, Museum of Western Australia, presented by The University of Western Australia, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, as part of the Government of Western Australia’s 175th Anniversary Celebrations, Perth, Western Australia
2004 Affordable Art Show, Royal Exhibition Building Melbourne, Victoria
2004 ART04, Singapore Contemporary Art Fair, Singapore
2004 Affordable Art Fair, Horden Pavilion, Sydney, New South Wales
2005 Indigenous Artists at the University Club, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA
2005 Affordable Art Show, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
2005 Yirramagardu Rising: Pilbara Art, Shapiro Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales
2005 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2005 Art Sydney ’05, Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, New South Wales
2005 Walkom Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, New South Wales
2005 Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, South Australia
2005 Bellingen Art Prize, Bellingen Community Arts Council, Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW
2005 Canberra Art Prize, Italo Australian Club, Forrest, Australian Capital Territory
2005 City of Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, South Australia
2006 Art Melbourne, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Victoria
2006 City of Wanneroo Art Awards, City of Wanneroo Civic Centre, Wanneroo, Western Australia
2006 Art Sydney, Horden Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries, Sydney, New South Wales
2006 Artitude, Perth Convention Centre, Perth, Western Australia
2006 Sunshine Coast Arts Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, Queensland
2006 Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, South Australia
2006 Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, Western Australia
2006 The Ergon Energy Central Queensland Art Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton, QLD
2006 Bird on a Wire; Indigenous Images of Australian Birds, Indigenart, The Mossenson Galleries, Fremantle, WA
2007 After Heysen: Exposing the Australian Landscape, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
2007 Festive Works for the Festive Season, Mossenson Galleries, Collingwood, Victoria
2008 Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland
2008 La Culture en Couleur, Contemporary Aboriginal Art Paris, Paris, France
2008 Shalom Gamarada Art Exhibition, Eric Caspary Learning Centre at Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Kensington, New South Wales

Collections
Aboriginal Affairs Department, Perth, Western Australia
Art Gallery of Western Australia
AIATSIS Collection
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia
Edith Cowan University, Western Australia
Italo Australian Club, Canberra
Macquarie University, New South Wales
Ministry of Culture and the Arts, Western Australia
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Museum of Western Australia
Myer Collection

Awards/Grants/Commissions
1993 International Women’s Day Poster
1993 Inaugural Equal Opportunity Aboriginal Calender
1998 Winner, Overall, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
1998 Selection, The National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, National Heritage Commission, Canberra,
1999 Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
2000 Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
2000 Selection, The National Indigenous Heritage Art Award, National Heritage Commission, Canberra
2001 Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
2002 Kings Park Calender Commission, Perth, WA
2002 Cover design for Putting the Picture Together: The Gordon Inquiry into Response by Government Agencies to Complaints of Family Violence and Child Abuse in Aboriginal Communities, State Law Publisher, Perth, WA
2003 Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
2003 Finalist, Tattersalls Art Award, Tattersalls Club, Brisbane, Queensland
2005 Finalist, Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory
2005 Finalist, Walkom Manning Art Prize, Manning Regional Gallery, Taree, New South Wales
2005 Finalist, Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, South Australia
2005 Finalist, Bellingen Art Prize, Bellingen Community Arts Council, Memorial Hall, Bellingen, NSW
2005 Winner, Canberra Art Prize, Italo Australian Club, Forrest, Australian Capital Territory
2005 Finalist, City of Whyalla Art Prize, Middleback Theatre, Whyalla, South Australia
2005 Christmas card for Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Western Australia
2006 Cover image for Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination’s Indigenous Coordination Centres 2006 calendar
2006 Finalist, Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Caloundra Regional Gallery, Caloundra, Queensland
2006 Finalist, Heysen Prize for Australian Landscape, Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, South Australia
2006 Finalist, The Ergon Energy Central Queensland Art Award, Rockhampton Art Gallery, QLD
2008 Finalist, Stanthorpe Art Prize, Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Stanthorpe, Queensland

Publications/Broadcasts
Nikki Miller, ‘Artist Borrows but Retains Her Own Flair’, The West Australian, Perth, Western Australia, Feb 1996
Alison Farmer, ‘Black Art Blooms’, The Sunday Times, Perth, Western Australia, Sunday 1 June 1997
Eve Connolly, ‘Aboriginal Art Goes Walkabout’, The West Australian, Perth, WA, May 1997
Manuela Gandini, ‘Un’arte inspirata dalla terra e dagli antenati’ Il Giorno, Milan, 5 February 1998
Judith McGrath, ‘Spirit of the Bush’, The Western Review, Perth, Western Australia, June 1998
“It’s the Winner: read in it what you like”, Northern Territory News, Darwin, Northern Territory,
Saturday 19 September 1998
‘Celebrating Diversity: The 1998 Telstra Aboriginal Art Award’, Territory Artifacts, Darwin, Northern
Territory, Issue 3, September 1998
Margie West (ed.), 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, exhib. cat., Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 1998
Connie Todd, ‘Focus on the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’, The Koori Mail, Lismore, New South Wales, 7 October 1998, pp.16-17
‘Prominent WA Artist “Fiercely Proud” Woman’, The Koori Mail, Lismore, New South Wales, 5 May 1999, p.15
Breaking Through: Women Executives in the WA Public Sector, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Perth, Western Australia, 1999
Judith McGrath, ‘Continued Associations’ (Review), Art Seen in Western Australia, [www.artseeninwa.com/broun.html], April 2000
Ron Banks, ‘Wry Perspectives’, The West Australian, Perth, Western Australia, April 2000
Bronwen Clune, ‘Broun’s World’, The West Australian, Perth, WA, Thursday 11 May 2000
Dan Mossenson, ‘Jody Broun’ in Sylvia Kleinnert and Margo Neale (eds.), The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2000
John E. Stanton with Sandra Hill, Aboriginal Artists of the South-West: Past and Present, The University of Western Australia: Berndt
Museum of Anthropology, Occasional Paper No. 5, 2000
Margie West, ‘Telstra Presents the 18th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT’, The Arts Backbone, ANKAAA, vol.1, no.1, p.5.
John Stanton, On Track: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from Western Australia, exhib. cat., Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia and Western Australian Museum, 2004
Ron Banks, ‘Galleries’, The West Australian, Monday 14 March 2005
Khi-Lee Thorpe, ‘Art Show is a First’, The Koori Mail, Lismore, New South Wales, 6 April 2005, p.28
Sarah Szabo, ‘What’s With the Dots’, Insite Magazine, Perth, Autumn 2005
Judith McGrath, ‘Desert Dreaming’, Australian Art Review, Issue 8, July 2005
Glenn Mitchell, ‘A Brush with Outback Life’, Herald Sun, Melbourne, Victoria, 3 August 2005.
Gretel Hunnerup, ‘Art Without Joining the Dots’, The Melbourne Times, Melbourne, Victoria, Wednesday 3 August 2005
Julie Copeland, ‘Back to Basics: Jody Broun’, Sunday Morning Program, ABC Radio National, Sunday 21 August 2005
Ron Banks, ‘West Australian, Footy painting wins award’, The West Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Saturday 8 October 2005
Elizabeth Bellamy, ‘Bright Hues Primary Appeal of $20,000 Art Prize Winner’, The Canberra Times, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Wednesday 5 October 2005
Ron Cerabona, ‘Prized Works’, The Canberra Times, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Thursday 13 October 2005
Nicole Heinrich, ‘Pilbara Artist Wins’, The Pilbara News, Karratha, Western Australia, 2 November 2005
Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy (eds.), Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: Culture and Society through Space and Time, Macquarie Books, South Yarra, 2005
The Sunshine Coast Art Prize ’06, exhib.cat., Caloundra Regional Art Gallery, Caloundra, Qld 2006
Alan McCulloch, Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, The New McCulloch’s Encyclopedia of Australian Art (Fourth Edition), Miegunyah Press, 2006, pp.43-44
Seva Frangos, ‘Insite into Art’ Insite Magazine, Perth, Spring 2006
Mine Own Executioner 2006, exhib. cat., Mundaring Arts Centre, Mundaring, Western Australia, 2006
‘Mine Own Executioner’ (Review), Darlington Review, October 2006
Stephen Bevis, ‘Executioners’ strokes’, The West Australian ‘Today’, 18 October 2006
‘Artists are exhibited’, Echo, 21 October 2006
Susan McCulloch and Emily McCulloch Childs, Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Third Edition, McCulloch and McCulloch Australian Art Books, Fitzroy, Victoria, 2008
Jeremy Eccles, ‘Indigenart – Mossenson Galleries: Gallery Profile’, Australian Art Review, Issue 21, November 2009 – January 2010, pp.28-29.

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