Samantha Hobson Biography

Keeping Culture Alive

Samantha is a founding member of the Lockhart River Art Gang. Lockhart River is on the east coast of Cape York in Far North Queensland. She paints about her country, her community and stories from the old days.
"I paint about my country…our land and our sea country… the patterns and colours and the stories. My grandmother tells me 
stories from the old days…I paint these stories. I paint things that happen in the community…sometimes what I see really 
upsets me. I paint. It makes me feel better inside."
Her modern abstract style is typical of the Lockhart artists’ use of thickly applied acrylic paints and vibrant primary colours. 
Samantha was the 2000 recipient of the Lin Onus Youth Award at the Fifth National Indigenous Heritage Art Awards. 
Samantha held her first solo show in Brisbane in 2000 and has since exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally.

Samantha Hobson

Born: 4th May 1981
Language Group: Kuuku ‘Yau
Lives: Lockhart River and Cairns, North Queensland

Winner of the Peoples Choice Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award 2009

Samantha Hobson’s synthetic polymer paint on canvas entitled Wave Bust … Windy Night  won the Peoples Choice Award in the 26th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award.   

The Telstra Art Award is the longest-running art award dedicated to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

Rosella Namok
Wave Bust...were Moonlight - 180 x 299cm
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