Mark Nodea was born in Derby in 1968 and lives in Kununurra. He is a traditional ochre artist but his oeuvre includes charcoal sketches and figurative works in acrylic. His minimalist style lends itself to creating large works. He was taught to paint by his artist mother, Nancy Nodea, from whom he learned the stories of her land. Having a Gidja mother and a Walmajarrie father has enabled him to understand and paint both his mother’s country around Texas Downs and his father’s country around Yakanarra. He has participated in many group and solo exhibitions, notably in Geraldton in 2013 where he received an Award for Excellence at the city’s Mid-West Art Prize. In 2002 his design won the 2002 Royal Australian Mint International Award for the Pure Silver Collector Coin of that year.
2007 Ochre on Board, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle.
2007 Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney.
2007 Wolf Creek Crater, Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Melbourne.
2003 Mark Nodea, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne.
2003 Group Show, Framed Gallery, Darwin.
2003 East Kimberley Show, Short Street Gallery, Broome.
2002 Coomalie Culture Centre, Batchelor, Northern Territory.
2002 All That Gija Country, Flinders University Museum, Adelaide.
2002 Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, Quensland.
2002 New Works From Warmun, Framed, Darwin.
2001 In Celebration. Peter Bailiee Aquisitive Exhibition, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
2002 Kimberley Interpreting Centre, Designer of Image for Medical Poster.
2002 Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Designer of 10th Commemorative Silver Dollar.
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Forty seven year old Mark Nodea is the Chairman of the Warmun Art Centre as well as an exceptionally talented artist who works in ochre. Warmun Art Centre is situated in the East Kimberley, Western Australia. Born in Derby in 1968, Mark was taught to paint by his artist mother – Nancy Nodea, who passed on to him the stories of her land. Mark has participated in many group and solo exhibitions, and notably won the 2002 Royal Australian Mint International Award for 10th Pure Silver Collector Coin. The Royal Australian Mint has only released ten such coins since 1983. In 2013, Mark was awarded the City of Greater Geraldton Award for Excellence at the 2013 Mid-West Art Prize.
Mark was born in Derby in 1968. He currently resides in Kununurra and is former Chairperson of the Warmun Art Centre. Mark is well educated and an incredibly talented Traditional ochre artist. His charcoal sketches and figurative acrylic works are testimony of his ability in any sphere/medium of artworks. He has been taught the stories of his land by his mother, artist Nancy Nodea, and paints her country, Texas Downs, and his father’s country around Cherabun Station. Mark’s father is Hanson Boxer, a Walmajarrie man, and this enables Mark to extend his content to embrace both Kitja land and his father’s country around Yakanarra (an excision of Go Go Station via Fitzroy Crossing) and Cherabun Station. His minimal and sometimes flamboyant style gives him scope for large works. He is undoubtedly one of the most naturally talented Australian artists. Mark’s design won the 2002 Royal Australian Mint International Award for Pure Silver Collector Coin. The Royal Australian Mint has only released ten such coins since 1983. He has participated in Group Exhibitions and his first Solo in September 2003 at the prestigious Alison Kelly Gallery in Melbourne was a sell out success.