Our Artists

Belinda Close

Belinda Close come from a long line of traditional Minjerribah women, my apical ancestor was Ngerie. My family belong to the Gorenpul, Ngugi & Noonuccal clans of Quandamooka (Moreton Bay). I have lived on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) all my life, from One-Mile to Dunwich.

My inspiration comes from my Island, our old people, my family, our culture, the salt water lakes, marine life & plants. My interests are my family of nine, spending week-ends together at the beaches, Back Beach, Amity, Point Look-out & Dunwich. 

I was one of the last generations of children to grow up at One –Mile Settlement with the old people as they use to hunt the parrots the old way with sticks of copper wire, (we were allowed to watch but not be a part of), the bandicoot traps & other foods. I want my children to know and understand these stories that I learnt from the old people.

The stories I have painted were told to me by our Elders & families. Some are from my childhood about life growing up at One-mile, which is very different from today. I hope my stories from my paintings will live on for my children, grandchildren & future generations. I hope they will be proud of their heritage of Quandamooka.

Martin Karklis

Martin Karklis identifies from the three clans Gorenpul, Ngughie and Noonuccal of Quandamooka.  Living on Stradbroke Island for 47 years he has a good understanding of his cultural history.  A lot of his Aboriginal knowledge was given to him at the time when most of his relatives still fished and hunted dugong and turtle.  I’ve always loved my culture and how it reflects the brightness of our lives we spend together.

Joshua Walker

Joshua Walkers traditional name is Buangan (dolphin). Joshua Walker is one of Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Kath Walker’s grandson and is the father of six (7) children. Joshua is a traditional owner and lives on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). He also has a bloodline back to Wankangurru in the Simpson Desert, Northern Territory. Joshua is a leading songman and danceman for his Quandamooka mob. The focus of his artwork relates to his bloodlines and stories of country and people. He has traveled extensively presenting art and cultural workshop as well as song and dance performances in Japan, Brunei, Netherlands, Korea, Malaysia and Singapore. His work is constantly on exhibition at the Salt Water Murris’ Gallery at Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.

Sandra Delaney

Sandra Delaney is a Quandamooka Woman and a descendant of Granny Mibu, Neli Nidgeri, born at Pulan (Amity) strong Noonuccal/Goenpul women.  The Noonuccal, Ngugi and Goenpul people are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka.  They are also known as Yoolooburrabee, the people of the sand and sea, and are Jenderval and Gower speakers.

Quandamooka Country extends from Mulgumpin (Moreton Island) and Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and encompasses the beautiful bay islands, includes the mainland from the mouth of the Brisbane River, through to Wynnum following Doboy Creek and Tingalpa through to Redlands and to the Logan River.

Sandra’s parents, Sonny and Marion Close, lived at One Mile and moved to the Quandamooka mainland area of Wynnum in the early 1950’s to give Sandra’s older brothers and sisters better educational and employment opportunities.  Sandra spent much of her early years living at Wynnum before settling at Cleveland and going over to Stradbroke Island at every opportunity.  Yarning with her father when Sandra was growing up was something that she held on to dearly.  She was always curious to know about stories from when he was growing up and of long ago.  Sandra is the author of the book ‘Quandamooka Dreaming (2013) which features many of Sandra’s paintings.

Craig Tapp

I am an Aboriginal arts and cultural youth mentor who supports the maintenance and promotion of culture of the clans of Quandamooka people and region.

My artwork includes acrylic on canvas, sand art on canvas, jewellery design carved from dugong bone and coral.  As an environmental/ecological ephemeral art, I create design in the sand using coloured sand, quampie shells, eugarie shells, quampie pearls, black coral, red, blue, green and yellow mineral sands and clay which highlights the celebration of nature and the need to reclaim damaged landscapes, restore ecosystems to establish a balanced coexistence with natural systems.

I commenced my art career in 2000 which includes a spiritual journey through Central Desert for one year.  I have been actively involved with Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Artist Collective

Phil Close

Uncle Phil Close is a descendant of Granny Mibu and a Quandamooka Elder. Phil grew up on Quandamooka country at One Mile and attended Dunwich State School in the 1940s and 50s. Phillip also lived at the mainland Quandamooka area of Wynnum as a young man and moved to Fingal when he got married.

Shara Delaney

Shara Delaney is a Quandamooka Woman and a descendant of Granny Mibu, Neli Nidgeri, born at Pulan (Amity) strong Noonuccal/Goenpul women.  The Noonuccal, Ngugi and Goenpul people are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka.  They are also known as Yoolooburrabee, the people of the sand and sea.

"My paintings are a reflection of my connections to Quandamooka Country.  I am a traditional owner and come from a well respected family.  I have always been interested in bright colours, also blues and greens in Indigenous artwork because that connects to Quandamooka as saltwater people"

Lynette Armstrong

As a young girl Lynette used to paint with her father Eugene Brown, a Minjerribah  man from North Stradbroke Island, and since then Lynette has been exploring the flora and landscape of the Island in her work.   Lynette uses natural ochres and acrylics to create her bold and joyous paintings melding dreamtime history and the unique plant life of the island.

Irene Clarey

Quandamooka Elder, Aunty Rene's love for Art and Craft was instilled by both of her parents. She watched how they created beautiful items with their hands. Over the years Aunty Rene has been involved in many aspects of Art and Craft.
Examples – Oil paintings, water colours, pencils, charcoal.
– sewing
– jewellery making
– art and craft
– pottery
– gardening
"I am very involved in learning traditional weaving and using natural fibres.
I work mostly now doing recycling of shells, collecting driftwoods, beach treasures from only Quandamooka country and transforming them into beautiful pieces of art."

Elisa Jane Carmichael

I am a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of the 3 clan groups of the Quandamooka people of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. We are the people of the sand and seas, Yoolooburrabee. I have recently relocated back to my home town in Australia, after travelling and working in Europe, New York and India, as well as living in London as a practicing artist for 18months. During my time in London, I exhibited my first solo collection 'Mumberleya Tumbe' in United Kingdom’s leading fashion designer, Paul Smith's store at Heathrow Airport, Depatures Lounge, T5. I was also selected for a group exhibition at the London 02 arena, exhibited in various spaces throughout East London and was chosen to perform for New York Feminist artist, Emily Roysdon's live performance, I am a helicopter camera queen at the Tate Modern Gallery. Prior to travelling, after I graduated from University I undertook an internship at Artisan assisting the exhibitions team with upcoming shows and installing the exhibitions. I then began interning at the Institute of Modern art and became an artist assistant to well known Australian artist, Luke Roberts. I worked alongside him and am featured in a portrait with Richard Bell and Luke Roberts which is now housed in the Gallery of Modern Arts permanent collection. I then worked at the Salt Water Murris Quandamooka Art Gallery on North Stradbroke Island and became the gallery assistant and helped curate an exhibition in which I also exhibited in on Oodgeroo Noonuccal, Aboriginal poet, political activist, artist and educator.

David (Yowda) Stevens

David has lived and grown up here on Minjerribah (Nth Stradbroke Island), he is a descendant of the Nunukal/Ngugie clans of Quandamooka. New works from David will form part of our upcoming 'Welcoming of the Whales' exhibition at the gallery on the 3rd of July.

Lachlan Anderson

I am a Quandamooka, Minjerribah(North Stradbroke Island) Kulllili Thargomindah man. I was born on Yuggera Country (Brisbane) I grew up on Kabi Kabi Country (Gympie) and Sunshine Coast for the majority of my life and now reside in Wurundjeri Country (Melbourne).

I have been an abstract artist since 2007, I am a self taught artist/landscape photographer and work with oil and acrylic mediums. Most of my work is inspired by Quandamooka country and understanding the significant role it plays in ones identity." Lachlan Anderson

Lachlan's artwork will form part of our exhibition on the 3rd of July.

All artwork in this album are Lachlans previous works and are not availalbe through Salt Water Murris.