Elsie Gabori Dibirdibi

I was born on Bentinck island. When I was about 2 or 3 years old our people were all taken from Bentinck island to the mission on Mornington Island because there was a severe fresh water shortage on Bentinck island. I was placed in the dormitory and kept away from my parents. I attended the mission school along with the Lardil children of Mornington Island. I went to school until I turned 15 and then I went to work as a housemaid in the mission house. I was paid about 10 shillings a week but we lived off the land and sea and didn't really need money.

A vacancy opened on a cattle property on the mainland at Kamilaroy and I was sent there to work as a house servant for 3 years before I returned to Mornington Island. I raised a family of 3 girls and 2 boys with my present partner Bob Thompson.

I only had housework to do and was bored. My mum was selling lots of paintings and really enjoyed painting. One of my brothers passed away so I went up to the Art Centre with mum to keep her company and decided to try painting for myself. I found that I loved it as well. I really want to become a good artist like my mum and paint about Bentinck Island and my people and their stories.

Elsie Gabori Dibirdibi

Artworks

285-21

285-21

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

Bilmee - 2021

51 x 40.5 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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265-21

265-21

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

Fish Trap - 2021

40.5 x 51 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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242-21

242-21

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

Love Rocks - 2021

40 x 50 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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654-19

654-19

$800.00

Elsie Gabori

My Father's Country - 2019

50.5 x 41 cm

Acrylic on canvas

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127-21

127-21

$750.00

Elsie Gabori

Mirraa Kamarra, 2021

40.7 x 50.8 cm

Acrylic on canvas board

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36-21

36-21

$750.00

Elsie Gabori

Stone Fish Traps, 2021

40.7 x 50.8 cm

Acrylic on canvas board

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8807-14

8807-14

$2,000.00

Elsie Gabori

Dibirdibi, 2014

121 x 91 cm

Acrylic on canvas

 

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8880-14

8880-14

$1,500.00

Elsie Gabori

Dibirdibi, 2014

91 x 61 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

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6954-11

6954-11

$1,500.00

Elsie Gabori

My Country, 2011

91 x 61 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

 

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5907-10

5907-10

$1,500.00

Elsie Gabori

My Grandmother's Country, 2010

61 x 91 cm

Acrylic on linen

 

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1142-19

1142-19

$1,500.00

Elsie Gabori

Morning Glory, 2019

60.5 x 91 cm

Acrylic on Belgian linen

 

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567951-19

567951-19

$750.00

Elsie Gabori

My Mother's Country, 2019

76.5 x 57.5 cm

Acrylic on Arches paper

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