Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori’s artistic career began in 2005, when she was in her early eighties. Before this time, she had little exposure to painting of any kind, however, she quickly became acknowledged as one of Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary artists. Although Gabori’s paintings may be perceived as pure abstraction, her practice was inherently referential, with paintings depicting topographical reference points, places, physical features and totems with deep significance to the artist, her family and her country.
Solo exhibitions of Gabori’s work include Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of All, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2016–17); Sally Gabori – Painted Island Home, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (2016); Sally Gabori: Colour Country – A Survey 2005–2013, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne (2015); Danda ngijinda dulk, danda ngijinda malaa, danda ngad – This is my Land, this is my Sea. This is who I am. A survey exhibition of paintings by Sally Gabori, 2005–2012, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra (2013); Sally Gabori, Sydney Contemporary, Carriageworks, Sydney (2013); Mundamurra Ngijinda Dulk: My Island Home, Sally Gabori, The Gallery in Cork Street, London (2010); Sally Gabori. Danda dulk ngijinda dulk. This Land is My Land, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, Charlottesville (2010); and Sally Gabori, Raft Artspace, Darwin, (2010). Gabori’s work is held in numerous collections in Australia and internationally, including ANZ Bank Collection, Melbourne; Artbank, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland; Musée de Quai Branly, Paris; Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Utrecht, the Netherlands; National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane; and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.
- Museum of Contemporary Art Australia