Born: Circa 1975
Homeland: Jigalong, Western Australia
Region: Western Australia
Gloria is a Martu artist working within a powerful matriarchal tradition that emerged in the Western Desert in the early 2000s. While Gloria’s work shows glimpses of the styles of Nora Nungabar and Nora Wompi, two late and significant artists of the region, she also might be located alongside other contemporary Australian abstract artists such as Todd Hunter, Gemma Smith and Sally Gabori, none of whose work she has seen. Gloria’s loose brushwork and pastel palettes have attracted critical attention for their highly affecting presence. In the past year she travelled to Perth for her first solo exhibition and was selected as a finalist in the 2018 Hadley Art Prize. Gloria spent much of her life in Jigalong before moving to Port Hedland in recent years. She started painting with the Spinifex Hill Artists in 2016.
National Gallery of Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Griffith University Art Collection