Margaret Whitehurst

Margaret Whitehurst

BORN: Billabalong Station, Murchison
LANGUAGE GROUP: Wajarri, Murchison WA
REGION: Yamaji Region, Western Australia

Wajarri visual artist ,Margaret was born on Billabalong Station in the Murchison , Western Australia.  She is the second of seven children. Her childhood was spent swimming and fishing in the Murchison River and going to Tardun Mission School.

Her inspiration comes from the works of other Aboriginal artists and her Auntie Olive Boddington. She came to painting later in life and has only been working as an artist , she studied art at Geraldton TAFE through Wila Guthurra for short period prior to joining Yamaji Art Centre .Margaret paintings  are a mixture traditional and contemporary Aboriginal styles and techniques each telling a story about the Murchison , her ancestral lands and her childhood . These include the types of bush food found on her ancestral lands.

Margaret is the mother of seven children herself and is an industrious and prolific artist. Her current works are reflections of Yamaji country.

Margaret now lives in Geraldton Western Australia , she is represented by Yamaji Art Centre in Geraldton Western Australia.

Artworks

Group Exhibitions

2013 GoodHeart, QV1, Perth, WA
2013 Revealed, Central TAFE, Perth, WA
2012 Open Studio, ACDC, Geraldton, WA
2012 Morawa Art Awards, City Hall, Morowa, WA
2012 Gifted, ACDC, Exhibition, QV1, Perth, WA
2012 Port Hedland Art Awards, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland, WA
2012 GoodHeart Exhibition, QV1, Perth WA
2012 NAIDOC MArketplace ACDC, Geraltdton, WA
2012 Mid West Art Prize, GRAG, GERALDTON, WA
2012 Illgarijiri, European Union, Brussels, Belgium
2012 Illgarijiri, The Hague, Den Haag, The Netherlands
2012 Illgarijiri, Australian Embassy, Berlin, Germany
2012 QPT, City of Greater Geraldton, Geraldton, WA
2011 Connection 2 Place Exhibit, GRAG, Geraldton, WA
2011 Port Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland, Courthouse Gallery
2011 Mid West Art Awards, GRAG, Geraldton, WA
2011 Illgarijiri, Australian Embassy, Washington, DC, USA
2011 NAIDOC, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2011 Gifted, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton, WA
2011 Good Heart Exhibition, QVI, Perth
2010 Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland WA
2010 Track.Trail Exhibition, GRAG, Geraldton
2010 Mt Magnet Art Awards, Mt Magnet WA
2010 NAIDOC, ACDC Geraldton
2010 OPR Good Heart, QVI Perth WA
2010 Ilgarijiri, Cape Town, South Africa

2009 Hedland Art Awards, Port Hedland WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, AIATSIS, Canberra ACT
2009 Ilgarijiri, Curtin University, Perth WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GUC, Geraldton WA
2009 NAIDOC 2009, ACDC Gallery, Geraldton WA
2009 Ilgarijiri, GRAG, Geraldton WA
2009 Good Art, QV1, Perth WA
2009 Harmony Week, QPT, Geraldton WA
2008 OPR ‘Bundi Gurdurdu Midwest Aboriginal Art Exhibition Perth WA
2008 ‘Cossack Art Exhibition’, Roebourne WA
2008 ‘Connect’ Queens Park Theatre, Geraldton WA
2007 ‘Banggumayigu Walgajulgu’, WA Museum, Geraldton WA
2004 ‘Art 2 D Tour Student Exhibition’, Central West College of TAFE, Geraldton WA
2003 ‘Art in Fact Student Exhibition’, Central West College of TAFE, Geraldton WA
2003 ‘Original Mix’ By Wila Gutharra Artists, Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton WA
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Commissions

2013 Foreshore Public Art Project, City of Greater Geraldton, WA
2010 Sinosteel Midwest, Geraldton WA
2009 Wesfarmers, Perth WA

Collections

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery, Geraldton WA