RESPECTED: Goompi Ugerabah is now showing is much-anticipated works at Nissarana Galleries.
RESPECTED: Goompi Ugerabah is now showing is much-anticipated works at Nissarana Galleries. Contributed

Renowned artist stops in

ABORIGINAL artist Goompi Ugerabah (Stephen Larcombe) will be artist in residence at Nissarana Galleries in Hastings St for a week from today until March 6.

Gallery owner Valerie Pasquale considers this a coup as he exhibits all over the world and tying him down to a commitment was not easy.

"When we approached him he told us he was too busy and couldn't consider it, so we didn't think any more of it," she said.

"Then out of the blue he contacted us and said he had done a painting for us. We then invited him

again."

Goompi Ugerabah's name means possum from the place of the goanna.

Goompi is a proud Aboriginal man with tribal connection to Pialba in Hervey Bay.

After settlement his great great-grandmother was forced to move to the Ngnarangwal tribal area (Gold Coast) and Minjungbal tribal area (Tweed Heads), where Goompi and the last few generations of his family were born and bred.

Goompi has a mix blood of South Sea Island (Lena Islands), Sri Lankan and Irish on his mother's side and Scottish and French blood from his father.

His work exhibits a restrained colour palette and eye-catching graphic designs.

His artworks are investment pieces and his black and white style has been tagged as corporate style art.

"He is a very popular artist who exhibits all over the world," Valerie

said.

"At this moment he has an exhibition in Paris and after he has been with us he is flying to New York to have a meeting with prospective buyers and then he's off to Croatia for another exhibition."

Goompi will paint seven new works during his week at Nissarana Galleries. All will be for sale.

"Nissarana Galleries has been in Hastings St now for over two years and is proud to promote and support local artists," Valerie

said.

Watch Goompi Ugerabah at work inside and outside the gallery in Hastings St this week.

Nissarana Galleries

5 Hastings St

P: 545 4428


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