Roy McIvor

My name is Roy McIvor and I live at Hope Vale, 50kms north of Cooktown. My mother was Rachel McIvor from Stonehenge, near Longreach. My father was Paddy McIvor from Binthi Country, near McIvor River, north of Hope Vale.

I was born at Cape Bedford Mission in 1934 and later moved to Spring Hill. Both were Lutheran sites north of Cooktown in Far North Queensland.

In 1942, my family and the Cape Bedford Community were forcibly removed from the mission by the military to Woorabinda, near Rockhampton.

I spent the final years of my formal schooling in Woorabinda. I recall being inspired by the wife of a teacher, Mrs Jarrett. She was always complimenting me and supportive of my artistic ability and was a jolly good artist herself.

Mrs Jarrett had said to Roy, “I hope you keep doing art,” and these words were the springboard into a life time interest and working in art for Roy. His curiosity and explorative nature have been expressed in the development of his artwork. Roy has experimented with many techniques and concepts for over 40 years, leaving him with a truly unique Indigenous style.

Roy is the Chairman of Hope Vale Arts and Cultural Centre and a stalwart figure in the promotion of Indigenous art and culture at Hope Vale.
Subject & Themes
Stories of his country
Queensland Art Gallery
Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane.

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