Laurie is the Badu Art Centre manager and has been a board member of the organisation for the past eight years. He is an accomplished printmaker and sculptor.
All of Laurie’s work shows his deep connections to, and recognition of the importance of Island culture. His work recognises his place in the wider world and shows beautiful relationships with the fish and other creatures from the ocean, the skies and winds, the storms and currents and the Islands of the Torres Strait.
The Turtle and the Dugong are frequently referenced in his work as are some of his unique symbols – which are the artist’s signature marks.
“I believe in today’s society we have to set our hearts compass on this journey called life towards a destination, believing and trusting in the compass to guide us in reaching the destination we want in life. I would like to see our future young people be proud of our identity and know that as long as the warup (drum) is beating, our culture is still alive. In everything, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
It is up to us to make sure our culture and religious values are maintained, respected and handed down to future generations. As we live in a multicultural society, may our diverse lifestyles be rewarding experiences in reaching and enriching others through the acceptance and appreciation of our many difference artistic expressions.
I believe my art work is a map of my life’s journey, encompassing all my life’s trails, failures, triumphs, loved ones and family.” Laurie Nona
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra ACT
Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA, Brisbane Qld.