Goompi Ugerabah

Indigenous artist Goompi Ugerabah's (Skin name: Tjuparula, Language spoken: Gandawal) art is engaging and exciting, depicting the stories of his country which is now the land known as Tweed heads and Gold Coast regions. His stories are told through intricate,weaving designs in both monochromatic and colour canvases.

Goompi’s (his name means ‘possum’ from the place of goanna) ancestors are originally from Goring Goring people near Maryborough, QLD. 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.

It is Goompi’s skin father’s stories that are represented on canvas as stunning visual representations creating eye-catching designs. People familiar with Goompi’s original art know that he records all of these stories on the back of the canvas extending the narrative into a completely different realm of aesthetic appreciation. We are familiar with stories about his tribal ceremonies, his ‘3 Ancestors’ (Koala, Brolga and the Pelican), the ‘Kingingyarra’ (Oyster and wildhop bush),‘The Koogols’ (Two Dingoes) and “Yugeree’s’ (Gathering Pippies). His paintings are a combination of colour and rhythm; each with its own unique beat of intricate and precise dot marking and line work representing his ancestral lands and dreamtime. Each original painting is celebratory of Goompi’s people and land worthy of any Australian Aboriginal art collection.

Goompi has exhibited widely in South East Queensland, Northern New South Wales and is now in galleries around the world. As a member of the Bundjalung Kunjiel dance troupe, Goompi and his troupe have been invited to present his stories in song, dance and music across the globe including the most recent invitation to open the Steve Irwin Gala Dinner in L.A. on May 13th, 2017. Others to witness these stories presented by Goompi and Bundjalong Kunjiel in song, dance and language are the US Government Central Intelligence Agency at an annual recruitment conference held at the Las Vegas Golf Club on the 4th August 2013. The C.I.A purchased two of Goompi’s original paintings, now hanging in their galleries at headquarters in Langley,Virginia. In 2011, Goompi’s dance troupe were also invited to present their stories to HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, patron of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) at their annual event at the Marriott Hotel in Surfers Paradise. Goompi presented HRH Princess Benedikte one of his original paintings, which is now held in her collection.

Tribal Ceremonies by Goompi UgerabahTribal Ceremonies
Acrylic on Canvas
170 x 165 cm
Body painting by Goompi UgerabahBody painting
Acrylic on Canvas
95 x 60 cm
Kingingyarra by Goompi UgerabahKingingyarra
Acrylic on Canvas
106 x 176 cm
Gathering Pippies (Yugeree’s) by Goompi UgerabahGathering Pippies (Yugeree’s)
Acrylic on Canvas
182.5 x 103 cm
The Koogols by Goompi UgerabahThe Koogols
Acrylic on Canvas
168 x 74 cm
3 Ancestors by Goompi Ugerabah3 Ancestors
Acrylic on Canvas
165 x 125 cm
Kingingyarra by Goompi UgerabahKingingyarra
Acrylic on Canvas
164 x 140 cm
Yulu-Buriba (Sand & Surf) by Goompi UgerabahYulu-Buriba (Sand & Surf)
Acrylic on Canvas
168 x 130 cm
Undercul by Goompi UgerabahUndercul
Acrylic on Canvas
166 x 146 cm
Songlines by Goompi UgerabahSonglines
Acrylic on Canvas
165 x 125 cm
3 Ancestors – small by Goompi Ugerabah3 Ancestors – small
Acrylic on Canvas
107 x 65 cm