Lloyd Hornsby


About the artist:

Lloyd Gawura Hornsby (b.1947) is a Koori, descendent of the NSW Aboriginal Yuin People. His passion and talent for art manifested in childhood and developed while in his adolescence. In fact he wooed his childhood sweetheart Wendy (now his wife of 54 years) with gifts of paintings and carvings. Lloyd never paints on location; he uses knowledge and observation as a basis for finished paintings. His artwork comes together using the traditional dot technique used widely by the northern Indigenous artists. Lloyd’s strong knowledge base of sketching and drawing are evident in the detail with his bold use of colour to finish the experience. At the age of 74 my learning is continuing today through the discovery of Aboriginal culture and life. Through the passing down of stories, our history and life experiences, all are adding to the richness of my understanding. This knowledge is the basis to all of my artworks.

We have to know our history; we are people of our generation.  We can look back with admiration, and hope to have some of those qualities that help us to remain true to our time.  We have to acknowledge the complexities of our generation – our status and our connections.  Through the approval of my community and family it has been acknowledged in my art that I have shown the positive of the dreamtime and how it was for the past 60,000 years – I have endeavoured to carry on the age old tradition of telling Dreamtime and Historical stories through my art, in a passive mode.  My journey into the future will be reflected in my future works.


  • 2008 Part of the team that did a 11mt x 7mt instillation outside the State Library, Brisbane
  • 2009 completed a Bachelor of Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art at Griffith University
  • 2015 Wrote an art therapy program for Aboriginal prisoners in Arthur Gorrie and Woodford
  • 2016 Australia Day Award for Art and Culture
  • 2017 Built our own Art Gallery – Gawura Gallery in Glen Innes
  • 2020 Invited to exhibit at the Biennale in Europe/Cannes Film Festival
  • 2020 Artwork chosen for the United Nations report on the treatment of Aboriginals in Australia
  • Raised $250,000 through art programs for research into Indigenous Heart programs (closing the gap) for the Heart Foundation
  • 2021- Have been invited to exhibit artworks in four major galleries across Europe


Bachelor of Australian Indigenous Contemporary Art – Griffith University 2009

Diploma Commercial Art – Queensland College of Art 1963

Diploma in Management   TAFE 1983,                              Practicing Professional Artist – 2005 to current