Glen Mackie

(Kel Kalak)


Born: 1975, Yam Island, Torres Strait
Lives: Cairns, Qld
Tribe: Iama (Yam)
Totems: Hammerhead Shark (Kurrs); Crocodile (Koedal)

Glen has a distinguishable bold design style featuring wonderfully threadlike lines. He explains that he has been elected as Yam Island’s ‘official’ storyteller. Glen’s mission is to keep alive the sacred stories of the four brothers who traveled from the north before memory and settled at Zenadh Kes, or what most Australians know as the Central and Eastern Torres Strait Islands. In Glen’s works, art and law are combined heroically – the figures are woven into rhythmic patterns of design. Paintings, prints, and sculpted objects by Glen are held in numerous private and public collections nationally.

Glen is from the Iama (Yam) tribe and his totems are the hammerhead shark and the crocodile. His bold minar, or infill-design style, incorporates family totemic designs and his own invented geometric repeating water pattern. He retells the myths and legendary stories he inherited from older family members. As Yam Island’s only practising artist he feels he has a responsibility to keep alive the sacred stories of the four brothers who travelled from the north before memory and settled Zenadh Kes, more commonly known as the Central and eastern Torres Strait Islands. Glen has been a finalist in many major Australian art and print awards and he has exhibited widely. His work is held in national and international collections.

Indigenous copyright registered

Member of indigenous art code Australia

5% of all retail will sales go directly to the artists

Commissioned artworks by Glen Mackie

More about Glenn

  • 1995, 98-99 Diploma of Visual Arts, Cairns TAFE
  • 2015-16  Study towards BA in Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld
  • 2017    Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak) – Recent Works, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns
  • 2015    The Coming of Sigai and other Stories, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
  • 2014    Rear Visions: Stories from Home: The Prints of Glen Mackie, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns (Cairns Indig. Art Fair)
  • 2011    I am Kulkalgal, UMI Arts, Cairns
  • 2011    Ngai Lamalaig – Me a Yam Islander, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
  • 2021   Explore Sydney Contemporary – Paper (online), Sydney Contemporary Art Fair
  • 2021   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (online), Cairns
  • 2021   WARWAR: The Art of Torres Strait, Newcastle Art Gallery, NSW
  • 2021   Reimagining: Between Tradition and Innovation, Cairns Art Gallery, Qld
  • 2021   Cairns Art Society 73rd Annual Exhibition, Cairns Art Gallery, Qld
  • 2020   Critical Mass: The Art of Planetary Health, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Gallery, Katoomba, NSW
  • 2020   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, online and exhibition at Tanks Arts Centre
  • 2020   From the Sea, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane Qld
  • 2020   Between the Moon and the Stars, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
  • 2020   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (online), Cairns, Qld
  • 2020   Recent Prints, joint exhibition with Daniel O’Shane, Caffiend Cafe, Cairns
  • 2020   Shiver, Onespace Gallery, Brisbane
  • 2019   Works by FNQ Indigenous Artists, Pullman Hotel, Cairns
  • 2019   Sydney Contemporary – Paper, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Redfern, NSW
  • 2019   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 2018   Old Stories and New Narratives: Recent Indigenous Prints, for the 2nd Australian Print Triennial, Mildura, Vic.
  • 2018   Printing as Process, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Vic.
  • 2018   Sydney Contemporary – Paper, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Redfern, NSW
  • 2018   Inkfest, Inkmasters Biennial Exhibition, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Qld
  • 2018   Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane: A celebration of the work of two artists from the Torres Strait Islands, Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • 2018   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 2017   ARTNOW FNQ, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, Qld
  • 2017   Letters from Australia, (joint exhibition with Theo Tremblay), National Library of Latvia, Riga
  • 2017   Sydney Contemporary – Paper, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Redfern, NSW
  • 2017   25th Mabo High Court Win Celebration, Gallery Gilimbaa, Brisbane
  • 2017   Partners in Print, with Sydney Printmakers, Janet Clayton Gallery, Sydney, NSW, and KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns, Qld
  • 2017   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 2016   Gondwana’s Garden, Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, Qld
  • 2016   Thancoupie Bursary Fund, Fundraising exhibition, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns
  • 2016   Here and Now, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns, Qld
  • 2016   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 2016   Tracing the Line, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba, NSW (in conjunction with Print Council of Australia)
  • 2016   Sydney Contemporary – Paper, Sydney Contemporary Art Fair, Carriageworks, Redfern, NSW
  • 2016   ARTNOW FNQ, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
  • 2016   Pathways, touring exhibition curated by UMI Arts, Cairns (touring exhibition)
  • 2015   32nd Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the NT, Darwin (Finalist)
  • 2015   Silk Cut Print Award, Melbourne, Vic (Finalist)
  • 2015   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Cairns, Qld
  • 2015   Mapping Memories, Tracking Visions, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, NSW
  • 2015   Encounter/Northern Encounter, Impress Gallery, Brisbane
  • 2015   Encounter/Northern Encounter, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns
  • 2014   Indigenous Artists from Australia, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, USA
  • 2014   International Print Exhibition (Australia & Japan), Kyoto, Japan
  • 2014   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 2013   30th Telstra Indigenous Art Award, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Darwin,, NT (Finalist – Works on Paper)
  • 2013   Inside/Out: Mapping Spiritual Journeys, Circa 1907 gallery, Cairns, Qld
  • 2013   Prints from the Torres Straits, Surry Hills Library, Sydney
  • 2013   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair exhibition, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns, Qld
  • 2012   Big Wet, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • 2012   Sense of Place, Inkmasters Exhibition, Canopy Artspace, Cairns
  • 2012   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 2011    Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
  • 2011    Inkmasters Inaugural Members Exhibition, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns, Qld
  • 2011    Pathways, UMI Arts, Cairns
  • 2011    Storyboat, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
  • 2011    CIAF Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
  • 2010    Zenadh Kes Printmakers, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle USA
  • 2010   One Family Our Way of Life, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
  • 2010   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF), Cairns
  • 1999   Exhibition with Nino Sabatino , Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, Cairns TAFE
  • 2018    Munro Martin Parklands pump house building, part of Sea Walls Australia project, Cairns, Qld
  • 2013    Snake Bay School, Melville Island (NT), mural
  • 2012    Choice Australia, wall and floor murals for The Culture Place Gallery/Restaurant, Cairns
  • 2011     Print Council of Australia print commission, two plate vinylcut Augud
  • 2010    Dept of Immigration and Citizenship, Reconciliation Action Plan 2013-16 document, cover design
  • 2010    Window decal project, Woodridge Medical Centre, Brisbane
  • 2008    TNQ TAFE mural commission, Pre-school Child Care Centre
  • 2004    Yam Island Council mural, community centre – ‘Kabusu’
  • 2003    Queensland Health Commission mural for Health Clinic
  • 2003    Yam Island Council Community Store mural
  • 2003    Yam Island Airport, Yam Island Welcoming sign
  • 2018    Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, community workshop with Inkmasters Cairns Inc
  • 2017    Cairns Regional Gallery, Xmas Holiday Workshop in Printmaking
  • 2016    Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, vinylcut carving/printing workshop
  • 2015    Print workshops, Thaiday memorial family festival, Two Brothers sports facility
  • 2014    Woodford Festival of the Arts, Brisbane; talks, demonstrations in woodcutting,
  • 2013    Print Workshops, NAIDOC Week, Australian Museum & Surry Hills Library, Sydney
  • 2013    Resident Artist (12 months), painting and printmaking demonstrator, The Cultural Place, Cairns
  • 2012    Big Wet Monoprint Workshop with Theo Tremblay, Editions Tremblay, Cairns
  • 2012    Resident Artist, Woodford Folk Festival, Qld
  • 2016    Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
  • 2016    Finalist, National Works on Paper Award, Victoria
  • 2015    Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
  • 2015    Finalist, Silk Cut Print Award, Melbourne
  • 2014    Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin
  • 2014    2nd Prize Winner, Inkfest: Festival of Printmaking, for handpainted vinylcut, The Coming of Sigai; Tanks Art Centre, Cairns
  • 2013    Arts Queensland Bursary to study printmaking with master printmaker Theo Tremblay
  • 2016    Creative Types, Cairns Eye, article by Roz Pulley, 16/1/16
  • 2015    Darwin – The Bigger Picture, review by Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art Directory, 14/8/15
  • 2015    Dilemma of difference in indigenous art award, article by Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian, 13/8/13
  • 2012    SBS NAIDOC Week short films featuring Tagai – Star Constellation print
  • 2011     The past returns to the surface, article by Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian, p.17 Arts, 17/11/11
  • 2011     Land, Sea & Sky – In and out of the Torres Strait, article by Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art Directory, 6/7/11
  • 2006    Gatherings II, Survey Publications, Arts Queensland, Keeaira Press, Brisbane
  • 2002    Gatherings I, Survey Publications, Arts Queensland, Keeaira Press, Brisbane
  • Artbank
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Art Gallery of South Australia
  • Art Vault, Mildura, Vic
  • Australian Museum
  • Ballarat Regional Gallery
  • Cairns Regional Gallery
  • Canson Australia
  • City of Fremantle, WA
  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Kluge Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, USA
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Newcastle Art Gallery
  • Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
  • Print Council of Australia
  • Queensland Art Gallery
  • St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba, Qld
  • University of Queensland Art Museum
  • University of Wollongong, NSW
  • + national and international private collections