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Meet Crystalbrook Bailey Feature Artist, Connie Rovina

We're delighted to welcome Connie Rovina to Crystalbrook Bailey as our October - November feature artist. Her exhibition, Reconnections, showcases a number of a large scale paintings combining traditional story telling with vibrant colours of Country and Tropical North Queensland.

“This exhibition is particularly special as I connect spirits and build bridges between old, new and differing cultures in a respectful way,” Rovina says.

Reconnections is on display in the Crystalbrook Bailey lobby for two months.

Meet the artist

My name is Connie Rovina, and I am of KukuThaypan, Cape York and Widi Birriah Central Queensland ancestral heritage. My artwork is inspired by several things. The first being my upbringing within my Aboriginal family which include sibling artists, painters and artifact manufacturers; the outback traditional lands of our grandmother from Musgrave Station and the Laura district being the KuKu-Thaypan people (Far North Queensland) and the Bowen Basin district Birriah and Widi people (Central Queensland) of my grandfather. Second to this, is the brilliance of Far North Queensland’s rainforests and seas.

I use both traditional ochre tones and multi-colours from inland bush, to sea themes and abstracts about life and spirituality as Aboriginal people. My artwork mainly depicts animal figures following teachings  from my family and grandfather. I learned to paint from my uncle Joe Skeen when I was six years old on boomerangs, however I started painting professionally for Queensland Aboriginal Creations in Brisbane in 1981, and went on to exhibit and work with the Indigenous Pavillion at Expo 88 and have since continued to produce original paintings. I have previously worked in First Nations arts consultancy positions, project management, curation, public art, and in advocacy to the Aboriginal Arts Industry and artists since 1990, and hold a Bachelor Degree in Indigenous Studies. My life has been absorbed by re-connection to country. I have many stories to tell and am proud of my heritage and our survival as a family from the oldest modern people on Earth. Other Aboriginal Arts businesses within the family are Murra Wolka, Skeenarang Boomer, and Muralappi’s Journey.

Key Dates:

  • 2 December 2022: Exhibition opens
  • 2 December 2022: Exhibition opening night and 'In conversation' artist talk with Connie Rovina from 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start in the lobby at Crystalbrook Bailey. Free to attend with paid bar available at Arte. by Crystalbrook.
  • 30 January 2023: Exhibition closes


Artwork from the exhibition are available for sale here. Contact Connie Rovina here.

Crystalbrook Collection acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live, work, and stand on. We acknowledge their continuing living culture, connection to land, waters and community, and extend our respect to Elders both past and present and upcoming future leaders.