Born Perth, Western Australia 1951
Sally Morgan, artist, author and playwright, studied at the University of Western Australia and Curtin University in Perth during the 1970s. While retracing her Aboriginal heritage as an adult, Morgan witnessed her uncle paint in the desert and was immediately inspired to return to her early inclinations for art.
My Place, Morgan’s autobiography, was widely acclaimed and won many awards. Two years later she wrote Wanamurraganya: the story of Jack McPhee, which featured the screen print Wanamurraganya (1989) on the cover. The story was written in consultation with McPhee, her grandfather, an elder of the Pilbara region. The image shows a waterhole surrounded by desert and mountains which held important meaning for him.
Morgan’s colourful prints have been widely exhibited throughout Australia and overseas. In 1989 she was included in the survey shows: Australian Perspecta: A Koori perspective, Artspace, Sydney (1989); Aboriginal Art: The continuing tradition, National Gallery of Australia (1989); and Contemporary Aboriginal Art – A selection from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Carpenter Centre for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, United States (1989).
Morgan’s work is held in public collections throughout Australia, including the National Gallery of Australia, state galleries in Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, and many regional and university galleries.