Aboriginal artist Sally Gabori was ripped off by white arts centre boss Brett Evans

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Aboriginal artist Sally Gabori was ripped off by white arts centre boss Brett Evans

Australia’s most successful Aboriginal artist had millions of dollars worth of her world-famous paintings sold from under her nose by the boss of the White Arts Center.

The late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda woman Sally Gabori, who became world-famous after she began painting when she was in her 80s, regarded Brett Evans as a member of the family, but several other art dealers. I was tearing her up with the painter.

Gabori’s vibrant colors captivated the art world, her work was highly regarded, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese held an exhibition of her work at the famous contemporary art gallery in Paris earlier this month.

Evans was imprisoned for four and a half years in February for personally selling 176 works of art without the artist’s knowledge. Most of it was created by Gabori.

The 62-year-old pleaded guilty to profits from misusing his position as CEO of Mornington Island Art Center in Queensland.

The District Court of Mount Isa also ordered him to repay $ 421,378.20 to artists, including Amanda and Elsie, daughters of Sally Gaboli.

Brett Sutton was imprisoned for four and a half years for secretly selling artwork created by the famous indigenous artist Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and pocketing his earnings.

Anthony Albanese poses with Sally Gabori's granddaughters Narrell Gabori and Tri-Juwalda Wilson at the opening of an exhibition at the famous Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art Gallery in Paris.

Anthony Albanese poses with Sally Gabori’s granddaughters Narrell Gabori and Tri-Juwalda Wilson at the opening of an exhibition at the famous Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art Gallery in Paris.

“He used an old lady,” Gabori’s daughter Dorothy told The Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend.

Evans, whom Gabori called her “son-in-law,” sells the artwork directly to buyers who deposit money in their bank accounts and documents to make the sale appear to come from the art center. Forged.

Beverly Knights, Gaboli’s Estate Art Manager, states that the paintings were sold at knockdown prices well below market value.

With the encouragement of Evans, Gabori began painting at Mornington Island Art Center in 2005 and produced more than 2000 works until just before his death in 2013.

Sally Gaboli's daughter Amanda Gaboli Diva Divi (center) and granddaughters Narrell Gaboli and Tori Jewarda Wilson pose at the opening of the Paris exhibition of Sally Gaboli's work.

Sally Gaboli’s daughter Amanda Gaboli Diva Divi (center) and granddaughters Narrell Gaboli and Tori Jewarda Wilson pose at the opening of the Paris exhibition of Sally Gaboli’s work.

The famous Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art in Paris, when the first solo exhibition of Aboriginal artists was performed, crossed the wall and exhibited 30 works.

During a trip to France earlier this month, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was at hand to open the display.

“Sally Gabori’s paintings are energetic and her uncontrollable passion for home shines on all canvases,” Albanese posted on social media.

A couple praising one of Sally Gabori's works on display at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art

A couple praising one of Sally Gabori’s works on display at the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art

Gabori’s daughter Amanda Gabori and great-granddaughters Torrie Wilson and Narel Gabori also attended the opening.

Between 2010 and 2013, the last three years of Gabori’s life, her Ms. Knight and Ms. Evans set aside paintings that they considered unfit for sale.

Without her knowledge, Evans sold art to individual collectors and galleries, and some paintings are believed to have become Steve Martin, an American comedy legend who is an avid collector of Aboriginal art. increase.

Evans sold the entire painting stash before resigning in 2014.

Anthony Albanese's partner Jody Haydon and Sally Gabori's granddaughter Tori Jewarda Wilson and daughter Amanda Gabori Diver Divi

Anthony Albanese’s partner Jody Haydon and Sally Gabori’s granddaughter Tori Jewarda Wilson and daughter Amanda Gabori Diver Divi

When suspicions about the art center’s finances were raised, the indigenous company’s registration office was called in for an investigation.

Evans claimed that the art was given to him by Gabori, a story the court refused.

Almost half of the work was purchased by Sydney philanthropist Patrick Corrigan. Patrick Corrigan made a fortune with freight and the rest went to private collectors and small galleries.

Gabori was from the people of Caiadirt, who was part of the last coastal Aboriginal encounters by Europeans on the island of Bentinck in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland.

In the 1940s, a natural disaster robbed the island of drinking water and moved to nearby Mornington Island, where Kaiadilt established kinship with the Lardil people who lived there.

Evans married the prominent Lardil family, who are associated with the Gaboli family. This qualifies him to be called a “son-in-law.”

American comedian Steve Martin is believed to have one of the works illegally sold by Evans.

American comedian Steve Martin is believed to have one of the works illegally sold by Evans.

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