Bobbi Lockyer is the name. I’m an Aboriginal artist in love with rainbows and colour and couldn’t think of anything worse than grey walls and fitting inside the box. I have been described as a young creative with a unique style that turns heads. I am obsessed with the ocean and consider myself a true mermaid queen. There's just nothing better than saltwater and I am forever collecting seashells. Born and based on Kariyarra Country in Port Hedland, my work blends my love for my community and dream for a better world with my creative soul and my passion for my homeland and all the amazing colours and iconic Pilbara landscapes that inspire me daily.
I'm a proud Ngarluma, Kariyarra, Nyulnyul and Yawuru woman, raising my four amazing boys by myself on the land that raised me. I feel a deep affinity for country and community and use my art, fashion and photography as a platform to raise awareness of social justice issues, including Indigenous rights and women's rights. I find that creativity and community go hand in hand and one would not exist without the other, so I love being able to use my art as a force for good in the world.
In 2021, I was named NAIDOC Artist of the Year and won the highly-respected award, became a board member for Regional Arts WA and entered my second year as a creator for Nikon. I've had my art and photography published all over the world including in Vogue magazine and my fashion walking the Paris Fashion Week runway. Feature articles have described my work as 'groundbreaking', 'revolutionary' and 'artistic' which makes me sound fancy.
I am also pretty active on social media, sharing my real life as an artist and solo mother as well as sharing helpful tips and tricks in photography and art. I have amassed a following of thousands across my social media platforms and I also run the social media accounts for Blak Lens - a collective for Aboriginal photographers across Australia. I love using my social media to connect with my audience as I try to help break down the stigmas associated with birth trauma and domestic violence as well as tackling the topics of racism in Australia. I am proud to have partnered with The Body Shop and Amnesty International to help the Raise the Age campaign. I also collaborated with Constance Hall raising thousands of dollars for the Sisters Inside Free Her campaign.
Some of my favourite collaborations with high profile brands across the world include Adobe, Getty Images, The Body Shop, Nikon, Apple, Google, Warner Music, Triple J, Kotug, Canva and Refinery29.
If you'd like to work with me on colourful amazing content creation, digital design, art or photography, please reach out - just don't contact me if you want something stock standard and dull, because I don't know how to do that.
2021- NAIDOC National Artist of the year winner
2021 PHCCI Business of the year awards finalist - Small business category
2021 PHCCI Business of the year awards finalist - Indigenous business category
2021 PHCCI Business of the year awards finalist - Peoples Choice category
2020 PHCCI Business of the year Peoples Choice Winner
2020 PHCCI Business of the year awards finalist - Small business category
2020 Ausmumpreneur Awards Multicultural Business Excellence Winner
2020 Ausmumpreneur Awards Indigenous Business Excellence Winner
2019 Magabala Books Illustration Finalist
2018 Top 100 Finalist for Hedland Art Awards
2018 Winner of Adelaide Thunderbirds Indigenous Dress design
2016 WAEPPA Silver – Family Category
2016 WAEPPA Silver – Newborn Category
2015 WAEPPA Silver – Portrait Category
2015 WAEPPA Silver – Family Category
2015 FIPP Top 100 Finalists – Portrait Category
2009 Winner Poster Design Oceania Tobacco Conference
2007 YouthWeek-Peoples Choice Award, DesignIt Category
2007 Hedland Art Awards-Best Pilbara Artist Under 25
I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which I live and create, the Kariyarra people, and pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. Sovereignty was never ceded.
Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.