Biddee Baadjo Paintings
Biddee Baadjo - Wangkatjungka Artist, Paints her Ancestral Country Piyurr, Canning Stock Route Area, Great Sandy Desert
Wangkatjungka artist Biddee Baadjo shared much of her artistic style with painters from the Balgo Hills area, using thickly painted dots with intense colours to create her works. However, late in her career she began painting with broad bands of colour representing the sandhill structures of her desert homelands, created with a dabbing motion that connected her to the earlier dot paintings.
These late paintings created spirals of alternating colour, bands moving out from a small desert waterhole lost in the shifting movements of the sandhills. Biddee Baadjo knew this country well, having travelled all over with her family when she was young. Biddee Baadjo was lucky to have survived when as a small baby, an eagle attempted to grab her and fly away. She was soon found where she had fallen into the grass.
Biddee Baadjo’s traditional country is desert lands around the waterhole called Piyurr. The waterhole itself is named after a small bird that makes a call that sounds just like – piyurr, piyurr. This country of the Great Sandy Desert has no surface water, and knowledge of its underground soaks and springs is critical to both animals and humans for survival. Biddee and other Wangkatjungka people have incorporated knowledge of the water sources into song cycles, a learned body of knowledge that has been passed down through the generations.
Biddee Baadjo’s paintings record the main feature of the Great Sandy Desert- its expansive sandhills and its waterholes. Biddee’s paintings capture this terrain and show the critical important of knowledge of its water sources. The mapmaking of semi-nomadic people is at the heart of Biddee Baadjo’s painting, as is a deep reverence for this traditional country that was the ancestral home to countless generations of the artist’s family clan. A selection of paintings by Biddee is available from Japingka Gallery, where collectors can buy Aboriginal art online with certainty of quality, authenticity and provenance of art works. Aboriginal art status – Established artist.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2004 Wangkatjungka Women, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2004 Jila & Tali – Waterholes and Sandhills, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2004 Paintings from Wangkatjungka, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2004 Striking Colours of the Living Desert – Wangkatjungka Country, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2004 Artists of Wangkatjungka – Stories of Country, Raintree Gallery, Darwin, NT
2004 Tali and Jila, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2005 Artists of Wangkatjungka, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Yirmpurr (Living Water) Recent Paintings from Wangkatjungka, Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra ACT
2005 Wangkatjungka Artists, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2005 Wangkatjungka, Ladner and Fell Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2005 Wangkatjungka Artists: Stories from The Great Sandy Desert, Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Adelaide, SA
2006 Wangkatjungka Artists, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2006 Wangkatjungka – Artists of the Great Sandy Desert, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
2006 Wangkatjungka Group Exhibition, Helen Maxwell, Canberra, ACT
2006 Luminaries of the Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2007 Wangkatjungka Mapping Country, Japingka Gallery. Fremantle, WA
2007 Desert Mosaic, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2008 Wangkatjungka Artists: Canning Stock Route, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2009 Desert Rains – Wangkatjungka Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2009 Kids and Mentors, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2009 Biddee Baadjo, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA