Freddie Timms Paintings
Freddie Timms - Senior ochre painter from the East Kimberley paints significant areas from his stockman days.
Freddie Timms creates spare and beautiful paintings in the bold ochre colours of his Kimberley homeland. His work is held in major collections including National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of WA, Aboriginal Art Museum Utrecht, and grand private collections including Kelton Foundation, Holmes a Court, and Artbank.
Freddie Timms was born in 1944 on Bedford Downs station in the East Kimberley. Being around the pastoral industry all his life, Timms learned young how to ride and to muster and handle cattle. His employ as a stockman and fencer took him to all the large cattle stations of the area, including Bedford Downs, Lissadell, Mabel Downs, Old Argyle, Texas Downs and Bow River Station.
Freddie Timms bush name is Ngarrmaliny, after his birth place near Police Hole. Equal wages acts of the 1970s saw many Aboriginal stockmen leave the traditional ands of the cattle stations and move to small towns and settlements. Freddie Timms lived at Wyndham then Turkey Creek and finally Bow River Station, which was granted by the Government to the Timms family.
Freddie Timms began painting in the late 1980s. Timms worked alongside some of the great Warmun Artists – Jack Britten, Hector Jandanay, Henry Wambini, the late Rover Thomas and his father-in-law, Paddy Jampinji. Today he and his wife Beryline Mung live at Frog Hollow community.
Freddie Timms creates beautiful maps of the country that he knows so well from his stockmen days. These landscapes from memory include references to historical events and personal experiences. Aboriginal art status – Highly regarded artist.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
1997 Recent Paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1999 My Country, William Mora Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Recent Paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
2000 Recent Paintings, Gow Langford Gallery, Auckland, NZ
2002 Freddie Tijmms, Gould Galleries, Melbourne
2003 Freddie Timms, Gould Galleries, Sydney
2004 Freddie Timms, Melbourne Art Fair (Gould Galleries)
Selected Group Exhibitions
1989 Turkey Creek: Recent Work, Deutscher Gertrude Street, Melbourne
1990 The Seventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1992 The Ninth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1993 Images of Power, Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1993/4 ARATJARA, Art of the First Australians, Touring: Koln Germany, Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Dusseldorf
1998 Freddie Timms, Ken Whisson, Landscape Paintings, Watters Gallery, Sydney
1994 Hayward Gallery London; Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
1996 Hayward Gallery, London – Louisiana Museum – Humlebaek – Denmark. Art Chicago USA
1996 Galerie Baudoin Lenbon, Paris, FAIC
1996 Art Chicago, Chicago, USA
2000 Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2000 The 17th National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2001 The 18th National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2002 Blood on the Spinifex, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne
2003 True Stories: Art of the East Kimberley, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2006 Interesting Times, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2006 Towards Black and White, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006 Prism Contemporary Australian Art, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo
2007 Ochre on Board, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2009 In Ochre, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2010 Freddie Timms Ngarrmaliny, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2013 Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA