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Made in Ochre – Kimberley Artists

Made in Ochre – Kimberley Artists

Gallery 1

7 April – 17 May 2017

Made in Ochre - Kimberley Artists

Long prized for its ceremonial significance and continually used to replenish images on sacred sites over the centuries, ochre remains the defining art material for many Kimberley artists. This exhibition presents some of the greats of the Kimberley ochre tradition, artists working across distant settlements including Warmun, Kalumburu, Derby and Kununurra.

The style of ochre painters from the East Kimberley is highly recognisable. It is typified by a flat planar perspective that employs large blocks of colour to represent aspects of the landscape. These can be outlined with rows of white dots, in the way ceremonial body paintings use white dots to embellish and outline the designs. The late Freddie Timms created strong paintings based on the country he knew as a stockman, showing the different types of country and landforms. His minimal blocks of colour are classic examples of the style that was perfected by Rover Thomas and Paddy Bedford.

Sometimes the paintings include images of hills and rocks as seen from a side-on perspective, given particular reference to a location. This is common with the well-known images of the Bungle Bungle ranges by artists like Jack Britten and Nora Nagarra. Queenie McKenzie also used the silhouette profiles of the landscape embedded in flat blocks of colour to create a sense of movement between the prominent locations seen in the painting.

Artists from the West Kimberley often refer to the great rock art traditions of the Wandjina and Gwion Gwion spirits. These remarkable images are found widely around the West Kimberley and are amongst the oldest human artforms found anywhere in the world. Images are seen in the works of Lily Karadada, Jack Dale Mengenen, Regina Karadada and Mercy Fredericks.

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Nowlanji by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Nowlanji

Jap 013595  |  ochre on canvas  |  121 x 90 cm

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Narranguny Hills by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Narranguny Hills

Jap 012540  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Plains Country – Lisadell by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Plains Country – Lisadell

Jap 013593  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 120 cm

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Winbah by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Winbah

Jap 013596  |  ochre on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Dry Creek Plains- diptych by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Dry Creek Plains- diptych

Jap 013416  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 122 cm

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Watarguttarbe Hill by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Watarguttarbe Hill

Jap 013419  |  ochre on linen  |  100 x 51 cm

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Dalyuyn Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Dalyuyn Country

Jap 013598  |  ochre on canvas  |  91 x 60.5 cm

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Moses Springs – Texas Downs by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Moses Springs – Texas Downs

Jap 013594  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 120 cm

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Birrno – Alice Downs Station by Gordon Barney

Gordon Barney  |  Birrno – Alice Downs Station

Jap 000233  |  ochre on canvas  |  140 x 100 cm

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Elbow Hole – Spring Creek by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Elbow Hole – Spring Creek

Jap 012538  |  ochre on linen  |  140 x 90 cm

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Boolanji – Fish Hole by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Boolanji – Fish Hole

Jap 006148  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  105 x 65 cm

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Gilbine – Mabel Downs by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Gilbine – Mabel Downs

Jap 013708  |  ochre & acrylic on artboard, framed  |  76 x 60 cm

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Pijirr Pijirr Wanemany – Violet Valley by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Pijirr Pijirr Wanemany – Violet Valley

Jap 013709  |  ochre & acrylic on artboard, framed  |  71 x 56 cm

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Untitled by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Untitled

Jap 010496  |  ochre on linen  |  135 x 122 cm

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Purnululu – Top Way by Nora Nagarra

Nora Nagarra  |  Purnululu – Top Way

Jap 003955  |  ochre an canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Daam Naginba – My Country by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Daam Naginba – My Country

Jap 012537  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Bunagany and Kinyany by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bunagany and Kinyany

Jap 013418  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country

Jap 013704  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 57 cm

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Wardang Hill by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Wardang Hill

Jap 011930  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Doweloo – Dalarji Junction by Henry Wambini

Henry Wambini  |  Doweloo – Dalarji Junction

Jap 010495  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 140 cm

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Garang – Turner, Ord & Fox Rivers by Chris Churchill

Chris Churchill  |  Garang – Turner, Ord & Fox Rivers

Jap 011932  |  ochre on linen  |  100 x 100 cm

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Munjalawari by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalawari

Jap 013702  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  76 x 56 cm

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Bedford Station by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Bedford Station

Jap 006654  |  ochre on board  |  183 x 91.5 cm

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Margoombaray – Robins Soak by Gordon Barney

Gordon Barney  |  Margoombaray – Robins Soak

Jap 013703  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 55 cm

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Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges

Jap 013597  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 90 cm

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Adavale by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Adavale

Jap 005852  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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Texas Rockhole by Charlene Carrington

Charlene Carrington  |  Texas Rockhole

Jap 011929  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 70 cm

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Tickelara Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Tickelara Country

Jap 011071  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 177 cm

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Bream Gorge – Bungle Bungles by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Bream Gorge – Bungle Bungles

Jap 013707  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  76 x 56 cm

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North of Speewah by Tommy Carroll

Tommy Carroll  |  North of Speewah

Jap 000980  |  ochre on canvas  |  125 x 90 cm

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Road To Inverway by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  Road To Inverway

Jap 000316  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 120 cm

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Archie Creek Rugan by Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas  |  Archie Creek Rugan

Jap 004234  |  ochre on canvas  |  92 x 92 cm

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Mistake Creek by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Mistake Creek

Jap 012213  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Cangin and Wartal – Moon and Stars by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Cangin and Wartal – Moon and Stars

Jap 006133  |  ochre on linen  |  100 x 61 cm

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Gulun Duen Springs by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Gulun Duen Springs

Jap 010719  |  ochre on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Kangaroo Dreaming by Katie Cox

Katie Cox  |  Kangaroo Dreaming

Jap 000540  |  ochre on canvas  |  180 x 85 cm

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Wandjina Rain Spirit by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Wandjina Rain Spirit

Jap 013705  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 55 cm

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Wandjina Rain Spirit by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Wandjina Rain Spirit

Jap 013417  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Wandjina and Jalala by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina and Jalala

Jap 004378  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  202 x 112 cm

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Five Wandjinas by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Five Wandjinas

Jap 004375  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  205 x 144 cm

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Wandjina by Mercy Fredericks

Mercy Fredericks  |  Wandjina

Jap 010607  |  ochre on canvas  |  78 x 57 cm

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Lightning Wadjina by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Lightning Wadjina

Jap 006144  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  77 x 57 cm

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Arawadi and Wandjinas by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Arawadi and Wandjinas

Jap 006405  |  ochre on canvas  |  170 x 146 cm

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Wandjina by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina

Jap 004774  |  ochre & pigments on canvas   |  182 x 115 cm

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Ngumi – Warla lake by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Ngumi – Warla lake

Jap 002125  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  99 x 97 cm

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Untitled by Billy Thomas

Billy Thomas  |  Untitled

Jap 010503  |  ochre on canvas  |  70 x 50 cm

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Springvale Country by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Springvale Country

Jap 010413  |  ochre on board  |  75 x 55 cm

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