Willie Kew Paintings

Luurn Willie Kew - Wangkatjungka artist, b.1930 Nyirla, Well 38, Canning Stock Route, paints Kingfisher Dreaming.

 

Nyrila Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyrila Rockhole

Jap 006303  |  ochre on canvas  |  116 x 96 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004939  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 124 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004933  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 124 cm

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Nyirla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Rockhole

Jap 005750  |  ochre on canvas  |  106 x 96 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006302  |  ochre on canvas  |  115 x 96 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006305  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006304  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004941  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 126 cm

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Nyirla Country by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Country

Jap 005599  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 127 cm

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Big Travelling Story at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Big Travelling Story at Nyirla

Jap 005752  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 125 cm

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Nyirla Country by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Country

Jap 004218  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 125 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006306  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Luurn Willie Kew was born about 1930 at the Kingfisher (Luurn) Dreaming site at Nyirla Rockhole, in the Great Sandy Desert near Well 38 (Wartuparni) on the Canning Stock Route. Willie Kew’s Dreaming and his own bush name identify him with the mythic Kingfisher that brought the people to Nyirla Rockhole in his beak. Willie Kew frequently depicts this site in his paintings. Other sites important to the artist are Warnta and Lipuru on the Canning Stock Route. When he was a small boy Willie Kew walked from Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route all the way to Well 2 with his relatives.

Willie Kew says: “My country Well 33, Canning Stock Route, my country Wardabunni (Well 38), my country Nyirla, Warnta, Lipuru. My father had two wives his name was Jampitjin. My daddy, my granny she bin pass away at Pomely Rockhole, that’s my country.”

I bin go to Wardabunni Jila and Nyirla, that’s my country, I bin go there when I was a little boy. My father mother, mother’s uncle took me there, this is my country where I was born at Pomely Rockhole. All people now passed away. When I was a little boy I came all the way to Number 2 Well country, Number 3 Well where we camped.”

Luurn Willie Kew travelled with other Aboriginal families in the late 1940s to the cattle station country along the edge of the Fitzrroy valley. He worked as a stockman in the area, and eventually settled at Wangkatjungka Community, with his wife Biddee Baadjo. Willie Kew began painting in 1994.

Aboriginal art status – Established artist.

Group Exhibitions:

1995    Australian Embassy, Paris
1998    Ngurrara Canvas, touring exhibition
1999    Indigenart, Perth WA
2001    NATSIAA Telstra Award, collaborative canvas, Darwin NT
2001    Native Title Business – Noosa Regional Gallery NSW
2002    Michel Sourgnes Fine Arts, Brisbane QLD
2003    Artists of Wangkatjungka – Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2003    Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2003    Big Country – Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs NT
2003    Framed Gallery, Darwin NT
2004    Tali and Jila – Waterholes and Sandhills, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2004    Wangkatjungka Country, Walkabout Gallery, Sydney NSW
2004    Artists of Wangkatjungka – Stories of Country, Raintree Gallery, Darwin NT
2005    Artists of Wangkatjungka, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney NSW
2005    Yirmpurr – 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 Gallery, Canberra ACT
2007    Wangkatjungka – Mapping Country, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2008    Wangkatjungka Artists: Canning Stock Route, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2013    Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men’s Paintings, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA

Collections

National Gallery of Victoria
Ian and Sue Bernadt Collection
Kerry Stokes Collection