Rover THOMAS JOOLAMA - Red Rock Stockyard, 1996

Rover THOMAS JOOLAMA - Red Rock Stockyard, 1996

1996, 49 x 65cm Ed 24/50 ADG3527

ADG: 3527

Description

Red Rock Stockyard, 1996

Etching and aquatint, edition 24/50
49.0 x 64.5 cm

Rover THOMAS JOOLAMA - biography
Born 1926 - 1998
Country Kimberley, Western Australia
Community Warmun [Turkey Creek]
Language Kukatja, Wangkajunga
Medium Painting, ochres on plywood, ochres on canvas with gum resin fixative, limited edition prints.
Subjects Painted dreamings from Turkey Creek, Canning Stock Route, Kuril Kuril, Cyclone Tracey, Railway Bridge Katherine, Yari country, Mother Dog and Puppies, Milky Way, Sydney Harbour.

Rover Thomas, one of our most influential Aboriginal artists, began painting in the mid-1970s after a thirty year career as a stockman and labourer. He was born in the Great Sandy Desert; his mother was a Kukatja woman and his father Wankajunga; he was ‘grown up’, in the Aboriginal way, by two fathers, Lanikan Thomas and Sundown. When he was ten his family walked 500 kms to Billiluna Station, where he later underwent his traditional initiation.

Unemployment and migration caused by the equal pay ruling of the late 1960s, led Thomas to settle in Warmun, a community in the Kimberley, WA. The Gija style of his adopted country has a figurative orientation influenced by regional rock art and ceremonial body paint designs. Thomas draws on both Western Desert and East Kimberley styles, creating a highly individual synthesis that is rare in the work of bush artists. Rover Thomas came to prominence in the late 1980s.

Solo Exhibitions
2004 Rover Thomas: I want to paint, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2003 Rover Thomas - I want to paint, The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2002 The Paintings of Rover Thomas, Utopia Art, Sydney
1994 Roads Cross, The Paintings of Rover Thomas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
1994 Rover Thomas, Utopia Art, Sydney

Recognition - Awards
1990 John McCaughey Prize.(Acquisitive) Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1990 La Biennale di Venezia.Venice, Italy: Australian Representative, with Trevor Nickolls (b.1949)

Collections
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia
The Holmes a Court Collection, Perth
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Commissions
1993 Australia Post, Dreamings series, for International Year for the World's Indigenous People, Kalumpiwarra-Ngulalintji (1984), reproduced on the $1 postage stamp.

Ranking - Most Important Australian Indigenous Artists (both living and deceased)
2011 Ranked 2/100

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