1987/0104 Kununurra turnoff

Kununurra turnoff

Artist

Rover THOMAS
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
c 1926
 in
Gunawaggi, Well 33, Canning Stock Route, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
1998
 in
Warmun, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Kununurra turnoff
Date
1986
Medium/Material
ochre on plywood
Dimensions
60.9 x 90.8 cm (sight) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1987
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1987/0104
Currently on display (GALLERY 3 WESPAC in GALLERY BUILDING)

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Curatorial insightRover Thomas (Joolama) spent most of his life working as a stockman in the eastern Kimberley in the north of Western Australia. He began painting on a regular basis in 1981, and within a decade his vigorous and prolific creativity led to his selection as one of the first two Indigenous artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale, in 1990. In the mid-1980s the Aboriginal community of Warmun, adjacent to Turkey Creek, was the first in the East Kimberley to be recognised as a distinctive artistic region, widening non-Indigenous perspectives of Indigenous art, which had been preoccupied with the Arnhem Land and the Western Desert art traditions. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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