2014/0013 Untitled

Untitled

Artist

Ray KEN
Indigenous
Birth:
1940
 in
Amaruna, Indulkana, South Australia

Artwork

Title
Untitled
Date
2013
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer on linen
Dimensions
196.0 x 196.5 cm (irregular) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2014/0013
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightKen grew up in Pukutaj (Ernabella Mission) and worked as a stockman and ringer like so many of his contemporaries at the surrounding cattle stations. He had never painted before coming to Tjala Arts in mid-2003, but quickly established himself as a meticulous, methodical painter with an eye for colour and strong, geometrical compositions. In this work Ken depicts the junction between his father and mother's country. The sinuous, powerful line work is reminiscent of the constantly shifting tali (sand dunes) in the desert. The negative space at the edges draws the eye upwards and outwards, and there is a consideration of form and composition which is elegant and intelligent. This is a big story, and the work's sheer scale projects its important narrative and documentation of country. (AGWA 2014)

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