WOMEN ARTISTS FROM WARMUN

PEGGY PATRICK OAM | BETTY CARRINGTON | LORRAINE DAYLIGHT NANCY NODEA | JANE TINMARIE-YALUNGA

10 FEBRUARY - 6 MARCH 2016

From the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia comes the art of five senior Gija artists whose lives have been driven by the need to put cross-cultural communication and education into practice through art. The exhibition has been curated by the Nancy Sever Gallery and the Warmun Art Centre in Western Australia where the artists live and work.  
What connects these artists is an encyclopaedic knowledge of Gija Country, their skills as expert cross-cultural communicators and educators, and the desire to share their art within their own community and with audiences beyond.   

The paintings in this exhibition are simultaneously geographical, historical and biographical. Country is mapped with ochre to illustrate the present and the past: the artists’ personal lives and those of their ancestors. They present a rich tapestry of narratives that reveal the contemporaneity of the Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) amidst the currents of colonisation.   

These artists use painting to depict places that are hard to access, practices discontinued, knowledge shared and fond memories, so that they may endure. The landscape becomes the forum for discourse derived from and located in memory.  
Natural forms and geographic locations articulate cultural histories. Features in the landscape such as hills, trees, rocks, waterholes and rivers appear as motifs, but they represent the history of the land.

Peggy Patrick, who has an Order of Australia, is a very senior law, song and culture woman with a strong exhibition and performance history. A formidable representative of the Gija people on the Kimberley Land Council, she served for nine years as the Chairperson of the Gooda Gooda Community and negotiated for Aboriginal rights in the Argyle Diamond Mine agreement.  

 Betty Carrington uses a large range of ochre colours, her palette and style often describing strong and painful stories of historical events in the East Kimberley. One recurring visual reference in her paintings is the rolling hills of her father's country, Darrajayin (Springvale Station). She also paints landscapes from her mother's country, Texas Downs Station, as well as Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) places.  

Lorraine Daylight was taught to paint by her senior relatives, Hector Jandany and Jack Britten, who were both established Warmun artists of high regard. She has a close connection to her family's country and her main themes come from the traditional oral stories of the Ngarrgooroon or Texas Downs Station country.

Nancy Nodea began painting in 1994, guided by Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie. She has explored events that occurred in the East Kimberley over the past 200 years since European settlement. She is one of the strongest historical painters in the East Kimberleys but she also paints her beloved Texas Downs Station country.  

Jane Tinmarie-Yalunga, the daughter of Rover Thomas, one of Australia's most famous artists, grew up watching her father paint. She started painting herself in 2000 and her subjects include her family country on Texas Downs Station, local birds and animals and the country around Warmun. She also paints the Dreamings from her father's country, including images from the significant Gurirr Gurirr Joonba (song cycle) that her father received in a dream and which is central to the emergence of the contemporary Warmun art movement

 

ARTISTS BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

PEGGY PATRICK

Peggy Patrick was born in East Kimberley about 1930 and has lived through the profound social changes brought about by the first contacts between her people and Europeans. In 1924 her mother witnessed the massacre of her parents (Peggy's grandparents) and other family members by settlers bent on seizing the fertile plains of the Kimberley frontier. The stories of the 'killing times' were long hidden away but Peggy has never hesitated to confront the region's violent past. As Creative Director of the Neminuwarlin Performance Group she helped to develop and performed in Fire, Fire Burning Bright, a stage show at the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals in 2002 that told the story of the Bedford Downs massacre. Despite this family tragedy, Peggy has always been a strong advocate for reconciliation, in recognition of which she was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. As well as being a senior Gija artist she is respected singer, dancer and storyteller. She has also been a formidable representative of the Gija people on the Kimberley Land Council, serving for nine years as the Chairperson of the Gooda Gooda Community and negotiating for Aboriginal rights in the Argyle Diamond Mine agreement. She generally participates in group shows with other Warnum artists, rather than in solo exhibitions.

Collections.

National Gallery of Australia.

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth.

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.

Private and corporate collections in Australia and internationally.

EXTRACTS OF REVIEWS AND WRITINGS

Peggy Patrick AM: A Queen Among Men.

"Whenever Peggy Patrick's name is spoken, be it by Indigenous or non-Indigenous Australians, she receives a special reverence. Peggy Patrick is a woman of singular magnitude.

A prodigious singer, dancer, artist and storyteller, Peggy has performed throughout Australia. Frances Kofod, a linguist who has worked in the East Kimberley since 1971, is collaborating with Peggy on a bilingual autobiography. She believes that Peggy's repertoire of Kimberley song cycles is unparalleled and that her cultural knowledge is akin to an encyclopedia.

As well as her commitment to preserving her culture, Peggy has been a formidable politician; representing Gija people on the Kimberley Land Council, serving for nine years as the Chairperson of the Gooda Gooda Community and negotiating for Aboriginal rights on the Argyle Diamond Mine agreement.

Born in the East Kimberley around 1930, Peggy has lived through the profound social changes of first contact. Before Peggy was born, her mother witnessed the massacre of her parents (Peggy's grandparents) and other family members by Europeans greedy for the fertile plains of the Kimberley frontier. These stories were passed on to Peggy and other children.

For many Aboriginal people the stories of the 'killing times' were hidden away, but Peggy has never been afraid to confront the region's violent past. As Creative Director with Neminuwarlin Performance Group she helped to develop and perform Fire, Fire Burning Bright, a contemporary stage show telling the story of the Bedford Downs massacre. The production was performed at the Perth and Melbourne International Arts Festivals.

In June 2001, the then Governor General of Australia, Sir William Deane, visited the Warmun Community followed by Kerry O'Brien from the ABC current affairs program 7.30 Report. Peggy Patrick and other Gija elders led Sir William to Mistake Creek where Gija people were massacred in the early twentieth century.

After appearing on the program, Peggy's testimony that her grandmother was killed was contested by the conservative historian Keith Windschuttle, who questioned the overall validity of Aboriginal oral history and in particular Peggy's use of the term 'Mum Mum'. Windschuttle assumed that she meant her mother, but Peggy, speaking in Kriol, meant 'Mother's Mother' or Grand-mother. Peggy responded to this attack by contributing to the book, Whitewash (ed R. Manne); a series of essays examining and refuting Windschuttle's historical assertions.

In spite of this controversy, Peggy continues to be a strong advocate for reconciliation. With her cheeky good nature, and charismatic leadership, Peggy has connected with Australians of all backgrounds. In 2010, in recognition of her contribution to culture and for her efforts to bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians together, Peggy Patrick was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia .

Now in her eighties, Peggy continues to promote her language and culture to younger generations and it is a great honour to have such a distinguished stateswoman as the face of our new ABC OPEN project, Mother Tongue."

Beth Neate.

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"Peggy Patrick (OAM) is a bold and spirited woman, whose life journey tells the story of an incredibly fierce commitment to and pride for her culture and country in the face of almost inconceivable odds. Domestic help, stockman, nurse, school teacher, truck driver, law woman, singer, dancer and artist, Peggy is today one of the most senior women of Warmun Community.

Peggy was born sometime in the 1930s, and is the now custodian of a number of significant song cycles. One of Peggy’s most iconic works Marlam (Hands) is reminiscent of the body painting that takes place during performances and ceremony. “Marlam that one, finger painting. When we paint our bodies, that’s the one, our body painting. I made that, it’s my story. When we have corroboree.”

Peggy is also renowned for her works that feature the joomooloony (boab trees) of the Kimberley. Of these works, Peggy says, “ this is the joomooloony, that’s for women – ngalingalimboorroo. When women give birth out in the bush, they put their dinyjil [umbilical chord] in the boab tree, to make their babies strong. Then that boab tree belongs to that child.” Rugged up in a pale blue coat she cuts a frail figure in the stark gallery space but her memory is strong, deeply rooted in Gija traditions from the East Kimberley region in far north Western Australia. She says her mob used to sit under that iconic tree, sharing knowledge and stories. She never went to school, did not have a house either. She grew up in the bush. Jumuluny, the boab, used to provide good tucker and medicine as well, adds Peggy Patrick. She says people never got sick then."

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"Peggy was born on Greenvale Station in 1928 and her language is Kitja. She is a full blood sister to the late Timmy Timms and former Chairperson of the million acre cattle station - Bow River Station, 25kms north of Warmun, where she spent the majority of her life. The “Bow” was granted to the Timms’ family (after Sam and Maggie Lilly on-sold it) by the Government, with Timmy as Chairperson. At Tim’s funeral, Maggie, then 90 plus, proudly said to the mourners “Your family is my family, and mine is yours”. She is a respected elder of the Kitja Community, tireless teacher of culture to the younger generation, known throughout Australia as a singer, dancer, owner of many corroborees (in particular one which was passed on to her from her late brother, which has been staged several times – at the Perth and Melbourne Art Festivals – entitled Fire, Fire Burning Bright). Peggy was actually instrumental in “cutting” a CD in 1992 with others from Warmun called “Singing up the Country”. She carves, makes digeridoos, weaves - no artefact that Peggy cannot make and pass down to the children. Peggy has been painting for some twenty years – she can sketch, as can all great aboriginal painters – and her brush paintings on slate are magnificent. She has generally participated in joint exhibitions for her community (Warmun), rather than solo exhibitions – and she includes the youngsters to whom she has taught ochre technique."

Warnum Arts Centre

BETTY CARRINGTON

Betty Carrington was born on Texas Downs but grew up with her family at the old Turkey Creek Post Office and Police Station (now the Warmun Art Centre). Her father was a police tracker and her family lived at Turkey Creek until the police station closed, at which point they moved back to Texas Downs. Carrington worked at Texas Downsas a housekeeper and she remembers the long hours of hard work: chopping wood, clearing rocks from roads, cooking and scrubbing floors, to going into the bush looking for stray bullocks. She has travelled extensively throughout Australia representing Kimberley and Gija people in dance and cultural festivals in cities including Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. She started painting in 1998 when the Warmun Art Centre was established by the leading members of the Warmun Community. Carrington uses a large range of subtle ochre colours, her delicate palette and style often describing strong and painful stories of historical events in the East Kimberley. One recurring visual reference in her paintings is the rolling hills of her father's country, Darrajayin (Springvale Station). She also paints landscapes from her mother's country, Texas Downs Station, as well as Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) places. Carrington uses painting to relate accounts of historical events post-European settlement, such as the Mistake Creek massacre and the Warmun gymkhana where Aboriginal people working on Texas Downs station were first introduced to alcohol. She and her partner Patrick Mung Mung are constant figures at the Warmun Art Centre where the couple actively passes on Ngarrangarni (Dreaming) stories and the techniques needed to master the medium of natural ochres.

 

Solo Exhibitions

2009    Betty Carrington & Roberta Daylight: Grandmother/Grandaughter - Allison Kelly

            Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

2007    Betty Carrington & Patrick Mung Mung - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic

2004    Betty Carrington - Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2002    Betty Carrington - Allison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

Group Exhibitions

2014.   Gija Contemporary Art from Warmun - Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney. NSW

2014.   Warmun: Gija Contemporary Art of Western Australia - Harvey Art Projects, USA

2014    Warmun Aboriginal Art - Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2011    Patrick and Betty - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2010    Framed Gallery - Darwin, NT

2010    Warmun - Our Earth Our Story - Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA

2009    Warmun Ochres: Rich Earth - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2009    Hedland Art Awards Courthouse Gallery - Port Hedland, WA

2009    Sharing Difference on Common Ground: Mangkaja, Mowanjum, Waringarri,

            Warmun - Holmes a Court Gallery,    Perth, WA

2009    Warnarran Gelengen : Old Times New Times - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2008    Ten Years of Warmun Ochres - Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2008    Warmun at Ten, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - Darwin, NT

2008    The Women of Warmun: Ten years on - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2008    East of East Kimberley: Warmun in Asia - ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2008    Mungowum Ngarraknaari Yaarun (Strong Stories, Strong Culture) - Short St. Gallery,

            Broome, WA

2008    Red Centre, Red Dot: Celebrating Indigenous Australia - Australian High

            Commission, Singapore

2008    Warmun at Ten: A Decade of Warmun Art - Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2008    Warmun: Ten Years On, Five Artists - Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic

2008    Star Crossed lovers of the Kimberleys - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2007    Warda-Wurrarrem (all kinds of stars) - Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2007    Greetings from Turkey Creek - Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2007    Warmun Snapshot - Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT

2007    Ochre, Brushes, Canvas: new work from Warmun - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2006    Warmun Art Centre Presents - Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006    Warmun Arts - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2006    Bungle Bungles - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2005    Gija: across the border - Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2005    Warmun Group Show - Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2005    New Work from Warmun - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2005    Waterhole Country - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2005    Affordable Art Show - Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2005    London Affordable Art Show - Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2005    Warmun Womens Show - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2004    Die inneren und die äußeren Dinge - Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Germany

2004    Womens Figurative Show - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2004    Warmun Group Show - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2004    Ochres Group Show - Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

2004    Tibet Meets Warmun - Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA

2003    Artist in Residence Exhibition - Coomalie Culture Centre, Bachelor Institute, NT

2003    East Kimberley Exhibition - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2003    True Stories: art of the East Kimberley - Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, NSW

2003    Warmun Group Show - Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2003    Big Country: Works from the Flinders University Art Museum Collection - Adelaide,

2002    Recent Works from the Warmun (Turkey Creek) Community - Framed Gallery, Darwin,

2002    Thornquest Gallery - Gold Coast, Qld

2002    Warmun Ochre Paintings - Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tas

2002    Women of the East Kimberley - Tandanya- National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide,

2002    Kult(o)urnacht - Aboriginal Art Galerie Baehr, Speyer, Germany

2002    Boundless, a collaboration with Art Gallery of WA - Country Arts WA, WA

2002    Garmerrun: all our country - Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA

2001    Grande Opening - Thornquest Gallery, Gold Coast, Qld

2001    Ochres Show - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2001    Past Modern - Short Street Gallery, Sydney Show, NSW

2001    New Paintings from the Warmun Art Centre - Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, Qld

2001    Das Verborgene im Sichtbaren, Staedtische Galerie - Wolfsburg, Germany

2001    Peter Baillie Acquisitive Art Exhibition - Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, 2001 ‘Erzahlungen uber die Dinges des Lebens: Kunst aus Australien (Recounting the essence of life: art from Australia) - Kunstforum HDZ, Bad Oeynhausen, Germany

2001    Short on Size - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2000    Anthropological Museum - Freiburg, Germany

2000    Ben Grady Gallery - Canberra, ACT

2000    Kunst der Aborigines - Galerie Baehr, Dromagen, Germany

2000    Kunst der Aborigines - Galerie Baehr, Leverkusen, Germany

2000    Hogarth Galleries - Paddington, Sydney, NSW

2000    Melbourne Art Fair (in conjunction with Bett Gallery & Chrysalis Publishing) -

2000    Bett Gallery - Hobart, Tas

1999    Japinka Gallery - Fremantle, WA

1999    East Kimberley Art Award (work preselected) - Kununurra, WA

1999    Karen Brown Gallery - Darwin, NT

1999    Aboriginal Art (in association with Aboriginal Art Gallerie Báhr, Speyer) - IHK     Wuerzburg, Germany

1999    Short Street Gallery - Broome, WA

1999    Hogarth Galleries - Paddington, Sydney, NSW

Bibliography

Stewart, M. Ngalangangpum Jarrakpu Purrurn: Mother and Child (Broome. Magabala.1999)

Collections

Artbank

Broadmeadows Hospital Collection. Melbourne.

Flinders University Art Museum. Adelaide

Harland Collection. NSW.

Kaplan Collection. USA.

Kerry Stokes Collection. Perth.

Laverty Collection. Sydney.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Norther Territory. Darwin.

National Australia Bank Collection.

 

LORRAINE DAYLIGHT

Lorraine Daylight was taught to paint by her senior relatives, Hector Jandany and Jack Britten, who were both established Warmun artists of high regard. Hector was Daylight's ganggayi (grandfather). Her father, Gordon Barney, is also a well-known Warmun artist. Daylight has a close connection to her family's country, mainly because of the many bush trips organised by the senior men to go out fishing and hunting for bush turkey, kangaroo and goanna throughout the year. Daylight takes advantage of these trips and often sends her three boys to experience and learn the bush ways. Her main themes come from the traditional oral stories of the Ngarrgooroon or Texas Downs Station country. In 1999, Lorraine won the Encouragement Award at the highly competitive East Kimberley Art Award.

Group Exhibitions

2016    Women Artists from Warmun - Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2014    Warmun: Gija Contemporary Art of W.A. - Harvey Art Projects, USA

2014    Warmun Aboriginal Art - Art Images Gallery, Adelaide, SA

2011    Where Knowledge Comes From, Gadfly Gallery - Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

2010    Ochres of the Kimberley - Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA

2010    Warmun - Our Earth Our Story - Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA

2010    Putipula Gallery - Noosa, QLD

2010    Old Peoples’ Stories, Young Peoples’ Way - Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA

2009    Ochre Dreaming: Stories from the East Kimberley - ReDot Gallery Singapore

2008    Warmun at Ten - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin. NT

2008    Mungowum Ngarraknaari Yaarun (Strong Stories, Strong Culture) - Short St. Gallery,       Broome, WA

2008    MODAA + Tribal eARTh Gallery - Los Angeles, USA

2008    The Women of Warmun: Ten years on - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2008    East of East Kimberley: Warmun in Asia - ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2007    Warmun Snapshot - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT

2007    Warmun Artists in New York - Ralph Pucci Gallery, Soho, New York, USA

2007    Dog Dreamings - Seva Frangos Art, Perth, WA

2007    Treading Lightly - Terra Australis at Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

2005    Gija - Across the Border - Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2004    Warmun Group Show - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2002    Kimberley Artists Group Show - Glen Eira Arts Complex, Melbourne, Vic

2002    Framed Gallery Group Show - Darwin, NT

2001    Short on Size - Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA

NANCY NODEA

Nancy Nodea grew up and worked most of her early life on Texas Downs cattle station in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. There she worked in a wide range of tasks including checking bores, roadbuilding, milking the goats, making butter and general housework. She began painting in 1994, guided by Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie. Nodea has explored contemporary stories that occurred in the East Kimberley over the past 200 years since white settlement. She has told the stories of the white cameleers and massacre sites not far from Warmun in her paintings. She is one of the strongest historical painters at Warmun but she also paints her beloved Texas Downs Station country. Nodea and other artists who grew up on this station take an active role in taking young people out to country to hunt, fish and reconnect with traditional ways of living with the land.

Group Exhibitions

2016    Women Artists from Warmun - Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2010    Surface of Our Dreaming - Paintings by Gija Women - Chapman Gallery, Canberra,

2010    Warmun - Our Earth Our Story - Art Images Gallery, Norwood, SA

2010    Ochres of the Kimberley - Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA

2010    Rising Landscapes - Gallery Tjukurrpa, Manly, NSW

2010    Framed Gallery - Darwin, NT

2009    Warmun Ochres: Rich Earth - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2009    Best of the Best 2 - Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2009    Warnarran Gelengen : Old Times, New Times - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2009    Sharing Difference on Common Ground: Mangkaja, Mowanjum, Waringarri,  Warmun - Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth, WA

2008    Warmun at Ten, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair - Darwin, NT

2008    East of East Kimberley: Warmun in Asia - ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2008    The Women of Warmun: Ten years on - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2008    Warmun at Ten: A Decade of Warmun Art - Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2008    Star Crosse Lovers of the Kimberleys - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2008    Mungowum Ngarraknaari Yaarun (Strong Stories, Strong Culture) - Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA

2007    Greetings from Turkey Creek - Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2007    Warmun Snapshot - Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT

2007    Ochre, Brushes, Canvas: new work from Warmun - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2006    Warmun Arts - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2006    Warmun Art Centre Presents - Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006    Women from Texas Downs - Gadfly Gallery, Dalkeith, Perth

2006    What Bird is That? - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

2005    Gija: across the border - Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT

2005    Waterhole Country - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2005    New Work from Warmun - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2005    Warmun Group Show - Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2004    Womens Figurative Show - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2004    Big Country Show - Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT

2002    Recent Works from the Warmun Community (Turkey Creek) - Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT

2002    Women of the East Kimberley - Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA

2002    Coolmalie Culture Centre - Batchelor, NT

2002    All that Gija Country - Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA

2002    Thornquest Gallery - Gold Coast, Qld

2001    Ochres - Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

2001    New Paintings from Warmun Art Centre - Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, Qld

2001    Grande Opening Exhibition, Thornquest Gallery - Gold Coast, Qld

2001    Guildford Grammar School Art Exhibition - Perth, WA

2000    Hogarth Galleries - Sydney, NSW

 

Collections

Artbank

 

JANE YALUNGA

Jane Yalunga Tinmarie was born in Wyndham, Western Australia. She went to school in Wyndham as a young girl, then moved to Warmun community in the East Kimberley area of Westerm Australia, where she now lives. She worked as a teacher's aide at the Ngalangangpum Community School in Warmun for many years. As the daughter of one of Australia's most famous artists, Rover Thomas, Jane grew up watching her father paint. She started painting herself in 2000 at the Warmun Art Centre and her subjects include her family country on Texas Downs Station, local birds and animals and the country around Warmun. She also paints the Dreamings from her father's country, including images from the significant Gurirr Gurirr Joonba (song cycle) that her father received in a dream and which is central to the emergence of the contemporary Warmun Art Movement. Jane lives in Warmun (Turkey Creek) with her five children, her partner and her extended family. She also works as a studio assistant at Warmun Art Centre.

 

Group Exhibitions

2016    Women Artists from Warmun - Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, ACT

2011    (Re) - Currents of Warrambany - Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA

2010    Next Generation - Warmun Artists - Tineriba Gallery, SA

2010    Old Peoples’ Stories, Young Peoples’ Way - Gecko Gallery, Broome, WA

2009    Warnarran Gelengen : Old Times New Times - Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW

2008    Palya Art in Sydney - Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2008    East of East Kimberley: Warmun in Asia - ReDot Gallery, Singapore

2008    The Women of Warmun: Ten years on - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA

2007    Warmun Snapshot - Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin, NT

2007    Palya in Melbourne - Melbourne, Vic

2007    Ngarrangkarni & Bible Stories - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2006    Warmun Art Centre Presents - Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW

2006    What Bird Is That? - Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic

2006    Women from Texas Downs - Gadfly Gallery, Perth, WA