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Title

My forgotten Darlington Point


Artist

Roy Kennedy

Australia

1934 -

Language group

Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region


About

Roy Kennedy, like many Aboriginal artists, came to art-making late in life. As he says, "I am living proof that you're never too old to learn". Kennedy studied painting and later etching at the Eora Centre in inner city Sydney. Etching is his preferred medium and one that has revealed his strength of vision as an artist. Kennedy's work shares many similarities with other successful Eora graduates, such as HJ Wedge and Elaine Russell. Like these artists, Kennedy has forged a distinctive style that contributes to the growing strength of Indigenous art practice in urban centres.

Many of the senior artists working in the cities reflect on their younger lives growing up on missions in regional areas. This print recalls Kennedy's life on Police Paddock Mission, where his family were moved when the mission his mother was born on, Warangesda, was closed in 1925. Both missions were at Darlington Point, on the Murrumbidgee River, south west of Sydney.

Kennedy provides stories that accompany his images allowing the viewer a personal insight into the importance of the scene depicted:

"'The forgotten Darlington Point': This etching is mainly about my mission and my mother's mission which was Warangesda. She was born in 1910 there and lived under the thumb of the Aboriginal Protection Board who ruled over them".


Details


Other Title

My forgotten Darlington Point mission


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Cultural origin

Wiradjuri


Date

1998


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, printed in black ink on white wove paper


Edition

8/10


Dimensions

26.5 x 34.0 cm platemark; 28.0 x 38.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Roy D Kennedy". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ Group 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

369.2012


Artist information

Roy Kennedy

Artist profile

Works in the collection

12


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Philippa Scarlett, How soon they forget: the art of Roy Kennedy, ‘List of illustrations’, pg. viii; ‘How soon they forget’, pg. 1-48, Australian Capital Territory, 2009, viii, 4, 17 (illus.), 21, 25, 27, 29, 33, 49. titled and dated 'My forgotten Darlington Point mission' 1999