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Title

Untitled

1998


Artist

Paddy Bedford

Australia

circa 1922 - 14 Jul 2007

Language group

Gija, Kimberley region


About

Paddy Bedford was born at Bedford Downs station, Western Australia and worked as a stockman on several Kimberley stations before eventually moving with his family to Warmun. As a senior Gija man he has been involved in painting as part of ceremony all his life. He began painting on canvas for exhibition after joining Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation in 1998 (Jirawun was established in 1997) and is now one of the leading artists from the East Kimberley region.

'Untitled' 1998 is an extremely early example of Bedford's work, completed just months after he began painting. As with all of Bedford's works 'Untitled' 1998 overlays Ngarrangkarni, history and country in an apparently abstract manner, which belies the depth of the knowledge contained within. When compared to the sparse compositions of his most recent paintings 'Untitled' 1998 is densely worked with numerous bolder like elements jostling one another for space, encroaching on the yellowed ochre form that defiantly cuts across the canvas. The subtle dotted outlining, painterly application of ochre, bold geometric forms and strong sense of space evident in this work form the basis from which Bedford's current work has been distilled.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2006


Details


Place where the work was made

Kununurra East Kimberley Western Australia Australia


Date

1998


Media category

Painting


Materials used

natural earth pigments on canvas


Dimensions

122.0 x 135.3 cm stretcher


Credit

Gift of Dr Colin and Mrs Elizabeth Laverty 2006


Location

Not on display


Accession number

91.2006


Artist information

Paddy Bedford

Artist profile

Works in the collection

17


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Russell Storer, Paddy Bedford, Sydney, 2006, 143 (colour illus.). PB 1998.10

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Remembering Colin Laverty', pg. 8, Sydney, Mar 2013, 8 (colour illus.).