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Title

Untitled , from the Jirrawun Suite

1998

Artist

Paddy Bedford

Australia

circa 1922 - 14 Jul 2007

Language group

Gija, Kimberley region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melbourne Victoria Australia
    Date
    1998
    Media category
    Watercolour
    Materials used
    watercolour on white wove paper
    Dimensions
    82.0 x 101.0 cm sight
    Signature & date

    Signed lower c. verso, pencil "PB". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 2002
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    303.2002.11
    Copyright
    © Estate of Paddy Bedford

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  • About

    The Jirrawun Suite is a unique collection of 23 drawings and paintings by three prominent Gija artists - Hector Jandany, Paddy Bedford and Rusty Peters. The works were made in Melbourne in 1998 where the artists had access to a studio prior to an exhibition. These are seminal works on paper in gouache and pastel created by the Jirrawun artists in the early days of the establishment of the corporation by Freddie Timms. As such, they capture the energy of the period and are a strong affirmation of Gija culture and pride.

    Paddy Bedford was born at Bedford Downs station southwest of Warmun (hence his name) and worked as a stockman on several Kimberley stations before eventually moving with his family to Warmun. As a senior law man Bedford has been involved in painting as part of ceremony all his life. He began painting on canvas for exhibition after the establishment of Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation in 1997. It is an indication of his aesthetic vision and ability that he has captured the attention of the art world and is represented in several major collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In these paintings on paper Paddy Bedford uses colours such as bright red, yellow and blue that are not part of his usual palette as he generally paints with crushed ochres, the natural pigments of the east Kimberley, which have a much more subdued quality.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Melbourne

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Russell Storer, Paddy Bedford, Sydney, 2006, 164 (colour illus.). 1998.11

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