- Place where the work was made
New South Wales
- Cultural origin
- Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region
- circa 1999
- Media category
- Materials used
- synthetic polymer paint on canvas
- 91.5 x 107.0 cm
- Signature & date
Signed u.l. corner, verso, black marker 'ROY KENNEDY'. Not dated.
- Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2015
- Yiribana Gallery
- Accession number
- © Roy Kennedy
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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. 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. Kennedy's works reflect on his 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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Gallery 1: Yiribana Collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, North Building, Sydney, 03 Dec 2022–2023
Other works by Roy Kennedy
See all 14 works