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Title

Untitled

circa 1999


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. 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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Sydney New South Wales Australia


Date

circa 1999


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

91.5 x 107.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed u.l. corner, verso, black marker 'ROY KENNEDY'. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2015


Accession number

355.2015


Artist information

Roy Kennedy

Artist profile

Works in the collection

14


Place

Where the work was made
Sydney