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circa 1999


Roy Kennedy


1934 – 07 Aug 2021

Language group: Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region

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  • Details

    circa 1999
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on canvas
    96.0 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
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Roy Kennedy

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  • 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.

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