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Title

My happy little mission

1997

Artist

Roy Kennedy

Australia

1934 – 07 Aug 2021

Language group: Wiradjuri, Southern Riverine region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Cultural origin
    Wiradjuri
    Date
    1997
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    etching, printed in black ink on white wove paper
    Edition
    8/10
    Dimensions
    11.5 x 24.0 cm platemark; 16.0 x 28.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Roy D Kennedy". Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ Group 2012
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    366.2012
    Copyright
    © Roy Kennedy

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    Works in the collection

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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. Etching is his preferred medium and one that has revealed his strength of vision as an artist. 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. This series of prints recall Kennedy's 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:

    "'My happy little mission': We loved our way on the mission because we didn’t know any better with the Aboriginal Protection Board ruling our lives. But we made bad into good and carried and shared".

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Sydney

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

Other works by Roy Kennedy

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