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Both sides of the Murrumbidgee River



Roy Kennedy


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
    Media category
    Materials used
    etching, printed in black ink on white wove paper
    17.5 x 20.0 cm platemark; 22.0 x 24.5 cm sheet
    Signature & date

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

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2012
    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. 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:

    "'Both sides of the river': My mother’s mission was on the south side of the mission where I was brought up on. Her mission was Warangesda mine was called The Police Paddock both these missions are at Darlington Point".

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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