122.0 x 135.0 cm
MP #117 LOCATION: Bondi Beach
EST. $9,000 - $12,000
Natural Earth Pigments on Belgian Linen
95.0 x 180.0 cm
EST. $12,000 - $15,000
Jirrawun Arts, Wyndham Cat.No. FT 11 2007 275
Private Collection, Melbourne
Deutscher and Hackett, Important Aboriginal & Oceanic Art, Melbourne, 27/03/2013, Lot No. 46
Private Collection, QLD
Born at Police Hole c.1946, he followed in his father’s footsteps, following the stockman life at Lissadell Station. At the age of twenty, he set out to explore and work on other stations. It was during this time that he met and worked alongside Rover Thomas who was to have a lasting influence on him. In 1985, he left Lissadell once more to settle at the new community established at Warmun where he worked as a gardener at the Argyle Mine. He began painting the following year.
In a career that spanned more than 20 years, Freddy Timms became known for aerial map-like visions of country that were less concerned with ancestral associations than with tracing the responses and refuges of the Gija people as they encountered the ruthlessness and brutality of colonisation. However, his political nature is characterised by more intimate interpretations of the experience rather than overtly political statements. Freddie Timms was foremost amongst the Gija artists of the second generation. His, was a unique Gija perspective on the history of white interaction with his people. It is hard to think of another who expressed more poignantly through their art the sense of longing and the abiding loss that comes from the separation from the land that embodies one’s spiritual home.