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          Cooee Art was originally established in 1981 and runs a hybrid art model to represent and support artists in an ethical and sustainable way. We have two galleries, our flagship gallery in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney in Redfern and a boutique showroom gallery in Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach along with a seperate fine art auction wing, Cooee Art Auctions established in 2017. Cooee is now Australia’s oldest exhibiting Indigenous art gallery. Since first working with Australian Aboriginal artists in 1981, we have presented the finest First Nations art through exhibitions and events in Australia, Europe, and the Americas.

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Rammey Ramsey

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Though the trailblazers of the modern Aboriginal art movement have often been senior in years, their early life steeped in tradition, this has never hampered their capacity for innovation. The divergent approaches to art in the Kimberley area stems from the complex network of Dreamtime narratives that thread through its vast tracts of once shared land. The ceremonial exchanges that occurred seasonally, between specific tribal and language groups, fostered culturally commensurate perspectives rather than exclusivity and conflict. To this day, a malleable framework of cultural affiliations and historical readings means that new interpretations are always possible. This has played out creatively in the career of Rammey Ramsey.

Rammey Ramsey started painting for Jirrawun Arts in the central Kimberley in 2000. He was in his mid sixties by then but his involvement in traditional ceremony had already made art-making a central part of his life.  He is a senior Gija man, of Jungurra skin and his country is Warwaloon, west of Bedford Downs. This country provides the subject matter of most of his works. Like many of his people, he began working on pastoral stations during his youth.  These stations were adjacent to ancestral lands where traditional ceremonial activities could still be maintained. When equal pay legislation prompted pastoralists to send Aboriginal people off the land, they settled in small communities throughout the Kimberley and slowly the art movement began to take shape. Art became an essential way to stay connected with their ancient cultural heritage. 

Almost immediately after he began painting, Ramsey’s work was being shown alongside his renowned fellow artists at Jirrawun Paddy Bedford, Freddie Timms and Hector Jandalay, at the William Mora Galleries in Melbourne. This exhibition was called Gaagembi, meaning 'poor things' – a term of sympathy, sorrow and endearment. It refers to the feeling of the Gija people for their country and the traditional way of life now lost to them. Alongside ancestral topographies, historical themes and events are often touched upon in Ramsey’s work. The Gija people suffered cruelly at the hands of the early white settlers. Enslavement and massacre were part of that sorry tale. Ramsey trained young dancers, created body painting and dance poles and danced himself for the Joonba performances that commemorate these events

Jirrawun Arts was a model art centre, owned and run by the artists under the guidance of Tony Oliver. Oliver’s large collection of modern art books exposed Ramsey to influences such as Paul Klee and Sonia Delaunay. The group also regularly discussed their own work, exchanging ideas and memories and techniques. Ramsey was influenced by Rover Thomas’s majestic ochres in his early work but went on to explore a more gestural style, inspired in part by his close friend Paddy Bedford. Building a wet on wet field of colour gradations, Ramsey embeds simple jewel-like shapes of vivid gouache colour. These are the distilled features of his country such as hills, meeting places, water holes, or may refer to an event, plant or animal home. Sharp contrasting or dotted lines often weave around and between, representing rivers, roads or other connecting landmarks. This is Warwaloon, an area that makes up part of Gija country and the place where Ramsey was born. It is also his traditional name. 

The artists of Jirrawun would visit the city in distinctive looking suits and dark glasses. They were photographed with politicians and dignitaries as they gained the art world’s approval and financial independence. A new purpose-built art centre was built at Wyndham, near the coast. Over time however, as the older artists died, Jirrawun Arts folded, and in 2010, Ramsey moved to the Warmun Art Centre. Besides being a painter, he is a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, with many other community members who also appreciate his unassuming humanity that has seen both the best and worst of life. Above all he seeks to convey knowledge and compassion in his work.  Recently he has explored printmaking at the Charles Darwin University Studio.  His work is held in major collections throughout Australia including Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, and the Ian Potter Gallery, Melbourne. 

Profile author: Sophie Pierce

MARKET ANALYSIS

Rammey Ramsey's paintings first appeared at public auction in 2007.  By then his work had been included in six group exhbitions and 3 solo exhibitions. Given he only began painting at 65 years of age in 2000 this was quite an achievement. It was not until 2011 that more than 20 works had been offered for sale and at that time his success rate was poor with only 50% of works finding new homes. His record price however stood at $19,200, a record set in 2009  by a work entitled Doowoon Country – Tranie Gorge, 2004 at Deutscher & Hackett, and equalled  by another work at the same auction house in 2010.

Thougn many arguably finer works have been offered for sale since that time, these two records still stand today as they highest prices ever paid for a work by Ramsay. Two other works hold his 3rd highest price of $18,600. Warlawoon Country 2008 sold at Deutscher & Hackett's sale of the Laverty Collection in 2015 and this equalled the price acheived at Bonham's two eyars earlier for a work of the same name created in 2007.

Shortly after the begining of 2016, the number of works by this artist that had been offered for sale on the secondary market had risen to 51 of which 61 percent have sold. it has been enough to see Ramsay finally break into the top 100 artists of the movement in 96th position.

Rammey Ramsey is an artist who typifies the move in appreciation of Aboriginal art from those with an interest in its origins and culture, to those looking for works that resonate with contemporary abstraction. It is hard to look at his work and not compare it with that of designers under the influence of Sonia Delaunay. They are, regardless of that fact, highly accpomplished and attractive paintings. Ramsay was not a particularly productive artist and as a result his ouvre is relatively small. The best of his paintings will without doubt continue to find willing buyers whenever they appear at auction.

MARKET PERFORMANCE

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Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 -

top 10 Historical artwork sales

1

Warlawoon Country, 2007

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Sydney lot: 88 date: 05/04/2017
150 x 180 cm Ochres and pigments with synthetic binder on linen

$25,620.00
2

Untitled, 2005

auction: Cooee Art Sydney lot: 11 date: 23/06/2020
180 x 160 cm Natural earth pigments on Belgian linen

$20,400.00
3

Doowoon Country - Tranie Gorge, 2004

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 37 date: 25/03/2009
150 x 180 cm Natural earth pigments on linen

$19,200.00
4

Untitled, 2007

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 56 date: 24/03/2010
150 x 180 cm Natural earth and synthetic pigments with synthetic binder on linen

$19,200.00
5

Warlawoon Country, 2008

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Sydney lot: 42 date: 08/03/2015
122 x 135 cm Natural earth pigments with synthetic binder on linen

$18,600.00
6

Warlawoon Country, 2007

auction: Bonhams Sydney lot: 232 date: 24/03/2013
122 x 135 cm Synthetic and natural earth pigments on linen

$18,300.00
7

Untitled, 2004

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 52 date: 06/10/2010
150 x 180 cm Natural earth pigments on linen

$16,800.00
8

Untitled (My Country), 2007

auction: Menzies Sydney lot: 94 date: 11/05/2017
150 x 190 cm Natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen

$15,955.00
9

Warlawoon Country, 2007

auction: Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne lot: 10 date: 19/05/2020
150 x 180 cm Ochres and pigments with synthetic binder on linen

$15,955.00
10

Untitled (Warlawoon Country)

auction: Bonhams Sydney lot: 53 date: 28/06/2011
150 x 180 cm Natural earth pigments on linen

$15,600.00
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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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Price and availability are subject to change at the gallery’s discretion. While we try to ensure the accuracy of all data across the website, Cooee Art reserves the right to cancel a sale due to price change.

The artist holds the copyright for all images throughout the website and must not be reused or reproduced in any way without explicit permission.

© COOEE ART 1981 – 2021