Welcome to this special Cooee Art MarketPlace Indigenous Fine Art offering for 2020. The sale will include 62 works from the collection of one of Aboriginal art’s greatest promoters and supporters, the incomparable owner of the former Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Hank Ebes. The estimated value of the 110 artworks collected for this auction is $1,800,000 – 2,500,000.
Our cover lot is a highly desirable and rare Final Series work by Emily Kame Kngwarreye – only the second of the 24 works she created during the last weeks of her life to have ever been offered for public sale. Carrying a pre-sale estimate of $400,000-600,000, it is, in my own opinion, one of the crown jewels of Aboriginal art. Scattered throughout this catalogue are testimonials to Emily’s genius from some of the most highly respected curators in Australia. They attest to the power, beauty, and importance of this and other final series paintings.
Other works worthy of note in this sale are the panoramic Emily’s Country (Lot 51), created with a thickly textured profusion of purple, yellow, pink and blue paint. This major 212 x 148 cm work, depicting the desert's food sources after rain with a laser-like intensity, is estimated at $260,000-320,000; two strong paintings by Tommy Yanima Watson, including the major work Irika (Lot 83) measuring 301 x 182 cm and conservatively estimated at $80,000-120,000; a charming image of the Three Wise Men visiting Jesus at Warmun by Queenie Nakarra McKenzie (Lot 64), which is in the sale at $25,000-35,000; and two early paintings created by Rover Thomas on construction ply soon after the dawn of the Kimberley painting movement. These works by Rover Thomas were both exhibited at museums throughout Europe and Japan between 1996 and 2006, as part of the Nangara exhibition, and are illustrated in the impressive bound catalogues that accompanied this important exhibition.
We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you in person in the lead up to the auction. The quality of the artworks on offer is exceptional. You can discover a wealth of information on all of the major artists whose works are included in this catalogue, as well as detailed information about the content and subjects of the artworks, on our website: www.cooeeart.com.au/marketplace
You can access the Cooee Art MarketPLace dedicated auction platform where you can bid live online, leave absentee bids or simply just watch the auction at: auction.cooeeart.com.au