Kimberley Australian Aboriginal Art 2006
Lawson Menzies Pty Ltd 2006
Cooee Art Gallery 2018
Arguably the artist's most significant works, this five-panel painting portraits the entire tract of this country including areas flooded after the construction of the dam that created the Ord River Irrigation scheme. Painted from an aerial conceptual perspective, the dramatic planes of colour denote different aspects of country, from black soil planes to rocky outcrops, from extended valleys to meandering watercourses.
Freddy Timms was born on Bedford Downs Station southwest of Turkey Creek. He spent his childhood at Bow River and Lissadell Stations, and then worked as a stockman, handyman and fencer on several stations throughout the Kimberley. He met and worked with Rover Thomas on Bow River and Texas Downs and participated in the dancing and preparation of boards for the early performances of the Krill Krill.
Freddy painted for Warungarri Arts from the late 1980's developing a personal style, reminiscent of Rover Thomas, but recognisably his own. He painted exclusively in earth pigments until the mid 1990's when he began experimenting with colour. His more vivid interpretations of his country were exhibited first at Watters Gallery in Sydney. Many of his works are maps of his country were he lived and worked all his life. His paintings are typified by expanses of flat colour delineated by white dotting according to topography, geology, history and spiritual connections. The areas include the black soil country, redground, sandy ground, hills, creeks, watercourses, waterholes, roads, stockyards, homesteads and dreaming places of his travels.
Freddy has been quoted as reflecting 'I think about the country where I was walking and camping, all the main waterholes, all the camping areas. I remember the places where I used to go mustering and I follow them with my painting'.Share