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Queenie McKenzie Nakarra

Old Jack near Queenie’s place, Texas Station - 1997

natural earth pigments on canvas
101.0 x 81.5 cm
EST. $8,000 - $12,000



Utopia Art Sydney, NSW Cat No. Q1.2.97
Private Collection, NSW

This Paintings depicts the Texas Downs Station, east of Warmun, where the artist spent much of her early life.


Transcribed on the certification is the following quote:

‘I bin born Old Texas, dat called Salt Pan country. Salt water you gotta drinkim’. No more goodfella water, all salt – bitter. I bin born la dat country.’

Queenie spent her childhood and much of her adult life working as a goat herder and, later, as a cook in the mustering camps of Texas

Downs. Cattle was mustered at the station and driven across to the abattoirs at Wyndham. The hills of Old Texas are a good place to collect the white quartz used for spearheads.

‘Dat white stone from the hill, they break ‘im up for spear. Good spear dat one.’