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Freddie Timms

Ant Spring - 1997

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
101.0 x 160.5 cm
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MP #157


Watters Gallery, NSW (in association with Tony Oliver)
The Lowenstein Collection, Vic

Freddie Timms began paintings in 1986, inspired by the elder artists already paintings at Frog Hollow, a small outstation attached to the community at Warmun, Turkey Creek. 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 Warmun where he worked as a gardener at the Argyle Mine.

In a career that spanned more than 20 years Freddie Timms became known for aerial map-like visions of country that are 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.


Freddie Timms was foremost amongst those Gija artists of the second generation. His, is a unique Gija perspective on the history of white interaction with his people.