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Freddie Timms

My Country - 1996

casein paint on composition board
120.0 x 239.0 cm
EST. $18,000 - $22,000

MP #289


Kimberley Art, Vic

Private Collection, Vic
Fireworks Gallery, Qld
Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies), Aboriginal Art, Sydney, 22/11/2006, Lot No. 55A
Private Collection, Vic


One of five panels painted as a series. Sold with original gallery documentation on the entire suite of works.


Master Works Touring Exhibition, Lawson~Menzies (now trading as Menzies)
'Big Country small worlds' Group Exhibition at Fireworks Gallery, Qld 2006


Lawson Menzies Pty Ltd, 2006

Freddy was born at Police Hole in 1946 and followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a stockman 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 retired from the physically demanding stockman’s life and settled at the new community established at Warmun, where he worked as a gardener at the Argyle Mine. He eventually moved out to Frog Hollow with his wife Berylene Mung and their four children, taking a job as an environmental health worker and assuming responsibility for the general maintenance of the small community.


He began paintings on canvas during the 1990s and in a career that spanned more than 20 years, Timms became known for aerial map-like visions of country that are less concerned with ancestral associations as with tracing the responses and refuges of the Gidja people as they encountered the ruthlessness and brutality of colonisation. However, his political nature is characterised by more intimate interpretations of the experience rather than overtly political statements. In what first appeared as a new and beautiful sense of irregular geometry, soft yet boldly defined blocks of colour depicted the area that now lay beneath water. There had been no consultation with the traditional Gidja owners. The places where he and his countrymen used to walk and camp, along with all its ancestral burial grounds and sacred places, were simply buried beneath the rising waters.

This work details a section of that flooded country. Painted from an aerial conceptual perspective, the dramatic planes of colour denote different aspects, from black soil planes to rocky outcrops, from extended valleys to meandering watercourses.

Freddie has been quoted as reflecting 'I think about the country where I was walking and camping, all the main waterholes, all the