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Rammey Ramsey

Rocky Bar (Warlawoon Country) - 2010

synthetic polymer paint on plywood
83.5 x 125.5 cm
EST. $4,000 - $6,000

MP #291


Provenance

Warmun Art Centre, WA Cat No. WAC2010
Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Fundraising Auction, Sydney NSW, 13 November 2011, lot W6.
Private Collection, NSW

Rammey began painting for Jirrawun Arts in 2000 and later joined the artists working at the Warmun Art Centre where this work was created in 2010 to raise funds following the devastating flood through the community that destroyed much of the art centre stock and equipment. Here, the flood picks up and mixes with the fine red ‘pindan’ dust colouring the floodwater pink.

 

Ramsey paints the hills and gorges surrounding Elgee Cliffs, home to the Rock Wallabies that live around camping areas and near waterholes. Images of cliffs, hills, rocks, waterholes, and meeting places appear as distillations of prominent features in this landscape. A circle may be a waterhole, a place or a cave, a rectangle a stockyard or hills.  He conveys this language of floodwater, natural and man made elements by mixing two colours, wet on wet, across the surface of the board to create the gestural strokes and rhythm of the brush – spiritually a way to represent earth, wind, fire and water.