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Rammey Ramsey

Untitled (My Country - Warlawoon) - 2007

natural earth pigment and acrylic binder on composition board
80 x 100 cm
EST. $6,000 - $8,000

MP #304


Provenance

Jirrawun Arts, WA Cat No. RR112007117
Private Collection, Qld
Private Collectio, Vic

Ramsey is a senior Gija lawman who, like his contemporary Paddy Bedford, began paintings on canvas relatively late in life for Jirrawun Aboriginal Arts Corporation. This work reflects his country at Elgee Cliffs, North West of Halls Creek, also known as Warlawoon Country. It references roads, stockyards, waterholes and vast gorge country.

According to Ramsey 'When the strong wind comes blowing from the east it throws dust everywhere. It is a place for the rainbow snake, the dangerous one. In early days if strange people went there the people had to perform a welcoming ceremony, putting water from the country on them (the strangers). Lots of people would come to dance: Joonba style. My parents lived there.’