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Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

Untitled - 1998

ochres and pigment with acrylic binder on Belgian linen
122.0 x 136.0 cm
EST. $30,000 - $40,000

MP #307


Jirrawun Aboriginal Arts Corporation, Kununurra WA Cat No. PB 98-13
Private Collection, Qld
Private Collection Vic


Storer, R., Paddy Bedford, Museum, of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006, p. 144 (illus.) PB 98-13

Though he had been involved with ceremonial paintings on canvas all his life, it was by chance that a gallery dealer happened upon some of Paddy Bedford's boards in a rubbish tip in the mid 1990s. From such humble beginnings Paddy began paintings on canvas formally in 1997, upon the formation of Jirrawun Aboriginal Arts.


Characteristic of his paintings on canvas style are richly ochred surfaces with minimal arrangements of circular shapes delineated by white dots. Though important Dreamings such as the Emu, Turkey, and Cockatoo are present in many of his works, like the narratives of his family history they are not depicted in any figurative form.

Paddy Bedford, an enigmatic octogenarian, stood out as a uniquely talented artist. He was amongst the few selected to contribute to the permanent installation at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris and was honoured, during his lifetime, with the unprecedented recognition of a retrospective exhibition and a major catalogue by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney during 2007, which toured nationally.