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Dinah Garadji

Designs of Country - 2000

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
95.0 x 127.0 cm
Price Realised: $2,440.00

MP #417


Provenance

Karen Brown Gallery, NT Cat No. KB0050
Lawson Menzies, Lot 298, May 2007
Tjala Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW

Dinah was a senior member of the Ngukurr Community. She was born at Milinybarrwarr, the old mission downstream from Ngukurr in the early 1920s. She did not begin painting until the early 1990s and continued to develop her style and use of bright acrylics to depict the country that she loved and knew so well.

 

Dinah Garadji's works stylistically combine structure and freedom. Her earliest paintings have more figurative elements and reference to particular locations while many of her later works are total abstractions.
She referred to many of her paintings as ‘patterns and designs’. Within these works there is a strong sense of country and place.

Having begin painting in her 70s Dinah derived great pleasure from the outpouring of her life experiences onto the canvas. As an artist she was increasingly experimental in her approach and style as she grew older.