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Rover (Julama) Thomas

Hills at Bottle Tree Creek - 1995

natural earth pigment and binder on linen
45 x 60 cm
Price Realised: $4,636.00

MP #466


Warringarri Aboriginal Arts Kununura, WA Cat No. AP 0423
Cooee Art Gallery, NSW Cat No. 620
Private Collection, Qld

Signed by the artist verso


Painting up the Country, Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney April - May 1995, Cat No. 18

Thomas began painting in his 50s, after spending forty years as a stockman. 'I been all over, me,' he said, when describing his intimate knowledge and involvement with the vast expanses of sparse desert and Kimberley terrain. He settled at Warmun in 1975.

He began painting as an individual artist in 1981 and his lead soon sparked a spiritual and cultural revival within the community, gradually expanding its influence and establishing the distinctive East Kimberley painting style as exemplified by this small work in which he depicted one of the many camping sites he visited on his peripatetic travels.

Rover Thomas died in 1998. He is recognised as one of the major figures in contemporary Australian Aboriginal art. His legacy is a substantial body of significant paintings that provide an enduring, unique insight into the numinous landscape of the Kimberley region and the human relationships and events that have become part of its history.