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Freddie Timms

Antspring - 1999

natural earth pigments on Belgian linen
122 x 135 cm
Price Realised: $10,980.00

MP #634


Jirrawun Aboriginal Art Corporation, WA Cat No. 599.79
Watters Gallery, NSW
Private Collection, Vic

Born at Police Hole c.1946, Freddie Timms followed in his father’s footsteps as a stockman at Lissadell Station. At the age of twenty, he set out to explore and work on other stations. It was during this time that he met and worked alongside Rover Thomas, who was to have a deep and lasting influence on him. In 1985, Timms left Lissadell once more to settle at Warmun, where he worked as a gardener at the Argyle Mine. He began painting in 1986, inspired by the elder artists already painting at Frog Hollow, a small outstation attached to the community at Warmun, Turkey Creek.

In a career that spanned more than 20 years, Freddie Timms became known for aerial, map-like visions of country, less concerned with ancestral associations than with tracing the responses and refuges of the Gija people as they encountered the ruthlessness and brutality of colonisation and station life in the cattle industry.

Freddie Timms was foremost amongst those Gija artists of the second generation. His is a unique perspective on the history of white interaction with the Gija people.