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Rammey Ramsey

Untitled - 2005

natural earth pigments on Belgian linen
180 x 160 cm
Price Realised: $20,740.00

MP #645


Provenance

Jirrawun Arts, WA Cat No. RR 8-2005-69
Sotheby's Aboriginal Art, Sydney, 2008
Tineriba Fine Arts, SA
Private Collection, SA

Accompanied by an image of the artist with the artwork

Exhibited

Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, Vic, Masterworks, 20th Oct – 4th Dec, 2010
Tineriba Gallery, Hahndorf, SA, Kimberley Collection, 2012

Rammey Ramsey started painting for Jirrawun Arts in the central Kimberley in 2000. He was in his mid sixties by then, but his involvement in traditional ceremony had already made painting and art-making a central part of his life. He is a senior Gija man of Jungurra skin and his country is Warwaloon, west of Bedford Downs. This country provides the subject matter for most of his works.

Though already in his senior years, Ramsey became renowned as a trailblazer of the modern Aboriginal art movement. Unhampered in his capacity for innovation, he draws his inspiration from the complex network of Dreaming narratives that thread through the vast tracts of once-shared land. The ceremonial exchanges that occurred seasonally between specific tribal and language groups has fostered a culturally diverse, yet collective perspective. This exchange plays out uniquely in Ramsey's work.