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Queenie McKenzie Nakarra

Texas Hills (Carboyd Ranges) - 1995

natural earth pigments on canvas
76.0 x 61.0 cm
Price Realised: $9,760.00

MP #793


Provenance

Painted at Pensioner Unit Warmun Community, WA
Neil McLeod Fine Art, Vic
Private Collection, Vic

signed verso and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Neil McLeod Fine Arts

Queenie McKenzie was born c.1930 at the Old Texas station, on the Ord River in the north-west of Western Australia. As a young girl, she cooked for the stockmen, tending and riding horses and journeying as they drove cattle across the vast pastoral region of the north.

 

In the 1970s, the establishment of the Warmun community drew her tribe together once more, becoming a cultural focal point within the Kimberley area. Queenie played a leading role in restoring her people’s culture and working toward a secure future. Involvement in community affairs led her to experiment with representational art as an educational tool in the local school, where she taught Gija language and cultural traditions. She was encouraged to paint her first artistic experiments by Rover Thomas, with whom she had worked in the stock camps for much of her life.

This painting demonstrates her strong love and attachment to country. Here, Queenie has painted the rocky hills on the edge of the desert plain in the country of her childhood and early working life near Old Texas Downs cattle station.