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Hector Jandany

Untitled - 1987

natural earth pigments on board
120.0 x 120.0 cm
EST. $4,000 - $6,000

MP #799


Kimberley Art, Vic Cat No. 00558
Sotheby's Australia, Aboriginal Art, Sydney, Nov 2010, Lot No. 164
Private Collection, Vic

accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Kimberley Art

Artwork Size: 120 x 120 cm

Frame: 123.5 x 123.5 cm

At the time of his death in 2007, Hector Jandany had been creating his singular artworks for nearly 30 years, having become the oldest member of the Warmun artists at Turkey Creek. His decision to become an artist had sprung indirectly from his work with the Bough Shed School, which opened in 1979 at Warmun, and of which Hector was the director. It was here that he encouraged two-way learning, maintaining a firm belief in his instinctive knowledge of country whist having adopted a strong Christian belief.


An inspiration and delight to anyone who found the time to just sit and enjoy his company, Hector Jandanay gained renown for quirky figurative depictions and irregular hill formations rendered with an innate sense of spacial geometry. He would build the surface of his canvasses slowly and carefully treating the surface as if it were sacred, touching and rubbing his hand gently across it reverently. Hector's preference for traditional ochres was significant. This tangible connection to land reflected Hector’s commitment to maintaining his spiritual obligations.

Though Hector Jandanay played second fiddle to many of the brightest stars of the Warmun movement, the eccentricity of his compositions, their variety and sensitivity, make his works of art particularly memorable and interesting. Over two decades he produced a steady and consistent body of significant work. He lived to become the last of the grand old pioneers of the painting movement at Warmun.