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Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford 4

Thoonbi Gorge - Ord River

Limited Edition Etching on Paper
80 x 60 cm
$3,600.00
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ID: 14899 LOCATION: Bondi



Provenance

Print published by Jirrawun Arts
Collaborator: Leon Stainer
Printer: Dian Darmansjah
Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, NT
Cooee Art, Sydney, NSW

Story

This etching shows a beautiful gorge on Bedford Downs on the upper reaches of the Ord River. The small amount of water there was found by the turtle when she travelled along the river bed with the body of the crocodile. The artist is the owner of the story on which the Neminuwarlin Performance Group production Fire, fire, burning bright staged at the Perth International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts during February and October 2002 was based. In 2001 the artist, together with members of the performance group and production staff visited Bedford Downs to prepare background
material for the show. They were heading for the massacre site and camped at Thoonbi on the way. That night it was very dark and people felt that the spirits of the murdered people were all around. They planned to visit the site the next day to conduct a smoking ceremony to console the spirits of the murdered people. As two members of the performance group sang at Thoonbi that night the moon rose forming a stairway on the water that appeared to reach to the sky through the little gorge. It is a place of special significance for the artist.

Paddy Bedford was born at Bedford Downs Station in east Kimberley, WA. He is a senior Gija lawman, renowned in his youth for his dancing and fighting skills. He had a solo exhibition at William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, in 1998, which was the same year he began painting. He is represented in major public art collections, including at the Art Gallery of NSW.


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