The sale will include a rare 1880 work on paper by colonial period artist Tommy McRae and a large and important work by Aboriginal statesman Lin Onus, amongst a number of notable and historically important pieces.
Unique in the Cooee Art marketplace approach is the level of knowledge and scholarship applied to the presentation of these items of Australian visual and material culture.
Nineteenth-century artist Tommy McRae lived and worked along Victoria’s upper Murray River area during the period that saw the disruption and ultimate end of traditional tribal life amongst the Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. He was in his fifties and towards the end of this physically demanding work life when he began to draw consistently. A steady flow of interest and paid commissions followed. McRae was able to set up an independent camp for himself and family on the shores of Lake Moodemere, a large freshwater lake of ceremonial importance to his people. It is now well over a century since McRae created this captivating, lively and compelling work. Its rarity and fragility enhances its Ingenious beauty. The untitled work capturing ritually Fighting Figures carries a presale estimate of $40,000-50,000.
IMAGE REMOVED - mp_187Amongst the many fine contemporary works is a magnificent major work by Christine Yukenbarri, the daughter of two of the movement’s founding Balgo Hills artists Lucy Yukenbarri and Helicopter Joe Tjungurrayi.Christine has painted in the kinti-kinti (close-close) style of dotting pioneered by her mother. The canvas depicts her mother's country, Winpurpurla, south of Balgo, in the Great Sandy Desert. At its centre is Winpurpurla, a permanent waterhole where "living water" can be found throughout the year. The sandhills that dominate this country and surround the waterhole, are scattered with a delicious veil of seeds and bush fruits. This work is Christine’s largest and most accomplished painting. It’s pre-sale estimate is $24,000 - $28,000.
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* Based on cumulative low estimates