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Alan Griffiths / Camel Trek to VRD

56cm x 76cm Ochre on Paper

SKU: 16195

$2,800.00

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1933 – 2018

Alan was born at Victoria River Downs Station, NT in 1933 and passed away peacefully in Kununurra surrounded by his family in 2018. Alan worked as a stockman on many stations in the region including Newry, Ivanhoe, The “Elsey”, Maninbelli, Elizabeth Downs, Delamere, Willaroo and as head stockman on Beswick. When the town of Kununurra emerged in 1965, Alan became a machine operator for the Government. His language was Ngarinyman / Ngaliwurru.

Alan was an acclaimed senior artist and one of the leading Elders in the East Kimberley (as is his wife Peggy). He started painting in the early 1980’s and his immense talent is recognised Australia-wide and Internationally.

Alan was fortunate in that he was one of a few selected artists whose attributes were outstanding enough to gain recognition early in the Aboriginal Art movement – along with his wife Peggy he exhibited with and participated in printmaking programmes alongside some of the most successful ochre artists in the East Kimberley region – Jack Britten, Queenie McKenzie and Rover Thomas. His fastidious approach to his work gained him an enviable reputation, commanding high prices for his paintings.

Alan’s limited edition prints of his own corroboree “Bali Bali Balga Joonba” were instantly successful, being collected by Parliament House. He and Peggy were invited to present this corroboree at the ATSIC Art Awards Perth, with dancing headboards woven by Peggy. This now famous corroboree is danced in Kununurra annually and Alan continued travelling with Peggy for cultural events, including ceremony and law for the youngsters up until his passing.

Alan’s style was distinctive, elegant and precise and with every painting, he shared the story depicting his culture, his knowledge of the country and his diverse experience of life which he spent years passing down to the indigenous youth in his extended family.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2014
• “Alan Griffiths”, CDU Gallery, Charles Darwin University, Darwin

2012
• “Traditional Stories”, Span Galleries, Melbourne

2013
• “Camel Trek Country”,Span Galleries, Melbourne

Selected Group Exhibitions

2013
• “Our Living Land”, An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, Salvo Hotel, Shanghai, China
• “Ceremony”, Hurstville Museum & Gallery, Hurstville NSW
• “Raison d’être”, Galerie Karin Carton, Versailles, France
• Waltzing Matilda Outback Art Show, Outback Regional Gallery, Winton, Queensland
• Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Art Centre

2012
• “Sharing Difference on Common Ground”, The Cannery Arts Centre, Esperance

2008
• Kimberley Ink and Ochre, Wollongong University

2006
• Collectors Editions: Iconic Prints from the Kimberley, Northern Editions, Darwin

2005
• Celebrate, Seva Frangos Art, Perth, WA
• Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
• Indigenous Art, Australian Embassy, Paris, France

2004
• Kimberley Focus, Concert Hall PIAF, Perth
• Newcastle Regional Gallery, Newcastle
• Waringarri Song and Dance Cycle, UWA, Perth

2003
• Kimberley Art, Short Street Gallery, Broome
• Moon Show, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney

2002
• Warrgebarenkoo, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
• Heyson Prize, Adelaide

2001
• Groundwork, Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth
• All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
• New Wave Kimberley Art, Corowa House, Margaret River

1999
• Kimberley Art Award, Kununurra

1995
• Fremantle Print Award, Perth

Selected Collections
• Art Equity Collection
• Art Gallery of Queensland
• Artbank Australia, Sydney
• Bachelor Institute of Advanced Education, Darwin
• Broadmeadows Health Service Collection, Melbourne
• Cable Beach Resort, Broome
• City of Perth Collection
• Edith Cowan University Collection, Perth
• Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Virginia, USA
• Musee De Confluence, Lyons, France
• National Gallery of Australia Collection
• Parliament House Collection, Canberra

In this painting Alan has depicted memories of his early days as a stockman during the 1940s. This painting shows a camel trek to Moorloolo which, he calls “number 1 camp” with Johnson Billabong depicted in the middle.

The camel trek included Pigeon Hole “number 2 camp”, Mt Sandford and VRD (Victoria River Downs station) and “Big camp”. “We used to drove the cattle through all these camps. The camels would take supplies to each camp. Couldn’t get through with cars in those days”

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