View images larger icon
Click images above to view larger

Beerbee Mungnari / Bream Gorge – Ord River

60cm x 90cm Ochre on Canvas, 2007

SKU: 12354

$2,200.00

credit card icons
shipping icon

C. 1931 – 2011

Beerbee Mungnari was born on Waterloo Station, Northern Territory in c. 1931.  Like so many of the Kimberley painters of his generation, he was a stockman and drover, working on many stations including Argyle, Hahn Springs, Lissadell, Texas and Rosewood. 
Beerbee (pronounced Birribee) grew up on Rosewood, but recalls the family’s trips to Waterloo Station for holidays at Christmas.  After retiring from stock work, he lived for a time at Wyndham, then located to Turkey Creek, where he and his late wife worked in the school and taught the kids – “it was just a bow shed then, that school”. He has six children –  Denise Mung is an Emerging Artist and often paints in her father’s strong style, whilst his youngest daughter Marika is producing precise and delicately executed works still accompanied by the Dreaming Stories of the country that Beerbee has passed on to his family.
Beerbee lived for many years at Frog Hollow Community with his friends, senior artists Jack Britten and Henry Wambini but moved to Turkey Creek after they passed away. Beerbee painted his country where he was born and worked in a distinctive style. Until his death in December 2011, Beerbee was the Senior male ochre artist in the Kimberley Region and the last of the first generation male ochre artists.  

He is represented in Corporate and Private Collections worldwide including the National Gallery and his works are much sort after by collectors. A true gentleman, his passing leaves an indelible hole in the ochre art movement.

Solo Exhibitions
2004 
• Beerbee Mungnari, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Selected Group Exhibitions
2010
• Beerbee Mungnari and Churchill Cann, Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2009
• Bardungel: The youngest one, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
2008
• Aboriginal Masterworks: Gala Opening, Gallery Sydney-East, Virginia, USA
2007
• From the ground up: Ochre work from the Kimberley, Chapman Gallery, ACT
• Warda-wurrarrem (all kinds of stars), Raft Artspace, NT
2006
• Gentlemen of Warmun (with Patrick Mung Mung, Churchill Cann, Gordon Barney, Tommy Carroll and Clancy Patrick), Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2005 
• Waterhole Country, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2004 
• Big Country, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
• Tibet Meets Warmun, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
2003 
• 3 Old Men, Span Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2002 
• Warmun Country, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide, SA
• New Works from Warmun, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
• Recent Works from Warmun, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
• Munumburra: Wise Men of Warmun, Artplace, Perth, WA
2001
• Short on Size, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
Selected Collections
• National Gallery of Victoria
• Kerry Stokes Collection
• Prominent Private & Corporate Collections Worldwide

The artist has painted the country between Turkey Creek and Texas Downs Station to the south. The area is known as Osmond Valley, with distinctive mountains, cascading waterfalls and good grazing land. It was an independent cattle station many years ago, then an outstation and now an Aboriginal Community. Bream Gorge is part of the Ord River tributary system and is situated at the centre of artwork. The Gorge runs with fresh water most of the year and has always been a popular camping and fishing place for the Kitja people and the stockmen who worked on the station.

zipMoney white logo

Pay in instalments over 6-12 Months Interest Free!

Click here for full details + terms & conditions.
(Currently available to Australian residents only)