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Billy Duncan / First Light Over Moonbul

100cm x 100cm Ochre on Canvas, 2006

SKU: 10656


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Billy Duncan was born on Inverway Station in the Northern Territory in 1947. He has four children, two girls and two boys.

Billy worked firstly as a ringer then stockman on Inverway, Nicholson, Kirkimbie and Mistake Creek Stations. After an accident during his stock work days, an injury to his knee forced Billy to change to working on farms in the area.

He is of Jaru (desert) skin, however his medium is ochre. He paints the country where he worked as a stockman, but now resides in Kununurra. He was a clever artefact maker with his boomerangs, didgeridoos and singing sticks much sought after.

Billy has been painting for approximately many years and his works are well executed, he completes both landscape and clever dot art pieces, often combing the two styles. He has endless stories and vast expanses of land which he is able to paint, and therefore his contribution to the art of the Kimberley is invaluable.

His paintings are much sought after and are included in major national, corporate and private collections – he is one of the few ochre dot art specialists who during his career executed this amazing technique – the finest dot art in natural ochres.

Selected Collections
• National Gallery of Australia
• Art Gallery of New South Wales
• National Gallery of Victoria
• Kerry Stokes Collection, WA
• Clemenger Collection, VIC


A big tributary of the Ord River runs right through the centre of Old Kirkimbie Station. This place is called Moonbul in language. It has water most of the year, but in the Wet, usually floods the black-soil plains, making good grazing for the cattle for the next season. I have painted the country with the river and creeks full of water, and the higher banks and ridges looking grey with the water running through. Our rains come in the hot time up here, so the colour of the land at sunrise is pink all around. When we were mustering, we started before sunrise and I remember the first light like it was yesterday, but then in the middle of the day, the colour changed to bright red, with the hot sun high over our heads. I worked on Kirkimbie, Inverway and Nicholson Stations in the Northern Territory as a stockman most of my life. This is my country.

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