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June Peters / Gibb River (1A)

60cm x 90cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 16895


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June was born on Texas Downs Station in 1962.  She lost both her mother and father at a very young age however the late Madigan Thomas (Senior ochre artist) and her husband Sandy Thomas, a Traditional Elder, brought her up and treat her like a daughter.

She lives in Kununurra, has eight children and two grandchildren and visits her relatives at Warmun frequently.

She was from an early age taught painting by the best of our famous first generation ochre artists, including Jack Britten, Madigan Thomas and Lena Nyadbi.  These Elders devoted their lives to teaching youngsters culture, Traditional Dreamtime stories and ochre painting technique. June is the niece of our most famous ochre artist, Rover Thomas.  June’s mother was one of five sisters (Rita being Rover’s wife) and every one of these women, all from Texas Downs Station, have produced highly talented artists. June’s eldest daughter Deanne is following in her mother’s footsteps and is an accomplished artist. June has an extended family, and through her mother, father, aunties and uncles, is able to paint the huge expanse of Kitja land, including Texas Downs, Purnululu and Doon Doon.  This gives the artist a wonderful content for her works, and June is fastidious about the Kitja Dreaming Stories represented in her paintings.  She travels extensively in her country, and paints with precision and authenticity. June paints both in the typical Warmun style (thick bulked ochre), as well as fine, detailed works in minimal palette and on occasion, wonderful works using the acrylic medium.  June’s work has been quickly noticed and purchased by astute collectors and included in exhibitions at Australian galleries such as Japingka Gallery in Perth and Harrison Galleries and Gallery Tjukurrpa in Sydney plus international galleries in France, The Netherlands and USA. June has a promising future and her paintings now hang with the best of her famous relatives.

I have painted Gibb River country, south west of Kununurra. The big Durack River runs through the countryside with two creeks in this part joining up with it, the Ellenbrae and Campbell Creeks. This is really rough country – lots of visitors from all over the world come here, and they have to be very careful on the Gibb River road. We try to keep off that road, and take the children out to country on the flatter bush trails that our people know about. This road goes right down to Mt. Barnett in the south, with lots of rock art all around. This is a great place for fishing and bush tucker – we went there often when I was a kid – we would camp out for a week. I still go there, and all the children love this place too. Even though it’s rough country, it’s worth it because the hills and the river are so beautiful. The old people need to go bush still – a week in their country makes them feel alive again.

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