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June Peters / Old Argyle Station (1A)

120cm x 150cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 17143

$3,950.00

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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.

When the big dam was made in the Ord River, some of the best cattle country in the area had to go under the water. You can’t see the Old Argyle Homestead now. It’s right under all that water – water as far as you can see. The stockmen will tell you about the Old Homestead – lovely old building with big hand-made stock yards. But they built a new homestead before they let the water out into the Lake. Shifted all the stock and built new yards and everything on higher ground. Uncle (the late Jock Mosquito) told me all about the Old Homestead – I was pretty young when the big dam was built, but I can remember that country before the water came. Only thing not good about this is that a lot of country that our old people visited is not there now. But Uncle said some things have to go to make way for new and good things. That’s the way he saw it.

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