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June Peters / Second Gorge – Glenn Hill (2A)

60cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 17389

$690.00

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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 Law Woman) and her husband Sandy Thomas, a Traditional Elder, brought her up and treated her like a daughter.

June currently lives in Kununurra, has eight children and 11 grandchildren and visits her relatives at Warmun frequently.

She was taught painting from an early age 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.

Mandangala Aboriginal Community is right on Glenn Hill Station, to the south of Kununurra, East Kimberley, WA. It is a working cattle property and a very beautiful part of the country. There are three pretty big gorges in this area, the biggest being No. Two Gorge which the Kartiya (white people) call The Chamberlain. The water comes down in the wet from the high mountains above and fills up the area between the two small mountains at the bottom. The part in the middle of these smaller mountains is the actual gorge. It can be a bit dangerous when the heavy rains make the top water look like it’s boiling it runs down so fast, but most part of the year it’s a lovely place to go and camp – cool and peaceful and lots of black bream in all that water. Visitors from all over the world come here and the people on the station sometimes take them to this part – it’s a bit hard to find if you don’t know your way. In between the smaller hills above the gorge, the rock wallabies play all day and they make the children laugh with their games.

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