Click image to enlarge
Click images above to view larger

June Peters / Spillway – Ord River (1A)

60cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 17435

$690.00

credit card icons
shipping icon
SKU: 17435 Categories: , Brand: . Artist:

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 Ord River was dammed to make Lake Kununurra and Lake Argyle, heaps of the country went under the biggest lot of water. Coming from Lake Kununurra, there is a place called the Spillway, which runs in the Wet Season. This is part of the country that is just like it used to be. The water runs along this spillway and you can stand right up the top of the cliffs and look down – you can even see the fish, though it’s pretty high up there. We climb down and fish off the banks – there’s more fish there now than ever, and it’s close to Kununurra where I spend time with my daughter and grandchildren. I painted this one because when it is the Wet season we’ll all be out there every weekend, catching big black bream for supper.

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)