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Phyllis Ningamara / Gerany (Stone) Country (1A)

60cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas

SKU: 16268


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c.1942 – 2018

Phyllis was born at Ivanhoe Station in c. 1942 where her father was the station cook and her mother worked in the kitchen. She and her sister, artist Nancy Dilyai, grew up at Ivanhoe and eventually assisted their mother in the Station House with domestic duties. Phyllis was a stock-camp cook, and whilst enjoying the life looked forward to holiday time with the rest of her family at Argyle. Phyllis and Nancy both spent a great deal of time at Argyle Station, owned by the Duracks, until it was submerged with the building of the Ord River Dam.

Phyllis has several children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Phyllis and Nancy were both senior artists and traditional owners of their land and lived together for many years in Kununurra. They didn’t begin to paint until the late 1990’s after they had finished ‘growing up’ their families. They were so alike in appearance and mannerisms, but definitely individualistic when it came to their style of painting.

Such was Phyllis’s standing in the community as a traditional owner and senior artist, she was asked to design the logo for MG (Miriuwung Gajerrong) Corporation, the leading indigenous organisation in the East Kimberley, which was established to represent and advance the native title and community interests of the MG people, the traditional owners of the lands affected by the Ord River irrigation scheme around Kununurra, WA.

Phyllis passed away after a short illness in 2018. She was a kind, talented lady and will be missed by all that knew her.


Selected Exhibitions 
• Christmas Exhibition, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney
• Sharing Difference on Common Ground, Art on the Move Touring Exhibition
• Christmas Exhibition, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney
• Holmes a Court Gallery, Perth 
• Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
• White Australia, Indigenart, Perth

“This is stone country – when I walk across my country there are many rocks and small stones. We call them Gerran. In the wet season the rivers are filled with beautiful coloured stones”.

This painting also tells another story. It is a corroboree story handed down to Phyllis by her father that describes the boundaries of the stony Miriwoong country as well as a representation of her traditional country at Woorroo Worrem east of Kununurra in the Kimberley region. In the corroboree the dancers walk to the north, the east, the south and the west outlining the stone Miriwoong country. As this story was given to the artist she passes it on to her children and grandchildren.

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