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Rusty Peters / Love Song

60cm x 90cm Ochre on Canvas, 2008

SKU: 12324

$3,500.00

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Rusty Peters was born on Springvale Station, East Kimberley, Western Australia in 1935.  He grew up and worked as a stockman on Springvale, which is the content of many of his works.  The family relocated to Mabel Downs Station after his father was lost in a riding accident, and Rusty continued as a stockman and valued horse-breaker.  The family then moved to the fledgling Turkey Creek Community (now Warmun) where Rusty took his place with the Kitja Elders in passing on the culture to the young boys.  He worked with Hector Jandany and George Mung Mung who along with Jack Britten and Paddy Jampinji were to become the First Generation Ochre artists, all of whom are now deceased.

In 1989 he moved to Kununurra and worked at Waringarri Aboriginal Art Centre, the first in the East Kimberley area.  He assisted artists, in particular Rover Thomas (dcsd.) and learned the many facets of the art trade whilst painting infrequently.  He participated in printmaking workshops with Waringarri. He commenced painting seriously in 1997 with Freddie Timms and Paddy Bedford.  His intimate knowledge of the country from his station background and the associated Dreaming Stories now form the basis of his very distinctive works, depicting a sparse mapping style and grass routes ‘bones of the earth’ iconography.

Rusty has the most interesting face, weathered by the rugged Kimberley conditions and perhaps by life itself.  The very well known artist Nicholas Harding who has been an Archibald finalist every year since 1994 and won the Archibald Prize in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell, in 2002 and 2004 submitted portraits of Rusty for this prestigious Award.

His dry sense of humour and casual style of speaking is legendary – in 2005 whilst attending an Exhibition at Parliament House in Canberra, in reply to political remarks such as “(Aboriginal Art) is our most profound, significant and important cultural export. I don’t think there’s any question about that” Rusty merely commented “I’m just proud of what we’ve done”.

Rusty Peters is an established high profile International Artist, with works in major Collections and Museums around the world.

Selected Exhibitions

1999
• Rusty Peters – Kimberley Stories, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

2001
• Yiribana Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery , Art Gallery of New South Wales

2002
• Rusty Peters – Recent Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
• Rhapsodies in Country, GrantPirrie at Art Miami, USA

2000-2002
• Two Laws. . .One Big Spirit (with Peter Adsett), 24Hour Art, Darwin and Touring Nationally

2002-2003
• Blood on the Spinifex, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne

2004
• Rusty Peters – Long Fella Standing Up, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne

2006
• Rusty Peters – Recent Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
• TarraWarra Biennial, 2006 Parallel Lives: Australian Painting Today, TarraWarra Museum of Art, VIC

2007
• Retrospective with his sister Mabel Juli, Kuntjil Cooper, Alkawari Dawson and Garry Namponan, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne
• Ochre Show, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

Selected Collections
• Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Acquisition of an eight panel painting ‘Waterbrain’ depicting the cycle of birth, rebirth and knowledge – the featured artwork in the “True Stories” Exhibition 2003
• Private and Corporate collections Australia and Internationally

Selected Bibliography
• McADAM, Charlie and family as told to Elizabeth Tregenza, Boundary Lines, McPhee Gribble, Ringwood, 1995
• Rusty Peters Kimberley Stories, ex cat, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, 1999
• Two Big Laws…One Big Spirit, ex cat, 24 Hr Art, Darwin, 2000

This is the camping place for two sisters – they were about 17 or 18 years old. You can see their campfires and the charcoal there. And that cave up the top. Well, one of them was singing – singing for a man. But the brother one came down and said “No – you shouldn’t be doing that – he’s a married man”. But she could – you know, there are women songs and men songs. And a woman can sing a married man, and he will leave his wife and go to her. That’s true, you know. It happens. Nothing he can do about it. He just feels a little bit sick, but he leaves his wife and goes to her and that’s it, finished. And the men, well they can sing a woman same way. That’s the truth, you believe me.

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