Hector Jandany painting, ‘Gardagoon Country’ Pre.1992, Warmun Kimberley, WA, Cat No: PALYA-0310HR

Hector Jandany painting, 'Gardagoon Country' Pre.1992, Warmun Kimberley, WA, Cat No: PALYA-0310HR

Artist: Hector Jandany
Area: Warmun Kimberley, Western Australia
Artwork is: Painting
Title: Gardagoon Country
Date: Pre.1992
Medium: Ochres on linen
Size: 1000 x 800 mm
Waringarri Arts Cat No: AP 3682
Palya Art Cat No: PALYA-0310HR
Price $9,900 AUD Including GST where applicable

Hector Jandany
Born C.1927 – 10th September 2006 Active Warmun, Western Australia.

This painting shows country called Gardagoon near Lake Argyle on Texas Downs Station where the artist worked for much of his life. This is part of the artist’s traditional country and was given to him by his grandfather. In the centre the artist has shown three hills in Gardagoon. The dotted areas on the hills are “roads” probably the tracks left by ancestral beings in the Dreamtime. (Source: Waringarri Arts)

Hector’s father died whist he was still a baby; his mother remarried soon afterward. When he was about 10 years old he went with his relatives to Argyle to see the his father’s country. Jandany stayed there with his relatives for a long time and worked as a stockman. He changed jobs frequently, working on the Texas Downs station and as a cook. His position as a chairman at the school of Warmun had an important impact on his life. There he tried to reinforce the teaching of the local culture and he had a strong impact into the school.

Jandany’s art is strongly influenced by his personal experiences as well as the Aboriginal tradition. Thus, the country of his mother is a constant motif in his paintings. He also paints often traditional dreaming stories from the Ngarrgoorroon country. He was particularly known for using earth tones and for his restrained use of colour. Source: Wikipedia

Hector was born in Warmun (Turkey Creek). His father was a Mirriwoong man from Newry. Hector never knew his father because he died when Hector was a baby. Hector’s mother was a Gija woman who was born at Warmun and who belonged to Ngarrgoorroon, country north of Purnululu (the Bungle Bungles). This is the country that Hector often paints.

Hector’s mother remarried when Hector was still a little boy, to a man from Springvale Station, whom Hector respected as a father while growing up. Then when Hector was approximately 10 years old, he was taken by his relatives and shown his
father’s own country, which was Argyle, Newry, Mistake Creek, Texas Downs. Hector stayed with his relations for a long time, sometimes working as a stockman and sometimes wakling back to Warmun to visit family.

Hector worked for many years on Texas Downs Station, mustering cattle and working as a camp cook. During the long years travelling and working in and around Texas and places to the north, Hector learnt many details of the Ngarrangkarni (Dreamtime) and ceremonial life. He is a very good story teller.

When Jimmy Klein, the manager of Texas Downs Station, (Hector’s brother in law) retired, a lot of people left and went to Wyndham or Warmun, setting up camp near the Gymkarna location. This was about the time when the equal wages for aboriginal people introduced by the Federal government. This was a difficult time for many aboriginal people. Hector was fortunate and found work in Wyndham as a cook.

When Warmun Community was established and the Bough shed School was built in 1979 with the help of the Catholic

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