Paddy Jaminji’s painting untitled from the Warrmun (Turkey Creek) area East Kimberley. Palya Art C-2831

Paddy Jaminji, painting, 'Untitled' C.1980 - 1990, Warmun (Turkey Creek) East Kimberley, WA, Palya-2831

Artist: Paddy Jaminji
Area: Warmun (Turkey Creek) East Kimberley, WA
Title: Untitled
Date: Circa. 1980 – 1990
Medium: Natural earth pigments on board
Size: 620 x 920 mm
Palya Art No. C-2831
Price: AUD $16,000.00


Paddy Jaminji was born 1912-1996  and had a later active painting life in the Warmun, East Kimberley region, Western Australia.

The National Gallery of Australia States: “It was art created by Paddy Jaminji (Jampijin) that first drew the attention of the art world to the East Kimberley. These works were produced in the Warmun community (at Turkey Creek), in the context of the Kurirr Kurirr ceremonial cycle. Along with a number of other artists, Paddy had painted a series of boards that referred to sites visited along a spirit journey across the Kimberley undertaken by Rover Thomas’s aunt after her unfortunate death in an accident.

As a pioneer of the Turkey Creek school of painting, Jaminji did not use acrylics but restricted himself to the traditional palette and to themes either related to the Kurirr Kurirr or to his own specific country. His work is consistent in quality and his paintings are both textured and bold in execution.

Apart from producing art for ceremonial contexts, Jaminji only began painting regularly in about 1980, but as his eyesight was already failing he only produced a limited body of work. Stricken with trachoma, Jaminji was blind by 1987. Although his artistic career was brief, Paddy Jaminji played a crucial role in establishing the credentials of East Kimberley art.  Source: Kim Akerman

The Australian National Portrait Gallery States:Paddy Jaminji (Jampin) (1912-1996), Kija visual artist, spent much of his life in and around his country near Bedford Downs station in WA. A stockman, he was one of the first people to take up residence at Warnum (sic), near Turkey Creek, a settlement that was established as many indigenous pastoral workers lost their jobs in the mid 1970s. In 1977, Jaminji was chiefly responsible for creating the paintings used in the first Kurirr Kurirr (Krill Krill) ceremony, which arose out of a dream by Rover Thomas, to whom he was a classificatory uncle.

Alongside Thomas, he instigated what is now known as the East Kimberly School of painting. He usually painted on board, but sometimes used canvas and made sculptures.


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