Artist: Hector Jandany (Chundaloo)
Area: Warmun East Kimberley, Western Australia
Title: Gardagoon Country
Medium: Ochres on linen
Size: 1000 x 800 mm
Palya Art No. 0310HR
Price AUD $8,800.00
This painting shows country called Gardagoon near Lake Argyle on Texas Downs Station where the artist Hector Jandany – who was born Circa. 1927 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
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