DILA (SUN), 1995

Important Aboriginal Art
25 March 2009


(c.1926 - 1998)
DILA (SUN), 1995

natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on canvas

60.5 x 76.0 cm

signed verso together with date, title, size and Warmun Traditional Artists catalogue number RT0165

$12,000 - 18,000
Sold for $21,000 (inc. BP) in Auction 7 - 25 March 2009, Melbourne

Warmun Traditional Artists, Turkey Creek (stamped verso)
Private collection, Melbourne

Catalogue text

The accompanying Warmun Tradiional Artists certificate reads; ‘Rover was born in the desert on the Canning Stock Route, at a place called “Thirty Three Wells”, near the community of Kunawaratji, where as a young boy, he hunted and gathered the desert food with his father and family. “Gudiyas” (white men, usually drovers) would “take” young boys for work on Kimberley cattle stations, Rover was one of these boys, taken first to Bililuna, by the drover Wally Dowelling, where he learnt about fencing and droving, and then he went to Texas Downs Station in the Kimberley's where he underwent tribal initiation and was accepted as one of the Kija people of “Warramun” (Warmun).’