Important Australian Indigenous Art
22 March 2023


born c.1935

ochres and pigments with synthetic binder on custom board

80.0 x 100.0 cm

signed with initials verso: RR
bears inscription verso: artist's name and Jirrawun Arts cat. RR 2008 04 175 CB

$5,000 – $7,000
Sold for $7,977 (inc. BP) in Auction 73 - 22 March 2023, Melbourne

Jirrawun Arts, Wyndham, Western Australia
Raft Artspace, Darwin
The Laverty Collection, Sydney acquired from the above in August 2008


Jirrawun Colour. Rammey Ramsey & Freddie Timms, Raft Artspace, Darwin, in partnership with Jirrawun Arts, 16 August - 6 September 2008


Beyond Sacred: Australian Aboriginal Art: The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, edition II, Kleimeyer Industries Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 2011, pp. 258 (illus.), 394

Catalogue text

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Jirrawun Arts which states:

‘This is Warlawoon country, my country, that I painted here. When the strong wind comes blowing from the east it throws dust everywhere. The dust floats when the wind blows from the east. People used to walk along in the hot sun long ago. When they had been walking in the hot sun, never mind, they would bathe in the water and start off again in the cool time of the day.

It is a place for the rainbow snake, the dangerous one. In olden days just anyone could not go there. In early days if strange people went there the people who belonged there had to perform a welcoming ceremony, putting water from the country on them (the strangers). Lots of people would come to dance Joonba style song and dance. Then they would split up and leave. Those two (my parents) used to go around there. They lived there."