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'Yimardoowarra: Artist of the river' at Kluge-Ruhe Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, May - August 2016

'Yimardoowarra: Artist of the river' is a solo exhibition of leading Western Australian artist and Aboriginal elder Loongkoonan. Aged 95 when she began painting in 2004, a selection of Loongkoonan's works from the last decade are on display, capturing the Fitzroy River country of the Nyikina people of the central western Kimberley region.

Loongkoonan was born around 1910 at Mount Anderson Station near the Fitzroy River. She is a senior elder of the Nyikina people of the central western Kimberley region in Western Australia, and the custodian of an expanse of traditional language and Law. In 2004 Loongkoonan began painting through the arts workshop Manambarra Aboriginal Artists in Derby, Western Australia. Her shimmering depictions of bush tucker and Fitzroy River country received immediate acclaim, being exhibited in every state and territory of Australia. Her work has been influential in inspiring a new generation of Nyikina artists. In 2006 Loongkoonan was awarded first prize in the Redlands Art Award, and in 2007 she was awarded the Indigenous award at the Drawing Together Art Awards at the National Archives of Australia. Her works are held in the collections of Australian Parliament House, Art Gallery of Western Australia, the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia, Macquarie University and the Department of Indigenous Affairs in Canberra.

Photographer Diane Mossenson

 

Yimadoowarra is curated by Henry F. Skerritt and organized by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia and the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC.

Image credit: Loongkoonan (c.1910),
Bush Tucker in Nyikina Country 2006, acrylic on canvas, Collection of Diane and Dan Mossenson, Perth, Western Australia
© the Artist, courtesy of Mossenson Galleries

                                                                                   

Image credit: Loongkoonan (c.1910),

Bush Tucker in Nyikina Country 2007, acrylic on canvas, Collection of Diane and Dan Mossenson, Perth, Western Australia

© the Artist, courtesy of Mossenson Galleries

Image credit: Loongkoonan (c.1910),

Bush Tucker 2005, acrylic on canvas,

Collection of Diane and Dan Mossenson, Perth, Western Australia

© the Artist, courtesy of Mossenson Galleries

 
 

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