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Queenie Mckenzie (1915-1998)

Aliases: Queenie Mackenzie; Queenie Mackenzie Nakamarra; Queenie Mackenzie Nakarra

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  • [ AUSTRALIAN / ABORIGINAL ART ] QUEENIE MCKENZIE NAKARRA (CIRCA 1930 - 1998) Wooroiwoordi, Hills at Texas Downs, 1995 natural earth pigments with fixative on linen 122 x 232 cm E70000-90000 Provenance: Private Collection, Victoria. Tineriba Fine

  • QUEENIE MCKENZIE NAKARRA (CIRCA 1930 - 1998) - Road to Texas Station 1995 E50 000-70 000

  • QUEENIE MCKENZIE NAKARRA Wirdim And Doolngayim

  • QUEENIE McKENZIE (NAKARRA) , CIRCA 1930-1998 YOORLGOOBAN COUNTRY Natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on canvas

Queenie Mckenzie Biography

Queenie McKenzie (1915- 1998) was born at Old Texas Downs Station on the Ord River, to the south-east of Turkey Creek. She grew up among Gija people and speaks Gija as her first language. Queenie was the first women painter to gain prominence in the East Kimberley school of painting. A close and long-time friend of reknown Aboriginal artist Rover Thomas, she worked with him on the Texan Downs cattle station.

As a young woman, McKenzie was a camp cook for the stockmen on the cattle station. She fondly remembered an incident that occurred about 1954, when she saved Rover’s life. He had been thrown from a horse and had scalped himself. She sewed his scalp back on so expertly that, even though she had never done such a thing before, doctors were later amazed. In time the incident became the subject of a number of her paintings. Queenie and her husband moved to Warmun in the 1970’s. Although never having children of her own she nevertheless ‘grew up’ lots of other children, whose mothers were unable to look after them.

When Rover Thomas began painting for the public domain, his work inspired Queenie McKenzie to take up painting herself. She preferred using natural pigments and included distinctive powdery pink and pale violet colours made from ochres that she mined herself. As she said, these colours appealed to her sense of beauty. In her compositions, she usually placed images of geographic features in rows against monochrome grounds. Queenie passed away in November 1998, less than a month after she had been awarded the rare honour of being appointed as an official “Living Treasure”.

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  • [ Aboriginal Fine Art ] QUEENIE MCKENZIE NAKARRA (CIRCA 1930 - 1998) Limestone Hills, Texas, 1994, Queenie Mckenzie, Click for value View Details
  • QUEENIE McKENZIE NAKARRA (CIRCA 1930-1998), Queenie Mckenzie, Click for value View Details
  • c - QUEENIE MCKENZIE (NAKARRA), Queenie Mckenzie, Click for value View Details
  • QUEENIE MCKENZIE (NAKARRA) CIRCA 1930-1998 YHUNHUD 1994 92 by 163 cm Natural earth pigments on canvas Bears Warmun Aboriginal Corporation catalogue number Q.M.26/94 on the reverse Provenance: Painted in Warmun (Turkey Creek) in 1994 Private, Queenie Mckenzie, Click for value View Details
  • QUEENIE MCKENZIE (NAKARRA) CIRCA 1930-1998 UNTITLED (GIJA COUNTRY) C.1991, Queenie Mckenzie, Click for value View Details
  • QUEENIE MCKENZIE CIRCA 1930-1998 TOOMERINJI 1996, Queenie Mckenzie, Click for value View Details

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