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Lot 367: Queenie McKenzie 1995 Old Texas Downs natural earth pigments and natural binders on canvas

Fine Aboriginal & Ethnographic Art

by Theodore Bruce

December 11, 2016

Ashfield, Australia

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Description: Queenie McKenzie
1995
Old Texas Downs
natural earth pigments and natural binders on canvas

90 x 120 cm

PROVENANCE:
Halls Creek Arts Centre, WA Private Collection Cooee Aboriginal Art, Sydney, NSW Nancy Sever Gallery, ACT

EXHIBITIONS:
Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra, June 2014


OTHER NOTES:
This painting depicts the Texas Downs Station, east of Warmun strongly connected to the artist''s early life: "I bin born Old Texas, dat called Salt Pan country. Salt water you gotta drinkim''. No more goodfella water, all salt – bitter. I bin born la dat country."
Queenie spent her childhood and much of her adult life working as a goat herder and later as a cook in the mustering camps of Texas Downs. Cattle were mustered at the station and driven across to the abattoirs at Wyndham. The hills of Old Texas are a good place to collect the white quartz used for spearheads, "Dat white stone from the hill, they break ''im up for spear. Good spear dat one." Queenie spent her childhood and much of her adult life working as a goat herder and, later, as a cook in the mustering camps of Texas Downs. Cattle was mustered at the station and driven across to the abattoirs at Wyndham. The hills of Old Texas are a good place to collect the white quartz used for spearheads. ''Dat white stone from the hill, they break ''im up for spear. Good spear dat one.''

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