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b. 1935 - d. 2020

Rusty Peters was born at Springvale Station in the East Kimberley, Western Australia in 1935. Rusty grew up on the station and became a stockman on Springvale, which features heavily in the content of many of his works. The family relocated to Mabel Downs Station after his father was lost in a riding accident, and Rusty continued as a stockman and valued horse-breaker. The family then moved to the fledgling Turkey Creek Community (now Warmun) where Rusty took his place with the Kitja Elders in passing on the culture to the young boys. He worked with Hector Jandany and George Mung Mung who along with Jack Britten and Paddy Jampinji were to become the First Generation Ochre artists, all of whom are now deceased.

In 1989 he moved to Kununurra and worked at Waringarri Aboriginal Art Centre, the first in the East Kimberley area. He assisted artists, in particular Rover Thomas (dcsd.) and learned the many facets of the art trade whilst painting occasionally. He participated in printmaking workshops with Waringarri. He commenced painting seriously in 1997 with Freddie Timms and Paddy Bedford. His intimate knowledge of the country from his background on stations and the associated Dreaming Stories now form the basis of his very distinctive works, depicting a sparse mapping style and grass routes ?bones of the earth’ iconography.

Rusty has the most interesting face, weathered by the rugged Kimberley conditions and perhaps by life itself. The very well known artist Nicholas Harding who has been an Archibald finalist every year since 1994 and won the Archibald Prize in 2001 with a painting of actor John Bell, in 2002 and 2004 submitted portraits of Rusty for this prestigious Award.

His dry sense of humour and casual style of speaking is legendary – in 2005 whilst attending an Exhibition at Parliament House in Canberra, in reply to political remarks such as (Aboriginal Art) is our most profound, significant and important cultural export. I don’t think there’s any question about that” Rusty merely commented “I’m just proud of what we’ve done?.

Rusty Peters is an established high profile International Aboriginal Artist, with works in many major Collections and Museums around the world.

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      • RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Walu (My Father's Birth Place) 1998 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer pai...
        Mar. 19, 2024

        RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Walu (My Father's Birth Place) 1998 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer pai...

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Walu (My Father's Birth Place) 1998 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen inscribed verso with title and Jirrawun Arts cat.no. R.P.798.01 122 x 136cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia William Mora Galleries, Melbourne (stamp verso) The Collection of William Mora Galleries, Melbourne OTHER NOTES: © Rusty Peters/Copyright Agency, 2024

        Leonard Joel
      • RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gidja) The Lost Boy Story 1999 natural earth pigments on linen 120 x 160cm
        Mar. 19, 2024

        RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gidja) The Lost Boy Story 1999 natural earth pigments on linen 120 x 160cm

        Est: $7,000 - $9,000

        RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gidja) The Lost Boy Story 1999 natural earth pigments on linen inscribed on stretcher bar verso with artist's name, title date and Jirrawun Arts cat. no. RP99.34 120 x 160cm PROVENANCE: The Artist Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia William Mora Galleries, Melbourne (stamp on stretcher bar verso) Private collection, Melbourne EXHIBITIONS: Kimberley Stories, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, 1999, cat. no. 9 OTHER NOTES: © Rusy Peters/Copyright Agency 2024

        Leonard Joel
      • RUSTY PETERS (c.1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Grandfather's Tree 2002 natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on linen, dipt...
        Mar. 19, 2024

        RUSTY PETERS (c.1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Grandfather's Tree 2002 natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on linen, dipt...

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        RUSTY PETERS (c.1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Grandfather's Tree 2002 natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on linen, diptych each inscribed verso with artist's name, title, date, and Jirrawun Arts cat. no. RP32002.62 122 x 270cm (overall); 122 x 135cm (each) PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia The Collection of William Mora Galleries, Melbourne EXHIBITIONS: Rusty Peters - Recent Paintings, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, 12 - 20 March, 2002, cat. no. 8 OTHER NOTES: © Rusty Peters/Copyright Agency, 2024 This picture shows part of my country at Springvale Station. It is my mother's father's place. This is the place where he used to sit in the shade near the river beside a white gum tree. This picture shows part of my country at Springvale Station. It is my mother's father's place. This is the place where he used to sit in the shade near the river beside a white gum tree. Ngenayindi-ningi jarrak wanemayinde-ngirri. Gijam jarrak wanemayin-ngirri. Bal wanemayinde-ngirri thuwuthum-burru. "Berrema marnum benemurlunnha-ngerruwa." Bina ngenanyji-ngu warnawarnarram burrunbu-ngarri ngarrgalem. "Jarrak-karri yarrurn berrem marnum garawanyji junbumurlunnha-ngarri nyingiyanggurrum. Bal berne-birri berrem -manum-yuwurru Gijam." I used to go to him and he used to talk to me. He talked to me in Gija language. He told me about everything. "You remember my words. I am teaching you about all the old places here. These stories we tell you should keep in your mind for later so that you can tell people our Gija ways".

        Leonard Joel
      • RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Rock Wallaby 1999 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen 80 x 1...
        Mar. 19, 2024

        RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Rock Wallaby 1999 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen 80 x 1...

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RUSTY PETERS (1935-2020) (Language group: Gija) Rock Wallaby 1999 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on linen artist's name, title and Jirrawun Arts cat.no. RP99.17 inscribed on stretcher bar verso 80 x 100cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia William Mora Galleries, Melbourne (stamp verso on stretcher bar) The Collection of William Mora Galleries, Melbourne OTHER NOTES: © Rusy Peters/Copyright Agency 2024

        Leonard Joel
      • Rusty Peters (Australia, b. 1935 - 2020) Natural Ochre on Canvas Painting
        Oct. 10, 2023

        Rusty Peters (Australia, b. 1935 - 2020) Natural Ochre on Canvas Painting

        Est: $200 - $2,000

        DESCRIPTION: Rusty Peters (Australia, b. 1935-2020) Aboriginal, Natural ochre on Belgian linen painting featuring abstract grey, black, white and rust pigments, signed at verso: "R.P. 2008, Rusty Peters, Untitled" Label affixed to verso: "Gabrielle Pizzi Gallery, Melbourne 3000 Australia" CIRCA: 2008 ORIGIN: Australia DIMENSIONS: H: 48.25" x L: 53" - CONDITION: Minor dent to canvas. See lot description for details on item condition. More detailed condition requests can be obtained upon sms or email.

        Akiba Galleries
      • Rusty Peters (born circa 1935) Water Python and King Brown, 2005
        Apr. 04, 2023

        Rusty Peters (born circa 1935) Water Python and King Brown, 2005

        Est: $7,000 - $10,000

        Rusty Peters (born circa 1935) Water Python and King Brown, 2005 signed verso: 'RUSTY PETERS' inscribed verso: 'Jirrawun Arts / Water Python and King Brown / RP 11 2005 - 120' natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on linen 150.0 x 180.0cm (59 1/16 x 70 7/8in).

        Bonhams
      • RUSTY PETERS (born c.1935) (Gija Language Group) Secret Place 2015 natural ochre and pigments on board
        Aug. 22, 2022

        RUSTY PETERS (born c.1935) (Gija Language Group) Secret Place 2015 natural ochre and pigments on board

        Est: $4,500 - $6,500

        RUSTY PETERS (born c.1935) (Gija Language Group) Secret Place 2015 natural ochre and pigments on board inscribed verso with artist's name, title and Jirrawun Arts cat. no. RP200812165CB 80 x 100cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia Short St. Gallery, Broome Private collection, Melbourne

        Leonard Joel
      • RUSTY PETERS (1934-2020) (Gija Language Group) Nganjiwoorrang - The Shy Bird 2004 synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments...
        Aug. 22, 2022

        RUSTY PETERS (1934-2020) (Gija Language Group) Nganjiwoorrang - The Shy Bird 2004 synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments...

        Est: $5,000 - $7,000

        RUSTY PETERS (1934-2020) (Gija Language Group) Nganjiwoorrang - The Shy Bird 2004 synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments on linen inscribed verso with artist's name, title and Jirrawun Arts cat. no. RP4-2004-104 122 x 135cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia William Mora Galleries, Melbourne (stamp verso) Private collection, Queensland

        Leonard Joel
      • PETERS Rusty (Aboriginal 1935-2020), 'Warrarnany - Eagle Dreaming,' 2004., Acrylic on Linen, 122x135cm
        May. 22, 2022

        PETERS Rusty (Aboriginal 1935-2020), 'Warrarnany - Eagle Dreaming,' 2004., Acrylic on Linen, 122x135cm

        Est: $3,000 - $5,000

        PETERS, Rusty (Aboriginal 1935-2020) 'Warrarnany - Eagle Dreaming,' 2004. Signed & inscribed verso. Provenance: Jirrawun Arts, cat #RP3-2004-93; William Mora Galleries (stamp verso). Information sheets available. Acrylic on Linen 122x135cm

        Davidson Auctions
      • RUSTY PETERS - Witchetty Grub Dreaming
        May. 15, 2022

        RUSTY PETERS - Witchetty Grub Dreaming

        Est: $1,400 - $1,800

        RUSTY PETERS (Australian, 1935-2020) "Witchetty Grub Dreaming" - Acrylic and pigment on canvas. Signed verso, titled on label verso, inscribed verso 'Springvale Station - place where the witchetty grub comes out of the ground after the first rain every year.' Inscribed 'Warringarri Aboriginal Arts' verso. Creative Native Aboriginal Art Gallery (Perth, Australia) certificate of authenticity attached verso. Unframed. 24 x 32 inches.

        Saskatchewan Network for Art Collecting
      • RUSTY PETERS (born c.1935) My Father's Country 2008 natural ochres with synthetic polymer binder on Belgian linen
        Mar. 22, 2022

        RUSTY PETERS (born c.1935) My Father's Country 2008 natural ochres with synthetic polymer binder on Belgian linen

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RUSTY PETERS (born c.1935) My Father's Country 2008 natural ochres with synthetic polymer binder on Belgian linen inscribed verso with artist's name, title, date and Jirrawun Arts cat. no. RP 2008 04 132 120 x 120cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Western Australia (accompanied by a copy of the certificate of authenticity) Raft Artspace, Northern Territory Private collection, Melbourne OTHER NOTES:  © Rusty Peters/Copyright Agency 2022

        Leonard Joel
      • RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"
        Jan. 09, 2022

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"

        Est: -

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale" Limited edition silkscreen. PM 103, State 1, 16/33. Artwork is signed and framed Image: 35cm x 44cm, Frame: 59cm x 67cm

        Ozbid Auctions
      • RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"
        Jul. 25, 2021

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"

        Est: -

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale" Limtied edition silkscreen. PM 103, State 1, 16/33. Artwork is signed and framed Image: 35cm x 44cm, Frame: 59cm x 67cm

        Ozbid Auctions
      • Rusty Peters. Gija/Joowooroo. My Country, Springvale Station. Ochres on Can
        Jul. 25, 2021

        Rusty Peters. Gija/Joowooroo. My Country, Springvale Station. Ochres on Can

        Est: $16,000 - $25,000

        Rusty Peters. Gija/Joowooroo. Born circa 1935. My Country, Springvale Station. Ochres on Canvas. 100 x 140. $16,000 - $25,000

        Christian McCann Auctions
      • RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"
        Sep. 27, 2020

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"

        Est: -

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale" Limtied edition silkscreen. PM 103, State 1, 16/33. Artwork is signed and framed Image: 35cm x 44cm, Frame: 59cm x 67cm

        Ozbid Auctions
      • RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"
        Aug. 23, 2020

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale"

        Est: -

        RUSTY PETERS "Woothan Country on Springvale" Limtied edition silkscreen. PM 103, State 1, 16/33. Artwork is signed and framed Image: 35cm x 44cm, Frame: 59cm x 67cm

        Ozbid Auctions
      • Peters, Rusty Rock Pigeon natural earth pigments on canvas 90 x 120 cm 2007
        Apr. 21, 2020

        Peters, Rusty Rock Pigeon natural earth pigments on canvas 90 x 120 cm 2007

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        This country here is about 20 miles from Springvale, my country. All around here, there are witchetty grubs in the white trees. They come out from the ground and into those trees. Well, long time ago a big wind came up - enough to blow you away - in the Dreamtime you know. And those witchetty grubs fell in the water and went right upstream. They fell in big time and couldn't get out. Pretty dangerous country around here - all that water and sink holes and sometimes that wind comes up just like in the Dreamtime. A man has to be careful - don't want to be like those witchetty grubs. Don't want to be wasted away. And all around here are Rock Pigeons - they're black and they come out at night time. They're different from the grey ones you know - they're around during the day. Everything is this part of the country is just different. Artlandish Gallery, WA Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW accompanied by a Artlandish Gallery certificate

        Cooee Art
      • Rover Thomas (c1926 - 1998) & Rusty Peters (1935 - ) - Bamarr, near Looma; Dreaming place for Blue Tongue Lizard, 1992 120 x 90 cm (...
        Mar. 19, 2020

        Rover Thomas (c1926 - 1998) & Rusty Peters (1935 - ) - Bamarr, near Looma; Dreaming place for Blue Tongue Lizard, 1992 120 x 90 cm (...

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        Rover Thomas (c1926 - 1998) & Rusty Peters (1935 - ) Bamarr, near Looma; Dreaming place for Blue Tongue Lizard, 1992 natural earth pigments on canvas 120 x 90 cm ( framed and ready to hang) Certificate of Authenticity Warringarri Aboriginal Art Reference No AP3702

        Lawsons
      • RUSTY PETERS, born 1935, SUGAR LEAF DREAMING, 2008, ochres and pigment with synthetic binder on Belgian linen
        Mar. 18, 2020

        RUSTY PETERS, born 1935, SUGAR LEAF DREAMING, 2008, ochres and pigment with synthetic binder on Belgian linen

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        RUSTY PETERS born 1935 SUGAR LEAF DREAMING, 2008 ochres and pigment with synthetic binder on Belgian linen SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist’s name, title and Jirrawun Arts cat. RP 2008 04139 DIMENSIONS: 120.0 x 120.0 cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Art Corporation, Wyndham, Western Australia Helene Teichmann collection, Melbourne EXHIBITED: Looking Forward – Looking Back: Contemporary Works from the East Kimberley, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales, 12 October – 9 December 2018 (illus. in exhibition catalogue, p. 23)

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • Rusty Peters (b. 1935)
        Oct. 29, 2019

        Rusty Peters (b. 1935)

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        Bittern, Fire & Grasshopper Dreaming, 1999 ochres and acrylics on linen, inscribed verso 'Cat No. RP999.36'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • Rusty Peters (b. 1935)
        Oct. 29, 2019

        Rusty Peters (b. 1935)

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        Untitled, 1998 ochres on canvas, inscribed verso 'Rusty Peters, Jirrawun Arts Cat No. RP7983, Rusty Peters, 1998'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • Rusty Peters (b. 1935)
        Oct. 29, 2019

        Rusty Peters (b. 1935)

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        Untitled, 1998 ochres on canvas, inscribed verso 'Rusty Peters, Jirrawun Arts Cat No. RP7982, Rusty Peters, 1998'

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      •  Rusty Peters (c.1935-) Rock Pigeon 2007
        Jun. 04, 2019

         Rusty Peters (c.1935-) Rock Pigeon 2007

        Est: $4,000 - $6,000

        Rusty Peters began to painting on canvas in 1997 after a lifetime working on the cattle stations across the Kimberley and far north. His works are replete with detailed knowledge of the land and stories from Springvale Station and the neighbouring Moola Boola Station where he spent his youth. While recognisably part of the 'Warmun style', his works are intricate maps of his country and its dark caves and rivers. In this painting Peters depicts country about 20 miles from Springvale. All around this region, witchetty grubs come out from the ground and make their home in the white trees. The Dreamtime story tells how, a long time ago, a strong wind blew the witchetty grubs into the water and they were washed upstream. The artist relates: 'Pretty dangerous country around here - all that water and sink holes and sometimes that wind comes up just like in the Dreamtime. A man has to be careful - don't want to be like those witchetty grubs. Don't want to be washed away. All around here are Rock Pigeons - they're black and they come out at night time. They're different from the grey ones you know - they're around during the day. Everything in this part of the country is just different.'

        Cooee Art
      • RUSTY PETERS, born 1935, GARNDIWARL COUNTRY, 2003, ochres and pigment with acrylic binder on linen
        Apr. 05, 2017

        RUSTY PETERS, born 1935, GARNDIWARL COUNTRY, 2003, ochres and pigment with acrylic binder on linen

        Est: $2,500 - $3,500

        RUSTY PETERS, born 1935, GARNDIWARL COUNTRY, 2003, ochres and pigment with acrylic binder on linen SIGNED: bears inscription verso: artist’s name, title and Jirrawun Arts cat. RP 8 2003-91 DIMENSIONS: 122.0 x 135.0 cm PROVENANCE: Jirrawun Arts, Kununurra Raft Artspace, Darwin The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Sydney, acquired from the above in August 2003 LITERATURE: Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities: The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne, 2008, p. 240 (illus.) Beyond Sacred: Recent Painting from Australia’s Remote Aboriginal Communities: The Collection of Colin and Elizabeth Laverty, edition II, Kleimeyer Industries Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 2011, p. 267 (illus.)

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • Mulgra (Mawukura) Jimmy Nerrimah (b. c. 1930)
        Apr. 02, 2014

        Mulgra (Mawukura) Jimmy Nerrimah (b. c. 1930)

        Est: $600 - $800

        Mulgra (Mawukura) Jimmy Nerrimah (b. c. 1930) Walypa Jila, 1999

        Shapiro Auctioneers
      • RUSTY PETERS (BORN CIRCA 1935) Eagle and Hawk, Goanna Springs 2009 earth pigments on canvas
        Sep. 23, 2012

        RUSTY PETERS (BORN CIRCA 1935) Eagle and Hawk, Goanna Springs 2009 earth pigments on canvas

        Est: $1,000 - $2,000

        RUSTY PETERS (BORN CIRCA 1935) Eagle and Hawk, Goanna Springs 2009 earth pigments on canvas inscribed with artist's name and Artlandish Gallery cat no. '12091/08' verso 90 x 120.5cm OTHER NOTES Accompanied by certificate of authenticity from Artlandish Aboriginal Art Gallery, WA

        Leonard Joel
      • Rusty Peters (born circa 1935)
        May. 28, 2012

        Rusty Peters (born circa 1935)

        Est: £8,000 - £12,000

        Jungurra and Jambin (Water Python and King Brown) bears artist's name and William Mora Galleries stamp on the reverse of the stretcher and the other bears Jirrawun Aboriginal Art catalogue number RP 3 2002.61 on the reverse synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments on canvas overall: 150 x 360cm (2 panels)

        Bonhams
      • RUSTY PETERS BORN CIRCA 1935 TAWNY FROGMOUTH AND OWL
        Nov. 24, 2009

        RUSTY PETERS BORN CIRCA 1935 TAWNY FROGMOUTH AND OWL

        Est: $6,000 - $8,000

        signed Rusty Peters and bears Jirrawun Arts number RP82002-65 on the reverse

        Sotheby's
      • RUSTY PETERS BORN CIRCA 1935 JIRRAGEN-THE PLACE OF THE FROG
        Nov. 24, 2009

        RUSTY PETERS BORN CIRCA 1935 JIRRAGEN-THE PLACE OF THE FROG

        Est: $10,000 - $15,000

        signed Rusty Peters and bears artist's name and Jirrawun Arts number RP82002/76 on the reverse

        Sotheby's
      • RUSTY PETERS Jungura And Jambin, 2002 natural
        Oct. 14, 2009

        RUSTY PETERS Jungura And Jambin, 2002 natural

        Est: $18,000 - $25,000

        RUSTY PETERS Jungura And Jambin, 2002 natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on linen 150.0 x 180.0 cm each, 150.0 x 360.0 cm overall

        Deutscher and Hackett
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