Billy Thomas Joongoorra "Waringarri" 100 x 80 cms


100 x 80 cms Acrylics and Ochres on Cotton Duck Canvas

 Billy (c.1920 – 2012) began painting for Waringarri Arts in Kununurra in 1995. He was already in his seventies and like his friend and fellow artist Rover Thomas had spent his youthful years droving cattle on the Canning Stock Route, deep in the remote desert regions of Western Australia. He knew his country intimately and never ceased his ceremonial immersion and involvement within it. He was revered as a senior lawman and healer, custodian of secret initiation rites and ceremonial songlines. His paintings are held in state and private collections worldwide, 

Australian National Maritime Museum, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Australian National Gallery, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Kerry Stokes Collection, Mary M'acha Collection
Australian Capital Equity, Perth, Wesfarmers Collection, Perth
Edith Cowan University, Perth
Private Collections in Australia, Japan, Germany, USA, Belgium and France

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