Fitzroy Crossing

WORKS         EXHIBITIONS

 

The small town of Fitzroy Crossing is located on the Fitzroy River, on the southern edge of the Kimberley, in the north of Western Australia. In recent decades it has emerged as one of the most vital and individual of Aboriginal art-centres.

 

The area was once a major livestock hub and a destination for deracinated Aboriginals from across the Great Sandy Desert, abandoning their traditional nomadic existence, and seeking menial work on the local cattle stations. The legacy of that history has enriched the cultural life of the area, bringing together peoples from many different – but related - language-groups (including Walmajarri and Wangkajungka), to join the traditional owners of the land, the Gooniyandi and Bunuba.

 

With the spread of the Desert Painting movement through the Kimberley in the 1980s, art projects were established at Fitzroy Crossing, and the strength and diversity of the region’s aboriginal inheritance found expression in a remarkably strong and varied visual culture. Amongst the significant artists to emerge, during that first wave of creative engagement, were Jimmy Pike, David Downs and Butcher Cherel.  And the richness of that tradition has been sustained.

 

The art of Fitzroy Crossing is unique in its range of styles and techniques – from traditional ‘dot-and-circle’ depictions of the land and its creation stories, to representational images of everyday life in the ‘station days’ and the present.

 

Rebecca Hossack first visited the community in 1987. And the following year she mounted a major exhibition of Fitzroy Crossing work at the gallery in London: Songlines XVII: Mangkaja. Eight of the senior artists came over for the show: Butcher Cherel, Tommy May, Spider Snell, Dolly Snell, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Stumpy Brown and Janet Williams.

 

Besides exploring London, the artists expressed a wish to visit the birthplace of Captain Cook (Whitby, in North Yorkshire) to see, as they put it, ‘where the trouble started.’ They were impressed by the modesty of the tiny two-room cottage where he was born.

 

Since 1988, the gallery has maintained the connection, holding a number of significant exhibitions by Fitzroy Crossing artists including solo shows by Jimmy Pike, Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Butcher Cherel and Mervyn Street.

  • Fitzroy Crossing Works

    • Daisy Andrews, Yitilal, 1998
      Daisy Andrews, Yitilal, 1998
    • Daisy Andrews, After The Wet, 1998
      Daisy Andrews, After The Wet, 1998
    • Daisy Andrews, Untitled, 1998
      Daisy Andrews, Untitled, 1998
    • Daisy Andrews, Lumpu Lumpu, 1995
      Daisy Andrews, Lumpu Lumpu, 1995
    • Daisy Andrews, Untitled, c.1990
      Daisy Andrews, Untitled, c.1990
    • Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Julkurlu, 1997
      Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Julkurlu, 1997
    • Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Untitled, 1997
      Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Untitled, 1997
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Mayi, Boonga, Wanggoo and Gamba, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Mayi, Boonga, Wanggoo and Gamba, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Manoongoo II, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Manoongoo II, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Manyi, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Manyi, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Goonyandi - Desert Country, 1997
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Goonyandi - Desert Country, 1997
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Jilawoona - Willy Willy II, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Jilawoona - Willy Willy II, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Jilawoona - Willy Willy I, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Jilawoona - Willy Willy I, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Galaroo I - Rainbow Serpent, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Galaroo I - Rainbow Serpent, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Fallen Sticks and Leaves, 1995
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Fallen Sticks and Leaves, 1995
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Ward, 1995
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Ward, 1995
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Garringardi - Water Lily, 1995
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Garringardi - Water Lily, 1995
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Corroboree, 1997
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Corroboree, 1997
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Galoroo lll - Rainbow Serpent, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Galoroo lll - Rainbow Serpent, 1998
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mututa, 2004
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mututa, 2004
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, All The Flowers, 2004
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, All The Flowers, 2004
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Wayampajarti, 2005
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Wayampajarti, 2005
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mijartu - Salty Water, 2006
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mijartu - Salty Water, 2006
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 2006
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 2006
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kuralkural Jila, 2006
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kuralkural Jila, 2006
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumu - Soak Water, 2007
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumu - Soak Water, 2007
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kuralkural Jila, 2008
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kuralkural Jila, 2008
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali - One Waterhole, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali - One Waterhole, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali - Two Waterholes, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali - Two Waterholes, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Turtujartiwarnti- Kurrmalyikurrmalyi, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Turtujartiwarnti- Kurrmalyikurrmalyi, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jilji and Partiri, 2010
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jilji and Partiri, 2010
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntiripajarra, 2010
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntiripajarra, 2010
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kurlku - Bush, n.d.
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kurlku - Bush, n.d.
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mawanti, n.d.
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mawanti, n.d.
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mawanti-Jiwari, 2010
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Mawanti-Jiwari, 2010
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumu, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumu, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kurrkunga, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kurrkunga, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kunajarti, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kunajarti, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Murtilyakura, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Murtilyakura, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Yamparna, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Yamparna, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jilji, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jilji, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Nanpajarra, n.d.
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Nanpajarra, n.d.
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jitpari and Wirrikari, n.d.
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jitpari and Wirrikari, n.d.
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Miljili, 2006
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Miljili, 2006
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Murtilyakura, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Murtilyakura, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kunajarti, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kunajarti, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumujarra - Two Waterholes, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jumujarra - Two Waterholes, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntirl Pajarra, 2010
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntirl Pajarra, 2010
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kurrmalyi -Trees and Flowers, n.d
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Kurrmalyi -Trees and Flowers, n.d
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Yamparna Jurtujartiwarnti, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Yamparna Jurtujartiwarnti, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warrngarn, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warrngarn, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1996
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1996
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1997
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1997
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1997
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1997
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1996
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, 1996
    • David Downs, Old Man Kurtal, 1990
      David Downs, Old Man Kurtal, 1990
    • David Downs, Dance - Headdress , c.1987
      David Downs, Dance - Headdress , c.1987
    • David Downs, Moses, c.1988
      David Downs, Moses, c.1988
    • Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1998
      Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1998
    • Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1996
      Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1996
    • Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1996
      Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1996
    • Eddie Green, Jarrampa, Bat, Snake and Turtle, 1995
      Eddie Green, Jarrampa, Bat, Snake and Turtle, 1995
    • Eddie Green, Three Turtles, 1995
      Eddie Green, Three Turtles, 1995
    • April Jones, Bush Tucker, 1998
      April Jones, Bush Tucker, 1998
    • April Jones, Butterfly, 1995
      April Jones, Butterfly, 1995
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Mangjiga, 1996
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Mangjiga, 1996
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Walpapukal - Wind, 1998
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Walpapukal - Wind, 1998
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Two Styles of Headdress, 2008
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Two Styles of Headdress, 2008
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Jilji II, 1997
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Jilji II, 1997
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Pulkarrju, 1997
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Pulkarrju, 1997
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, TNU, 1997
      Ngarralja Tommy May, TNU, 1997
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Walppakal, 1997
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Walppakal, 1997
    • Ngarralja Tommy May, Yurramarral, 1997
      Ngarralja Tommy May, Yurramarral, 1997
    • Doris May, Pulany, 1997
      Doris May, Pulany, 1997
    • Dorothy May, Untitled, 1997
      Dorothy May, Untitled, 1997
    • Dorothy May, Untitled, 1997
      Dorothy May, Untitled, 1997
    • Eva Nargoodah, Crab, 1994
      Eva Nargoodah, Crab, 1994
    • John Nargoodah, Barramundi, 1995
      John Nargoodah, Barramundi, 1995
    • Janyka Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs - Walmajarri, 1997
      Janyka Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs - Walmajarri, 1997
    • Janyka Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs, 1997
      Janyka Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs, 1997
    • Janyka Ivy Nixon, Untitled , 1997
      Janyka Ivy Nixon, Untitled , 1997
    • Janyka Ivy Nixon, Untitled, 1997
      Janyka Ivy Nixon, Untitled, 1997
    • Amy Nuggett, Crocodile, 1995
      Amy Nuggett, Crocodile, 1995
    • Jimmy Pike, Parnaparnti and Kurntimaru I - Yellow Goanna and Black Goanna, 1990
      Jimmy Pike, Parnaparnti and Kurntimaru I - Yellow Goanna and Black Goanna, 1990
    • Jimmy Pike, Parnaparnti and Kurntimaru II - Yellow Goanna and Black Goanna, 1990
      Jimmy Pike, Parnaparnti and Kurntimaru II - Yellow Goanna and Black Goanna, 1990
    • Jimmy Pike, Partiri - Jilgikarraji, 1990
      Jimmy Pike, Partiri - Jilgikarraji, 1990
    • Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu I, 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu I, 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Katakarri, 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Katakarri, 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Body Painting, 2001
      Jimmy Pike, Body Painting, 2001
    • Jimmy Pike, Body Painting, 2001
      Jimmy Pike, Body Painting, 2001
    • Jimmy Pike, Japingka Map II, 2001
      Jimmy Pike, Japingka Map II, 2001
    • Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, 2001
      Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, 2001
    • Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta, 2002
      Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta, 2002
    • Jimmy Pike, Japingka Jila, 2002
      Jimmy Pike, Japingka Jila, 2002
    • Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu II, 2002
      Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu II, 2002
    • Jimmy Pike, Woman and Her Two Sons, 2002
      Jimmy Pike, Woman and Her Two Sons, 2002
    • Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, c. 1990
      Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, c. 1990
    • Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, c. 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, c. 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Japingka - My Country, c. 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Japingka - My Country, c. 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Two Men Fighting, c. 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Two Men Fighting, c. 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, c. 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Kalpurtu, c. 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Untitled , n.d.
      Jimmy Pike, Untitled , n.d.
    • Jimmy Pike, Kartiya Boat, c.1995
      Jimmy Pike, Kartiya Boat, c.1995
    • Jimmy Pike, Jila Japingka IV, c. 1995
      Jimmy Pike, Jila Japingka IV, c. 1995
    • Jimmy Pike, Larripuka II, 1996
      Jimmy Pike, Larripuka II, 1996
    • Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta III, n.d.
      Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta III, n.d.
    • Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta II, 1999
      Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta II, 1999
    • Jimmy Pike, Jarlujangka Wangki, 1998
      Jimmy Pike, Jarlujangka Wangki, 1998
    • Jimmy Pike, Desert Rockhole, 1998
      Jimmy Pike, Desert Rockhole, 1998
    • Jimmy Pike, Desert Rockhole, 1998
      Jimmy Pike, Desert Rockhole, 1998
    • Jimmy Pike , Wuntarra Karraji
      Jimmy Pike , Wuntarra Karraji
    • Jimmy Pike, Two Karnanganyja — Two Emus, 1989
      Jimmy Pike, Two Karnanganyja — Two Emus, 1989
    • Jimmy Pike, Two Girls, c.1995
      Jimmy Pike, Two Girls, c.1995
    • Jimmy Pike, Billabong, 1999
      Jimmy Pike, Billabong, 1999
    • Nada Rawlins, Untitled, 1995
      Nada Rawlins, Untitled, 1995
    • Janijin Shorty Sweeney Nipper Rogers, Watering the Cattle, 1998
      Janijin Shorty Sweeney Nipper Rogers, Watering the Cattle, 1998
    • Janijin Shorty Sweeney Nipper Rogers, Yawarta, 1995
      Janijin Shorty Sweeney Nipper Rogers, Yawarta, 1995
    • Walka Molly Rogers, Untitled, 1998
      Walka Molly Rogers, Untitled, 1998
    • Walka Molly Rogers, Untitled , 1996
      Walka Molly Rogers, Untitled , 1996
    • Pijaji Peter Skipper, Winyimpu, 1993
      Pijaji Peter Skipper, Winyimpu, 1993
    • Pijaji Peter Skipper, Jila Japingka, 1995
      Pijaji Peter Skipper, Jila Japingka, 1995
    • Pijaji Peter Skipper, Tinyjil and Turtujarti, 1995
      Pijaji Peter Skipper, Tinyjil and Turtujarti, 1995
    • Nyilpirr Spider Snell, Yarpurnu, 1996
      Nyilpirr Spider Snell, Yarpurnu, 1996
    • Nyilpirr Spider Snell, Yurrumaral, 1996
      Nyilpirr Spider Snell, Yurrumaral, 1996
    • Mervyn Street, Mustering Days, 2010
      Mervyn Street, Mustering Days, 2010
    • Mervyn Street, Painting Rocks Story, 2010
      Mervyn Street, Painting Rocks Story, 2010
    • Mervyn Street, Balmoongoo Country 2, 2013
      Mervyn Street, Balmoongoo Country 2, 2013
    • Mervyn Street, Droving Cold Weather Time, 2015
      Mervyn Street, Droving Cold Weather Time, 2015
    • Mervyn Street, Droving Time, 2015
      Mervyn Street, Droving Time, 2015
    • Mervyn Street, Animal Tracks, 1995
      Mervyn Street, Animal Tracks, 1995
    • Mervyn Street, Boomerang and Spear, 1995
      Mervyn Street, Boomerang and Spear, 1995
    • Mervyn Street, Minaroro - Margaret River, 1995
      Mervyn Street, Minaroro - Margaret River, 1995
    • Mervyn Street, Special Stone, 1995
      Mervyn Street, Special Stone, 1995
    • Mervyn Street, Penbono, c.1997
      Mervyn Street, Penbono, c.1997
    • Mervyn Street, Paper Bark House, c.1997
      Mervyn Street, Paper Bark House, c.1997
    • Mervyn Street, Chewnkey, 2006
      Mervyn Street, Chewnkey, 2006
    • Wakartu Cory Surprise, Untitled, 1996
      Wakartu Cory Surprise, Untitled, 1996
    • Wakartu Cory Surprise, Pirnti, 1998
      Wakartu Cory Surprise, Pirnti, 1998
    • Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Jupurr, 1998
      Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Jupurr, 1998
    • Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Untitled, 1996
      Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Untitled, 1996
    • Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Untitled, 1996
      Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Untitled, 1996
    • Jinny James Yilpara, Walmajarri, 1998
      Jinny James Yilpara, Walmajarri, 1998