Fitzroy Crossing

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 Artworks

    • Daisy Andrews, Untitled, 1998
      Daisy Andrews, Untitled, 1998
    • Daisy Andrews, Lumbu Lumbu, 1995
      Daisy Andrews, Lumbu Lumbu, 1995
    • Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Julkurlu, 1997
      Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Julkurlu, 1997
    • Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Untitled, 1997
      Nyuju Stumpy Brown, Untitled, 1997
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Goonyandi, 1997
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Goonyandi, 1997
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Manoongoo II, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Manoongoo II, 1998
    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Mayi, Boonga, Wanggoo and Gamba, 1998
      Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Mayi, Boonga, Wanggoo and Gamba, 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, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Koorali, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Turtujartiwarnti- Kurrmalyikurrmalyi, 2009
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Turtujartiwarnti- Kurrmalyikurrmalyi, 2009
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jilji + Partiri, 2010
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Jilji + Partiri, 2010
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntiripajarra, 2010
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Warntiripajarra, 2010
    • 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, Murtilyakura, 2011
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Murtilyakura, 2011
    • Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, c. 2000
      Jukuna Mona Chuguna, Untitled, c. 2000
    • David Downs, Old Man Kurtal, 1990
      David Downs, Old Man Kurtal, 1990
    • David Downs, Self Portrait: Dream Resolution of the Three Lights into One, 1993
      David Downs, Self Portrait: Dream Resolution of the Three Lights into One, 1993
    • David Downs, Dance, c.1987
      David Downs, Dance, c.1987
    • Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1998
      Maryanne Downs, Untitled, 1998
    • Eddie Green, Jarrampa, Bat, Snake and Turtle, 1995
      Eddie Green, Jarrampa, Bat, Snake and Turtle, 1995
    • April Jones, Bush Tucker, 1998
      April Jones, Bush Tucker, 1998
    • April Jones, Butterfly, 1995
      April Jones, Butterfly, 1995
    • Tommy May, Mangjiga, 1996
      Tommy May, Mangjiga, 1996
    • Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
      Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
    • Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
      Tommy May, Untitled, 2016
    • Tommy May, Walpapukal, 1998
      Tommy May, Walpapukal, 1998
    • Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
      Tommy May, Untitled, n.d.
    • Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs - Walmajarri, 1997
      Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs - Walmajarri, 1997
    • Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs, 1997
      Ivy Nixon, Louisa Downs, 1997
    • Ivy Nixon, Untitled, 1997
      Ivy Nixon, Untitled, 1997
    • 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, Japingka - My Country, c. 2000
      Jimmy Pike, Japingka - My Country, c. 2000
    • Jimmy Pike, Foot Prints
      Jimmy Pike, Foot Prints
    • 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, Mantamarta II, 1999
      Jimmy Pike, Mantamarta II, 1999
    • Jimmy Pike , Mantamarta III
      Jimmy Pike , Mantamarta III
    • Jimmy Pike , Wuntarra Karraji
      Jimmy Pike , Wuntarra Karraji
    • 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
    • Molly Rogers, Untitled, 1998
      Molly Rogers, Untitled, 1998
    • Pijaji Peter Skipper, Winyimpu, 1993
      Pijaji Peter Skipper, Winyimpu, 1993
    • Pijaji Peter Skipper, Jila Japingka, 1995
      Pijaji Peter Skipper, Jila Japingka, 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
    • Wakartu Cory Surprise, Pirnti, 1998
      Wakartu Cory Surprise, Pirnti, 1998
    • Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Jupurr, 1998
      Paji Honeychild Child Yankarr, Jupurr, 1998
    • Jinny James Yilpara, Walmajarri, 1998
      Jinny James Yilpara, Walmajarri, 1998