Attributed to Wattie Karruwara (circa 1910-1983) Untitled (Bustard)
Lot 8
Attributed to Wattie Karruwara (circa 1910-1983) Untitled (Bustard)
AU$ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 7,400 - 11,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Attributed to Wattie Karruwara (circa 1910-1983)
Untitled (Bustard)
synthetic and natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
56 x 24cm

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Likely to have been painted at Mowanjum, West Kimberley circa 1960
    Purchased by English naturalist and conservationist Mr. Gerald Durrell from an antique shop in Sydney opposite the Menzies Hotel in 1962
    Private collection
    Sotheby's, Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 24 June 2002, lot 5
    Private collection

    Internationally acclaimed author (most notably of My Family and Other Animals), naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell, OBE (1925-1995) collected this work in 1962 whilst in Australia to film Two in the Bush. For this production Durrell and his wife Jacquie travelled through Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand to film endangered species in order to raise awareness about the need to protect them and their habitat.

    This work has been attributed to Wattie Karruwara by Kim Akerman due to its strong stylistic similarities to the artist's watercolours depicting the Bustard as well as the unusual use of synthetic pigment in this work. The 'pecked' designs can also be seen in Karruwara's Wanjina paintings.
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