Janangoo Butcher Cherel (circa 1920-2009) Dilly Bag & Manyi, 2002
Lot 65
Janangoo Butcher Cherel (circa 1920-2009) Dilly Bag & Manyi, 2002
Sold for AU$ 5,490 (US$ 5,112) inc. premium
Lot Details
Janangoo Butcher Cherel (circa 1920-2009)
Dilly Bag & Manyi, 2002
bears artist's name and Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency catalogue number WP 034/02 on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on paper
76 x 56cm (29 15/16 x 22 1/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency, Fitzroy Crossing, Western Australia
    Purchased from Raft Artspace, Darwin in June 2002
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney

    EXHIBITED:
    Imanarra - recent works on paper by Butcher Cherel, Raft Artspace, Darwin, cat. no. 4

    JANANGOO BUTCHER CHEREL
    Janangoo Butcher Cherel is an artist whose work
    challenges categorization. Born of a Gooniyandi father
    and a Gija mother, he spent the early part of his life as a
    cattleman on Fossil Downs Station in the Kimberley. He
    commenced to paint in the early 1990s after Mangkaja
    Arts Resource Agency was established at Fitzroy Crossing.
    Ever resourceful and self-contained, Janangoo would sit
    in his corner studio of Mangkaja Arts and put in a full
    days' work, day after day. His experiences as a stockman
    and of the troubled history of the Kimberley provided
    Janangoo with a wealth of subject matter for his art,
    always represented in the context of the Ngarrangkarni
    (Dreaming) and the Law: he was an advocate for the
    retention of law and ceremony amongst younger
    generations and he used his art as a teaching mechanism.
    Janangoo taught not only the young Gooniyandi in his
    community at Muludja, but a world beyond. Janangoo's
    extensive range of imagery is drawn from observation
    of the minutia of the natural world to Gooniyandi
    cosmology, ceremony and its associated objects, and
    always situated in his ancestral lands. His sense of
    symmetry and composition, the delicacy of the touch
    of his brush and the fields of repeated motifs create a
    visual poetry that verges on the abstract; Janangoo '...
    reimagine[s] the world through nonfigurative means.'
    (Sprague, Q., Groundwork: Janangoo Butcher Cherel, Mick
    Jawalji, Rammey Ramsey
    , Melbourne: The Ian Potter
    Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, 2011, p. 9).

    Janangoo was proclaimed a Living Treasure by the
    government of Western Australia in 2004. Other than
    Groundwork in 2001, his work has been included in several
    other major exhibitions, including Images of Power;
    Aboriginal Art from the Kimberley
    at the National Gallery of
    Victoria in 1993, The Imanara Series/ Kerry Stokes Collection
    at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2000; the
    Clemenger Contemporary Art Award at the National Gallery
    of Victoria in 2006; Cross currents: focus on contemporary
    Australian art
    , at the Museum of Contemporary Art,
    Sydney in 2007; Breaking boundaries—contemporary Indigenous
    Australian art from the collection
    , Gallery of Modern Art—
    Queensland Art Gallery in 2008; and Ancestral Modern:
    Australian Aboriginal Art: Kaplan & Levi Collection
    , at the
    Seattle Art Museum in 2012.

    Wally Caruana
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