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Important Australian Art / Rover Thomas (circa 1926-1998) Barramundi Dreaming, c.1985

Lot 15
Rover Thomas
(circa 1926-1998)
Barramundi Dreaming, c.1985
23 August 2022, 19:00 AEST

AU$25,000 - AU$35,000

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Rover Thomas (circa 1926-1998)

Barramundi Dreaming, c.1985
natural earth pigments and gum on plywood tea chest lid
48.0 x 58.0cm (18 7/8 x 22 13/16in).


Acquired from the artist by a contract horticulturalist to the Argyle Diamond Mine, Perth circa 1985
Mary Macha, Perth
Private collection, Perth, acquired from the above in 2001

Barramundi Dreaming (Lundari), 1986, earth pigments and natural binders on plywood, 60.0 x 90.0cm in the Holmes a Court collection, Perth

During the 1980s Thomas painted the Barramundi Dreaming theme several times. It relates to a site at McFee's Creek on the Dunham River, now the site of the Argyle Diamond Mine. The story relates how the Aboriginal people were trying to steal a barramundi from the Jabiru (Lundari). Lundari dropped the fish where they could not find it and it is still there today. The white elliptical form represents the Barramundi.

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