Rover Thomas
I Want to Paint
21 February - 6 June 2004
Twentieth Century Australian galleries, Ground Level

Nowhere has the merging of past and present, the spiritual and the physical, been more clearly revealed than in the visionary paintings of Kukatja/Wangkajunga artist, Rover Thomas (1926-1998). His ochred landscapes are corporeal, vacillating between figuration and abstraction to suggest the topography of the East Kimberley landscape and the presence of unseen forces within it. Yet Thomas's origins lie further to the south in the Great Sandy Desert from where he travelled working as a stockman until finally settling in Warmun (Turkey Creek). In 1990, Rover Thomas was one of two Aboriginal artists selected to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale.

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Rover Thomas Two men dreaming c.1985
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