According to anthropologist Dr Frances Kofod, 'Janterrji is a place where the artist's family have a small outstation. It is near a water-hole known by Europeans as Dolly Hole. It is an important place where dreamtime women conducted their special ceremonies.'
The subject matter of Bedford’s paintings is drawn from the artist’s two main and very different sources of knowledge and experience. The dramatic Kimberley landscape around Bedford Downs and the historical events that took place there and intersect with the ever present Ngarranggarni or Dreaming, the parallel time dimension where the landscape, animals and plants were created and in which the laws determining behavior and tradition were established. His paintings also present a dichotomy of viewing, powerful and bold forms, reminiscent of physical features of the Kimberley, are surrounded by expansive delicate washes of muted color, presenting a contrast between powerful physicality and great sensitivity. Simple in their composition as they are complex in the underlying stories they tell, such as the Emu, Bush Turkey and Cockatoo Dreamings of his family.
Jirrawun Aboriginal Arts Corporation, Kununurra;
The Estate of Paddy Bedford;
Bonhams, Sydney, 21 Nov 2011, lot 18;
Private collection, Melbourne;
Private collection, The Netherlands
Paddy Bedford: Crossing Frontiers, Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art (AAMU), Utrecht, The Netherlands, 8 October 2009 – 11 April 2010
Storer, R., Paddy Bedford, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006, p. 161 (illus.)
Michael, L. (ed.), Paddy Bedford, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2006, p. 161 (illus.)
Petitjean, G., et al., Paddy Bedford: Crossing Frontiers, Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art (AAMU), Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Snoeck Editions, Heule, Belgium, 2009, p. 88 (illus.)
more about Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford
Bedford Downs Station, Australia
Paddy Bedford was born at Bedford Downs Cattle Station in the east Kimberley c.1922. He was given the name Paddy after the station manager, Paddy Quilty, a hard man, who was believed to be the instigator of the strychnine poisoning of Gidja Men at Bedford Downs in retaliation for killing a milking cow near Mount King several years earlier. Like many of his Gidja countrymen, Bedford work . . .