07 December, 2006
Paddy Bedford - Sydney
This summer the MCA presents the first major survey of work by renowned Gija artist Paddy Bedford. This visually powerful exhibition explores the full range of Bedford’s practice, from his early paintings with natural earth ochres to his majestic black and white canvases and his recent colourful gouache works on board.
Bedford’s distinctive paintings depict the East Kimberley landscape in which he has spent a lifetime. His works portray important family Dreamings as well as oral histories of his country, from his working life as a stockman to accounts of the often brutal interaction between Aboriginal people and white settlers. These histories are conveyed in a beautifully austere and minimal visual language, the elegance of which often masks turbulent events.