Brurngkurna - Calvert Hill (Sun Dreaming)
112 x 66 cm
Acrylic on canvas
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About the Artist
Stewart was born in 1951 at Doomadgee Mission in the Gulf of Carpenteria. He is a Garrwa man on his mother’s side. He grew up on Calvert Hills Station with his grandfather Yarriyarri. At nine years of age he went to work in stock camps and spent time droving throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory. In his late teens he worked on a cattle station in Western Australia and moved back to Queensland four years later for further work on cattle stations. He settled in Borroloola in 1972 after marrying Yanyuwa/Garrwa woman Nancy McDinny. He worked on surrounding cattle stations Mallapunyah and Green Back before starting his own cattle business at Wandangula, Police Lagoon, in 1979. He currently lives at the nearby outstation, Sandridge, with Nancy.
Stewart started painting in early the 2000s after he stopped cattle work. He started painting landscapes from the Calvert Hills and Robinson regions, later developing an interest in painting social-history stories about the development of the pastoral industry, Frontier violence and Aboriginal resistance fighters, who fought for their country during the period of colonisation in the Gulf from the 1870s. Stewart has exhibited in both Australian and overseas galleries. Stewart's paintings have also been selected for the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards five times.
About the Work
Stewart paints the big country belonging to the Garrwa people. His respect for his country is the foundation for his art. He is a careful and mesmeric painter. He finds the detail in a waterhole, a cave or a small delicate tree against the vastness of the land. The depiction of place, the vitality of colour and the abundance of life in his landscapes represent the law and culture and are a celebration of it.
Mossenson Gallery (Melbourne)
The Cross Arts Project (Sydney)
Karen Brown Gallery (Darwin)
Rebecca Hossack Gallery (London)