Sydney art collectors, Simon and Julie Ford, have generously donated to the Gallery 25 works of art, which are predominantly contemporary Aboriginal works by significant artists. These are new artists to the Gallery’s collection and not duplicated by the now famous Ann Lewis collection given to the Gallery in 2010. Important works by Jonathan Kumintjara Brown, Rover Thomas, Paddy Jaminji and Ruby Kngwarreye are included in the Ford gift. As well, the Fords presented to the Gallery a Fred Williams etching and a Brett Whiteley lithograph. The Fords were introduced to the Gallery by by Christopher Hodges, artist and owner of Utopia Art Sydney. Christopher and his partner, Helen Eager, have also endowed the Gallery over the years with major works of art.
John R Walker is a major expressionist figurative painter who relies on his experiences and memories of landscape for inspiration. This exhibition was shown in early 2014 at Utopia, the artist’s Sydney gallery. Utopia and Walker have generously allowed the Moree Plains Gallery to exhibit a selection of key works from the Sydney show. Walker lives at Braidwood, south of Goulburn in New South Wales. Walker, talking about one of the pictures in the exhibition said, “Doughboy Hill is a high ridge on the western edge of the upper Shoalhaven Valley about 25 kilometres from Braidwood. It is big sky country – a place where the land feels like its melting into the sky; sky touching the high cold, intense bony structure of a place. From the higher points you can see the country that I have been painting in and living in for years now.”
John R Walker’s Moree catalogue on line: