Paddy Bedford’s Jack Flood could make $169,000 at Mossgreen Auctions



2015-06-26 11:35:03

Paddy Bedford’s Jack Flood will lead an auction of aboriginal art in Melbourne

Jack Flood (2004) by Paddy Bedford is valued at $140,841-169,010 ahead of a sale of Australian and Oceanic Art at Mossgreen Auctions in Melbourne on July 22-23. 

Bedford (1922-2007) is among Australia’s best-known aboriginal artists.

He lived in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, taking his surname from the cattle station that he grew up on and worked on until being laid off following a piece of 1969 legislation that ordered black and white workers to receive equal pay.

He painted areas of his traditional lands, with Jack Flood referring to an area in the northernmost part of the Kimberley region.

Albert Croker’s The Buffalo is another highlight, with an estimate of $46,952-65,733.

The sculpture is one of a series created while living in the artists' community of Paru on Melville Island, just off the coast of Australia’s Northern Territory.

Here local artists were free to work outside the influence of the local Catholic mission. While buffalo are not native to Australia, a number were introduced to the nearby Bathurst Island during the 19th century.

The sale includes a huge range of objects, ranging from fine art to shields and masks.

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