A collection of works on paper created in the early 1950s referencing images of caves, rock surfaces and rock paintings of Kimberley and the Northern Territory
Never exhibited, these pictures until 2010 lay unseen in a folder simply marked ‘Dreams’.
Open to a range of psychological and artistic interpretation, the works are patent harbingers for the paintings that emerged much later via the artist's counterpart, Eddie Burrup.
All works in this sequence are in the collection of the estate of Elizabeth ...
Kookaburra and Kangaroo
Kookaburra and Kangaroo was the name of a monthly newsletter that 8 year-old Elizabeth (as Kookaburra) and 10 year-old Mary (as Kangaroo) living at home and attending school in Perth, would send to their father MPD on Argyle Station, East Kimberley.
Kookaburra and Kangaroo contained family news, made up stories, drawings, poems and jokes. Each edition measured 14 x 21cms and ran to about 20 pages. Nine examples from several hundred are provided here. Occasionally younger brothers submitted items.
The newsletter ...
The work depicts 36 well-known Kimberley characters and visitors to Argyle Station in the 1930s. Each is identified in pencil on verso. Individuals include Charles Edward Flinders, Hector Fuller, Alf Martin, Doug Davidson, Harry Farqueson, Mon Way, Joe Case, Dave Wilson, Bob Skuthorpe, Noel Healy, Paddy McNamara, Jack Kilfoyle, Bill Jones, Frank Wise, Jimmy Woods, Saburo Ohta, Koko Forbes, MPD and ...
Posters, Pamphlets and Covers
Examples of mostly printed ...
Portraits and Studies
There is little of the conventional or academic about Elizabeth Durack's portraits and studies.
Her primary concern was to capture the spirit and essence of a person. This she achieved via an innate empathy with her subjects, skilful draughtsmanship and inventive use of media.
As with most of her work, Elizabeth's portraits fall within a category of their own.
Human beings and their idiosyncracies remained a source of inspiration throughout her life. Portraits frequently incorporate full figures, placed within a distinctive ...
Nungulla and Jungulla Strips
In Sydney during the early years of the war, collaborating via mail with Mary (in Perth), Elizabeth was producing a weekly comic strip for The Sunday Telegraph. Set again in northern Australia the strip covered three separate incidents: Nungulla & Jungulla and the Magic Bone; Nungulla & Jungulla and the Young White Chief; and Nungulla & Jungulla and The Great Drought. From a total of 53 episodes, 29 originals remain. Each page is drawn with pen and brush and black ink, some have colour guides. All measure 55 x 38 ...
Books and Exhibition Catalogues
1960s to 2000
A monograph on the artist; a selection of books written and illustrated by her; and some printed exhibition catalogues. Items available for ...
Stone mosaic — Ord River Diversion Dam
In Kununurra Western Australia, a few months before the official opening of the Ord River Diversion Dam, landscape designer John Oldham, on contract to the Shire of East Kimberley, was seeking a distinctive focus for the eastern approach to the bridge across the Ord. He discussed ideas with artist Elizabeth Durack who in turn called upon artist friend and teacher Djubbul of the Ivanhoe bush camp. Together they came up with plans for a design that would incorporate aspects of the old Dreaming site of Bandicoot Bar. The Shire approved and work proceeded quickly. Indicative of ...