Jowalbinna 1997

Collection Details: Jowalbinna 1997

I spent three months at Jowalbinna (Home of the Ancient Ones) in Cape York, Far North Queensland in 1997. During this time, i worked closely with artist Read More…

Dingo Woman II

Dingo Woman II

In the two works Dingo Woman I and Dingo Woman II, Dickens represents the rock-art inspired image of a woman suckling dingo pups – the ‘antipean’ twist Read More…

The Mother Creates

The Mother Creates

Dickens has worked with a pared down palette to reflect the stark, burnished colours of Jowalbinna’s rock art and sandstone counrty (and the practicalities of painting out Read More…

Bush Cook

Bush Cook

The painting Bush Cook alludes to Dickens’ job as campsite cook for Jowalbinna’s tourists to finance her stay. There is a beautiful circularity in her monochrome meandering Read More…

The Deighton River Woman

The Deighton River Woman

In the painting The Deighton River Woman, the ‘prehistoric Madonna’, or as Karla’s direct, poetic panel text describes, the ‘fertility mother goddess’, presides ominously over the scene Read More…

Butterfly Cave

Butterfly Cave

Everyday animals- eagle, emu, flying fox, crocodile, butterfly and snake become totemic, with the dingo a everpresent kindered spirit. The artist brings Jowalbinna counrty to life in Read More…

Flying Foxes, Dingo and Baby Eagle

Flying Foxes, Dingo and Baby Eagle

The land pulses with life and energy, there remains a strong feeling of culture. The Ancient Ones are all around immersing land, sky and water and the Read More…

Yam Man

Yam Man

The main body of art is a collection of fourteen truly inspired acrylic-on-paper paintings evoking the spiritual power of one of the world’s oldest rock art galleries, Read More…

Gunga I

Gunga I

While revered anti-patriarch Germaine Greer may publicly attack the Aboriginal art ‘industry’ and conclude that ” the Aboriginal art boom has bust”, Dickens’ paintings show that the Read More…

Each work in this collection celebrates a dream-like revelation through counrty whose spiritual and natural heritage can only inspire profound awe and respect. There’s a kind of Read More…

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