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Biography 759.994 SPR Available 063701
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this book contains images and written depictions of people who have passed away.

Amid the striking landscapes of the East Kimberley, art adviser Tony Oliver find himself deeply immersed in the world of a group of senior Gija artists. The bonds he forms with renowned painters Paddy Bedford and Freddie Timms backdrop the establishment of the groundbreaking Jirrawun Arts, quickly to become one of the most successful and controversial centres of Australia's acclaimed Aboriginal art movement. As Oliver comes to share not only the artists' many successes but their tragedies too, his own life's trajectory will forever be altered. This book is an account of a decade in art, and life between cultures: a sensitive yet unflinching portrait of both darkness and light.

Winner 2021 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-Fiction.

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