Exhibition #8: Goobalathaldin
The first survey exhibition in Sydney of Lardil painter Dick Roughsey (c1920-1985) from Mornington Island. He was a well known and successful artist from the mid-1960s whose work was a significant connection between Albert Namatjira and the Hermannsburg School from the 1940s and 50s and Papunya Tula Artists from 1971. The exhibition tells the story of his development as artist – beginning as a bark painter, he graduated to acrylic on board after meeting bush pilot and artist Percy Trezise, and accompanied Percy and his friend Ray Crooke on many painting expeditions in FNQ. Realist in style, his works are deeply felt and respectful depictions of Lardil life and ceremony. By the time of his death in 1985 he was a celebrated artist and author who had exhibited around Australia. He was also the first chair of the Aboriginal Arts Board and the first Aboriginal person to write an autobiography.