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2024 Revealed Exhibition: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists

Kennedy Finlay

Art centre


1963, Nullagine (Yirrangkaji)

Lives and works


Kennedy was born in Nullagine. His parents then took him on foot to the Marrina Downs Station where there were a lot of their family. They stayed for a few years and then moved to the mission in Jigalong. He lived with some family in the reserve across from the river as well as living on the stations. Kennedy’s father was a cattleman and a rough rider. He would work on the stations and the mail truck would pick up the kids to take them to school in Jigalong. They would stay there until they got a call for them and then the truck would pick them up and take them back to the stations.

In the late 60’s early 70’s the station work all finished up so Kennedy’s father bought a wagon with two horses and they travelled around in that. They would travel around the stations dog trapping and fencing.

Kennedy starting painting in Nullagine and sold his first painting to the nurse there. He enjoys painting landscapes and Dingo dreaming stories from his father’s country around Kunawarritji. His father handed those stories down to him, now Kennedy is sharing with the next generation so that they can hold on to their dreaming.

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