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Billy Duncan

Billy Duncan

Billy Duncan – Australian Indigenous Aboriginal Artist

Billy Duncan’s art belongs to the iconic imagery of senior east Kimberley painters. His powerful, simplified forms are imbued with the energy of the sites of significance he paints.

Billy Duncan was born at Inverway Station in the Northern Territory in 1935. “Most of my life I have been droving cattle and working around the stations as a ringer and stockman. I used to come to Kununurra as a single bloke when I was younger, then I came here to live with my wife in the seventies.” After an accident during his stockman days, an injury to his knee forced Billy to change to working on farms in the Kununurra region. He has four children, two girls and two boys. Billy first started painting in the mid 1990’s.

Date of Birth          Circa 1934
Skin                        Jungari
Language               Jaru
Country                  Moornboo
Dreaming               Moornboo
Domicile                 Kununurra.


Natural Ochre and Pigment on Canvas



Traditional Country

Group Exhibitions

2016               ‘Family Connections”, Short St Gallery, Broome WA

2013               “Our Living Land” An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East

Kimberley, Salvo Hotel, Shanghai, China

2013               “Our Living Land” An Exhibition of Leading Artists from the East Kimberley, OFOTO ANART Gallery, Shanghai, China

2012               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Geraldton Regional Gallery, Geraldton

2012               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, Bunbury

2012               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” The Cannery Arts Centre, Esperence

2011               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Mandurah

2010               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” CCAE Darwin NT

2010               “Living Country” Tunbridge Gallery Margaret River WA

2009               “Danggang/Garardeng Red Ochre White Ochre” Mossensons Galleries Melbourne VIC

2009               “Miriwoong Country” Gecko Gallery Broome WA

2009               Celebrating Country: Kinship & Culture Seymour College Osmond SA

2009               “Sharing Difference on Common Ground” Holmes A Court Gallery

2009               “Best of the Best” Framed Gallery Darwin NT

2008               “Dawang – Our Country Our Place Our Home” Mossensons Gallery Melbourne VIC

2008               “Kimberley Ink and Ochre” Wollongong University NSW

2008               “Kimberley Ink” Northern Editions Darwin NT

2006               “Ochre Country” Gecko Gallery Broome WA

2004               “New works from New and Favourite Artists” Gadfly Gallery Perth

2003               “Art from the Heart” Thornquest Gallery Surfers Paradise QLD


National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Clemenger Collection

Kerry Stokes Collection, WA

National Gallery of Victoria

Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection Virginia USA

Zhongfu Group Collection

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