Peggy Griffiths – Australian Indigenous Aboriginal Artist

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Born to Dianah Dingle and Frank Moore on Newry Station, Peggy’s father left the family during her early childhood years. The station manager’s wife advised her mother to send Peggy to school at the Kimberley Research Station. At 15 her mother took her out of school to Argyle Station and told she had been promised in marriage to Alan Griffiths when she turned 16. Peggy and her future husband were told to leave and they moved to Kununurra. Today they have 5 children and many grandchildren all of whom have been taught traditional stories and culture.

Peggy Griffiths is well informed about her family and bush life around the Goodim community and Newry. It was here that she saw old people taken away from the camp with chains around their necks and here that she learned to dance all the traditional dances.

Peggy Griffiths began working with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts in 1985, carving and painting boab nuts and boomerangs. She progressed to painting on canvas and working with limited edition prints (and was the first indigenous artist to win the prestigious Fremantle Print Award) and is committed to keeping the stories of her grandfather, Charlie Mailman, alive. Peggy Griffiths and her husband Alan Griffiths often paint side by side and are key performers and teachers of corroboree and traditional dances for their community. They have travelled widely, performing traditional dancers at arts festivals and events

Peggy Griffiths is now one of the most senior women artists at Waringarri Arts, teaching other artists and was until recently and for many years the Chairperson of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, a community owned and led organization for its members. Her works document the traditional country of her father and grandfather and her most recent works capture the movement of wind through this spinifex country.

Date of Birth             c.1950

Skin                            Namij

Language                Miriwoong

Country                     Newry Station, NT

Dreaming                 Morning Star

Domicile                   Kununurra, WA

Bush Name              Marrdij Marrdijoroong

 

Mediums used: 

Natural Ochre and Pigment on Canvas

Pigment on Paper

Limited Edition Prints

Carved Slate

Didjeridu’s

 

Themes

Traditional Country of her father and grandfather

 

Solo Exhibitions

2008               West meets East – Peggy Griffiths, Seva Frangos Art Perth WA

2005               Dreaming the Spinifex, Seva Frangos Art @ Span Galleries Melbourne

 

Group Exhibitions

2010               Sharing Difference on Common Ground, CCAE Darwin

2010               Sharing Difference on Common Ground, CCAE Darwin NT

2009               Sharing Difference on Common Ground, Holmes A Court Gallery Perth WA

2009               Best of the Best, Framed Gallery Darwin NT

2009               Alan & Peggy Griffiths, Short Street Gallery Broome WA
2008 Kimberley Ink and Ochre, Wollongong University NSW

2008               Kimberley Ink, Northern Editions Darwin NT

2008               Celebration Seva Frangos Art Perth WA

2005               When Waringarri Came to Town, Woolloongabba Art Gallery Brisbane QLD

2004               Waringarri 3 Women, Framed Gallery Darwin NT

2004               Kimberley Focus – Alan and Peggy Griffiths, Perth International Arts Festival Perth WA

2003               East Kimberley Art Short St Gallery Broome WA

2003               National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

2002               Kimberley Ochre, Red Rock Art at Cullen Bay NT
2002 Heyson Prize, Adelaide SA

2002               Love Your Work – 30 Year Exhibition, Fremantle Arts Centre Perth

2002               Warrgebarenkoo, Fremantle Arts Centre Perth WA

2001               Groundwork, Fremantle Arts Centre Perth WA

2000               National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin NT

1999               National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Darwin NT

1999               East Kimberley Art Award, Kununurra WA 1997 East Kimberley Art Award, Kununurra WA 1995 Fremantle Print Award, Perth WA

 

Collections

Fremantle Arts Collection, Perth, WA

Church Gallery Art Angels

Royal Perth Hospital Collection, Perth, WA

Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth, WA

Edith Cowan University, Perth, WA

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT

Artbank Australia, Sydney, NSW

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA

Parliament House Collection, Perth, WA

Parliament House Collection, Canberra, ACT

University of Technology Collection, Sydney, NSW

City of South Perth Collection, Perth, WA

Holmes A Court Collection, Perth, WA

 

Awards

1995 Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle, WA

 

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