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Portrait of Karntakarnta Billy Thomas. - click to view larger image

born about 1920, Wangkajunga language group, Jungurrayi skin group, Fitzroy Crossing, Red Rock Gallery

Karntakarnta Billy Thomas was born near Kulyayi (Well 42). It was while he was droving cattle on the Canning Stock Route that he first met Rover Thomas.

They went on to work together and settle in the Kimberley, both of them finding fame late in life as Kimberley artists. Earlier Billy had worked as a police tracker, a traditional healer and a stockman — and had 12 children.

A textured chocolate brown toned painting on canvas with a design of concentric ovals which have been scribed with a blunt instrument into the layer of paint. In the small spaces between the ovals are raised dots in brown.


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