Kathy Ramsay

Kathy Ramsay

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DOB: 1965
LANGUAGE GROUP: Gija
COMMUNITY: Warmun, WA

Kathy Ramsay is an exciting emerging artist from Warmun Art Centre in the Kimberley region. While Kathy only began painting in 2013, she has already been a finalist in the John Fries Art Award and the Port Hedland Art Award, as well as being included in numerous group exhibitions and private collections across Australia and internationally.

Kathy is the third generation of artists in her family; her grandfather was the late esteemed artist Timmy Timms and she is the daughter of Rammey Ramsay and Mona Ramsay, both prominent artists in their own right. Kathy explains that her mother and grandfather taught her culture, country and the Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories. Kathy now sees art as a way to pass on this knowledge to the next generation. Her subject matter is her ancestral country of Juwulinji, also known as Bow River, where Kathy incorporates rich Ngarranggarni stories with recent histories of station life.

Kathy is a mother to three sons (her eldest is deceased) and is painting full time. In describing her art, Kathy says "I just paint what my old people told me about our Country - because they are the ones who know the history of our Country, the Country we're still connected to today. Our Country really knows us, and it owns us."

Collections

  • Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
  • Artbank, Sydney

Awards and Recognition

2017 Port Hedland Art Award - Finalist
2017 John Fries Award, Sydney - Finalist
2015 Select for REVEALED (a biennial art event celebrating emerging Aborigial Artists in Western Australia), Freemantle Arts Centre, WA

History


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2021 Of the Land, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2020 Warlawoon, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2020 Warmun Artistis - The Ochre Story, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2019 Salon des Refuses, Telstra NATSIAA, Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, Darwin
2019 Desert River Sea, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2019 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair, Darwin
2019 Connection to Country, Form Gallery, Perth
2018 Warmun at Twenty, Nancy Sever Gallery, Canberra
2018 Kimberley to Coast Exhibition, Salt Contemporary Art, McCulloch & McCulloch, Queenscliff, VIC
2018 GIJA Exhibition, Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane
2018 Hedland Art Award, Courthouse Gallery, Port Hedland WA
2017 When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Perth
2017 Transitions, Short Street Gallery, Broome
2017 Spiritual essence of the Earth with Warmun artists - Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Gallery, Brussels
2017 For the Women, Tandanya, Adelaide
2017 Constellation, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2017 Art of the Gija People, Nancy Server Gallery, Canberra
2017 Hedland Art Award, Port Hedland Courthouse Gallery, Port Headland, WA
2016 Warlbowinj and Jumulunj (River Wallaby and Boab Tree), Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin
2015 Warmun Then and Now, The University of Western Australia, Perth
2014 Warmun: Gija Contemporary Art of Western Australia, Harvey Art Projects, USA
2014 Warmun Aboriginal Art, Art Images Gallery, Adelaide
2014 Transitions, Short Street Gallery, Broome