Queenie McKenzie

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DOB: c.1910 - 1998
REGION: Kimberley

A policeman's daughter, and born on Texas Downs, Queenie was given the bush name 'Garagarag' which has a similar meaning to 'Blondie, and raised on Red Butte Country adjacent to, and later included the Texas Downs pastoral lease. She worked on Texas as a young girl, learning to cook and later on to stock camps, cooking and tending and riding the horses.
Queenie took up painting in her later years, using the knowledge she has amassed by watching the older artists paint their traditional stories. She remained very active and continued painting to the last day of her life.


  • Australian National University, Canberra
  • Hank Ebes Collection, Melbourne
  • Kaplan and Levi Collection, Seattle

Awards and Recognition

2000 Top 50 Collectable Artists, Australian Art Collector Magazine


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 Dazzling Diamonds, Art Mob, Hobart

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 International Women's Day, Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
2019 Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage Reconciliation Week at Art Mob, Art Mob, Hobart