Angelina George

(Australia 1937 – 2014)

Ngukurr, Gulf region
Language group
Wandarang, Gulf region, Mara, Gulf region


20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

Angelina George provided the following statement about her series of dry season works:

Dry season time... long time.
My imagined country never stops in my memory... about Boomerang. Ruined City and Limmen Bight.
I remember and imagine The Ruined City all the time.
I have special memories from my travels here. I can paint my memories and imagination ... not exactly what it looks like. You know. Traditional way and law.

Rugged Mountains and Sandy Rocks.
Below the mountains runs the river - everywhere I go you find water. Fresh water.
I have travelled here many times in my life, with my mother and sisters and on my own.
The mountains look white, shining in the sunlight.
The cliffs are rocky, sharp and very rugged.
Near to the mountains are billabongs and we spend time fishing and hunting around this area.
Birds and animals are everywhere, even fish in the billabong.

I used to walk through the valleys, creeks and billabongs, across the rivers; we had to find our own tucker and we knew where to go hunting.

Bushflowers, animals, trees, beautiful rocks, it was wonderful, I was happy then. When I look at places or imagine them, I remember I was walking there, or collecting sugarbag, it makes me sad – a tear comes to my eye and it reminds me of when I used to walk around with my brothers and sisters, or my mother.

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
197.5 x 247.8 cm
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ Group 2009
Accession number
© Estate of the artist