An image of Old Man Looking Out

Goody Barrett

(Australia circa 1930 – )

Warmun (Turkey Creek), Kimberley region
Language group
Gija, Kimberley region

Old Man Looking Out

Not on display
Further information

Goody Barrett is a Kija woman in her fifties and lives at Turkey Creek. She is a significant senior Law woman known for her singing and painting talents. Goody has a tremendous capacity for formal invention and a distinctive treatment of the familiar landforms in her country.

'Old Man Looking Out' 1999 represents a favourite subject for the artist. It tells the story of an old man (the stone sitting on top) looking out from the top of an escarpment at a kangaroo and dingo below. In the drive between Crocodile Hole and Turkey Creek this landmark may be clearly observed. A massive escarpment dominates at a point beside the road covered by majestic boulders that seem to defy gravity and time. At the top, the old man balances with awesome presence enhanced by the play of light at dusk.

'Old Man Looking Out' 1999 represents an outstanding example of Goody's work, it reveals her capacity for formal invention and preoccupation with framing the image with 'corners'. Her painting of the escarpment boulders form a multi-coloured, musical painter's palette almost evoking the song of the old man and his clapsticks. This painting brings many aspects of Kija culture together - country, story telling, painting and singing.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 1999

Place of origin
Warmun (Turkey Creek), East Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
natural pigments on linen canvas
122.0 x 135.0 x 3.2 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Signed u.r. verso, black fibre-tipped pen "GOODY". Not dated.

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1999
Accession number
© Goody Barrett, courtesy Warmun Art Centre. Licensed by Copyright Agency