The Stranger Artist by Quentin Sprague

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At a hinge-point in his life, artist and ex-gallerist Tony Oliver travelled to the East Kimberley, where he plunged into the crosscurrents and eddies of the Aboriginal art world. He would stay for almost a decade, working alongside a group of senior Gija artists, including acclaimed figures Paddy Bedford and Freddie Timms, to establish Jirrawun Arts, briefly one of the countrys most successful and controversial Aboriginal painting collectives. The Stranger Artist follows Olivers journey and the deep relationships he formed, an experience that forever altered his lifes trajectory. His story will draw readers close to what he came to know of Kimberley life: the immersion of culture and spirituality in the everyday, the importance of Law, the deep and abiding connection to country, and the humour and tragedy that pervade the Aboriginal world.Evocative and absorbing in equal measure, The Stranger Artist tells not only of the connections that can be formed through the sharing of mutual interests and experiences, but of what it takes to live between cultures.'The rise and fall of Tony Oliver and the Jirrawun artists is one of the more flamboyant and maverick episodes in the story of Australian Indigenous Art. In his forensic exploration of the partnership that promised a new model for the production and sale of Aboriginal art, and the central relationship between art impresario Oliver and the Gija master painter Paddy Bedford, Quentin Sprague has written a grand cross-cultural tale of genius, co-dependency, brotherhood, mythmaking and hubris.' - Kim Mahood, author of Position Doubtful and Craft for a Dry Lake