b. 1946 -
Freddie Timms (b. 1946 – 2017) is now recognised as the most senior of all Kimberley painters. Since the passing of his mentor Rover Thomas (c.1926-1998), and his friend Paddy Bedford (c.1922-2007), he is now at the forefront of ochre painting. Undoubtedly as Timms grows older, his important, large scale works will carry huge demand.
Born in Bedford Downs Station in the East Kimberley, Freddie Timms followed his father into a life as a stockman. In his early 20’s he came to meet Rover Thomas – the man who would become his lifelong mentor and influence. As Thomas’s prominence as an artist began to rise, he convinced the younger Timms to start painting. By the early 1990’s Thomas had grown to become a superstar, the first Aboriginal Australian to represent his country at the Venice Biennale with works selling for tens of thousands of dollars. At this stage, another of the Kimberley’s ochre painters, Paddy Bedford, started to gain market traction. At this time, Timms started to see his work included in important shows in Sydney and Melbourne and his works acquired by important collections, public as well as private.
In 1998, Rover Thomas passed away and prices for his work became out of reach for the general population. Paddy Bedford and Freddie Timms immediately saw a significant rise in popularity and their prices. It was at this stage that Timms became cemented as one of the senior figures in the Kimberley painting movement. Timm’s work is now the focus of significant collecting activity, astute buyers recognising the rarity and beauty of his works.
Most recently, Freddie Timms’ work was featured in our exhibition From West of Here – Contemporary Aboriginal Art, click here to view the catalogue.
FREDDIE TIMMS IN IMPORTANT COLLECTIONS
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Holmes à Court Collection, Perth
The Laverty Collection, Sydney
Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands
UBS Bank, Switzerland
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