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Artist Profile: Jim Ridgeway


Name:                      Jim Ridgeway

Tribal Group:           Biripi

Language:               Katang/English

Born:                       1943        

Area:                        Hunter Valley

Mediums:                 Acrylic & Ochres on Canvas, Hand Coiled Pottery

Subjects:                 Traditional and Contemporary Stories

Artists Biography:       

A Respected Aboriginal Elder, Jim was born in Taree, Clifford James Ridgeway. He lived on a mission with the Biripi language group.

From the age of 15 he was an amateur boxer with Les McNabb?s troupe. When asked why he doesn?t have the broken nose and the cauliflower ears of most boxers, he laughs, I used to duck.

He moved out of the boxing ring and become a country and western singer. Something of a star in country music circles Jim even scored an award from Nashville. In the late 1970?s he was named top Aboriginal country and western male vocalist in Australia.

In the early 1990?s after a serious car accident Jim had to give up his singing career.

So he took up Art, he starting with painting, but his preferred medium is potting.

Exhibitions:

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, Lake Macquarie

Aboriginal Artists of Australia, Newcastle

Collections Held:

Private and Institutions

Further Reference

Pottery in Australia, Dec 2000

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