Alan Griffiths

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Alan was born at Victoria River Station, Northern Territory in 1933. He remained there until 1957 when he left to move to Katherine. Here he was head stockman on Beswick Station and then on Elsey Station near Mataranka, Northern Territory as well as Maninbelli Station, Elizabeth Downs, Delamere and Willaroo. Moving onto Wyndham, Western Australia, Alan worked as a plumber before settling on Newry Station, again as a stockman as well as a cook. In 1965 he settled in Kununurra, living at Ivanhoe Station operating a tractor on a cotton farm. Alan is married to his ‘promised bride’, Peggy Griffiths, and has five children, 27 grandchildren and many great grandchildren. After his retirement from farm work in the early 1980s Alan began painting his country, mapping the significant features and cultural stories of the land. His repetoire of images includes paintings that map and name country reflecting the artist’s intimate knowledge of a vast country as well as documents of traditional stories and corroborees, cattle mustering and camel treks.  Today Alan’s ‘signature’ style involves depicted small figures performing corroborees, painted in a playful naive style.

Together with his wife Peggy Griffiths, he is dedicated to teaching traditional dances to his community and family. Alan is a respected law and culture man for both his traditional country near Timber Creek and for Miriwoong culture in Kununurra.
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DOB: 07/01/1933
Language: Ngarinyman / Ngaliwurru
Country: Victoria River Downs, N.T.