Agnes Armstrong's paintings embrace the stories of her childhood years in delightful and often naïve interpretations. She shares her memories of growing up on stations, bushlife and the stories taught by her grandparents. Her images connect story, place and childhood memory.
"Born beside a billabong on Ivanhoe Station, I grew up with old people. They taught me lots about hunting - all the bush foods. I used to work at Ivanhoe station doing housework and gardening. I came to Kununurra and started schooling during the '60s. Before that I had been at the Research Station School. During the '70s I was at the Beagle Bay Mission School. I came back to Kununurra then and got a job cooking for the pensioners in our Mirima Community. I would do the shopping, counting the money for the pensioners and paid their bills. We had a little shop then. I then moved to Dingo Springs where I watched the old people carving boab nuts and I started doing boabs. After that I came back here to Waringarri Arts to do painting. As well I am doing Ministry and bible studies. I have one daughter and three adopted sons and I live in Mirima, stopping in my Country for good."
2019 Kimberley Art Prize – Indigenous Artist Category
2016 Cossack Art Award – Invited Artist Category
2012 Finalist in the Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, WA
2007 Highly Commended Painting Award 24th, NATSIAA Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
ARTBANK, SYDNEY, NSW
ART GALLERY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA, PERTH, WA
CITY OF KARRATHA, WA
CITY OF PERTH COLLECTION, WA
KLUGE RUHE ABORIGINAL ART COLLECTION VIRGINIA, USA
MAIN ROADS WA, PERTH, WA
WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY COLLECTION, NSW
ZHONGFU GROUP COLLECTION, CHINA