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Anne Kirker

(b Sydney, 1964).

Australian draughtswoman, active in the USA. Of Iraqi descent, Khedoori was born and raised in Australia, going on to study at the San Francisco Art Institute where she was awarded a BFA in 1988, and then studying at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she received an MFA in 1994. At a time when installation art and electronic media attracted many artists of her generation, Khedoori chose the medium of drawing as her preferred practice, tapping into the tactile, handcrafted realm of mark-making on paper. She worked on huge sheets of paper coated with transparent wax, creating unframed works that appear to float from the wall. Often two or three sheets are abutted to spread to 3.5×6 m or wider. A constant of these lineally inscribed, pared-back drawings is their iconography of wire-mesh pens, empty houses and streets, vacant overpasses and bridges, doors and seats. Only sometimes (and more often in her 21st-century works), did she refer to nature—such as using an abstract sweep of bars to indicate rain or a lightly rendered topographical view....

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Ian McLean

(Dirrji)

(b Springvale cattle station, Western Australia, 1935).

Australian Aboriginal painter. Peters is a member of the Gija-speaking peoples from the East Kimberley region in North-western Australia. The Gija painting movement began around 1980 at Turkey Creek (now Warmun) and Peters worked closely with this first generation of ochre painters for 20 years as an educator in indigenous cultural programmes. His painting career began in 1997 when he joined Jirrawun Arts—an innovative Gija collective established by the painter Freddie Timms (b 1946) with Artistic Director Tony Oliver. Their aim was to promote interaction between Gija and gardiya (non-Aborigines), and economic independence by marketing East Kimberley art directly to contemporary art galleries. Peters first exhibited in a group exhibition of Jirrawun art in 1998 and had his first solo exhibition the next year. From then on he exhibited regularly in Sydney and Melbourne, and his paintings have featured in several survey exhibitions.

Peters painted in the distinctive minimalist Turkey Creek manner made famous by his close friend ...