Image: Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Aboriginal people meeting first white settlers at the Swan River, 1979, acrylic paint on canvas on board, 76.5 x 109cm. Donated by Ken Colbung, 1988. City of Fremantle Art Collection

Image: Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri, Hunter Dreaming, 1979, ochres on canvas, 103 x 143cm. Donated by Ken Colbung, 1988. Courtesy City of Joondalup Art Collection

Two major paintings by Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri (1934–84), a significant Papunya Tula Anmatyer painter, are reunited for the first time in Hunter Dreaming.

Both of these important uniquely WA works were produced during a visit to Perth in 1978–79, when Tim Leura was a guest of Nyoongar elder Ken Colbung (1931–2010). The men, both strong culture warriors for their communities, developed a firm friendship.

A decade after Tim Leura’s visit, Ken generously donated the paintings to the City of Fremantle and City of Wanneroo in an act of reconciliation at the time of the Bicentenary in 1988. This is the first time they will be exhibited side by side.

Hunter Dreaming also includes paintings on loan from the City of Joondalup and Janet Holmes à Court Collection.

The City of Fremantle Art Collection, established in 1958, is the largest municipal collection in WA with over 1,500 works. The Collection’s focus on Fremantle artists and Australian prints celebrates the enduring importance of the visual arts to Fremantle.