Kathy Ramsay

Warmun Art Centre

Kathy Ramsay is one of Warmun Art Centre’s most prolific artists, carrying on the legacy of her artistic family. The daughter of artists Rammey and Mona Ramsay, and the granddaughter of the late Timmy Timms, Kathy only began painting in 2013, yet has already been included in numerous group exhibitions and private collections across Australia and internationally. In 2015 Kathy was selected for Revealed at Fremantle Art Centre.

Of her work Kathy says,  “I only started painting in 2013. I like to join in and to be sharing a part of my Country. My mother and my grandfather always told us what this place means, what the names are, and all those Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories. Now, with all this painting, I’ll be the one to tell them to my kids. I’m the mother of three sons, but I lost my oldest son in 2008. He was really strong in corroborree and culture, but my other sons, they carry it on too. They went to school in Warmun, and I worked in the childcare centre and cleaning and bits like that. Now I’m painting all the time. I just paint what my old people told me about our Country – because they are the ones who know the history of our Country, the Country we’re still connected to today. Our Country really knows us, and it owns us.”

In 2017, Kathy was a finalist in the John Fries Art Award, where she flew to Sydney to attend the opening night and celebrations. In her interview with the national broadcaster, the ABC, Kathy said “Everything is rolling in my mind, I can’t stop painting, I like to do it and bring it out through my heart, with the stories.” Later on in 2018, Kathy was a finalist in the regional Hedland Art Award for her prominent painting depicting an in depth story about Juwurlinji, often the subject in her paintings. Her ancestral Country is also known as Bow River, incorporating rich Ngarranggarni stories with recent histories of station life.