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Feona Bates

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Feona Bates is a Barkandji artist, based in Broken Hill. Her mother is  Muriel Riley, who is also an artist and weaver. As a child she lived for some time with her uncle,  artist Badger Bates, accompanying him on field trips, she learned about the Aboriginal way of living, Aboriginal stories, and how to express the meaning of those stories through art. Feona’s own style of art encompasses sketching with lead pencil, watercolours, pastels, charcoals, acrylic paints and ochre, as well as lino cuts.

Feona  is a member of the Broken Hill Aboriginal Justice Group and works as a tour guide, informed by a detailed knowledge of the Aboriginal art found in and around the Broken Hill region and created by members of up to seven different tribes in far western New South Wales.

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