aboriginal artist: Cliff Reid

VIEW available works by Cliff Reid

BORN: 1948-2010 (deceased)

LANGUAGE: Ngaanyatjarra

COUNTRY: Blackstone, W.A.

Cliff was a ‘bush baby’, meaning he was born out bush with his mother and father, travelling in a largely nomadic lifestyle. He grew up in the Jameson area and went to school for a short time at Warburton Mission.

Cliff started painting in 2003 and loved to tell the many stories associated with his paintings.

Cliff Reid lived at Blackstone in Western Australia which is located approximately 1350 kms north east of Perth, near the South Australian border, with his traditional lands overlapping into South Australia.

Cliff was a rare artist whose works stands alone in style from other artists in the region. In his raw, figurative fashion, in a bold and powerful manner he painted traditional stories that can directly ‘communicate’ and which are instantly identifiable to the wider community who are accustomed to seeing paintings containing traditional symbolism or pure abstract from this region.

Cliff sadly passed away in 2010, leaving behind his legacy of seven children – 3 to his first wife, and 4 to his second wife.


Ngirntaka Man

Rainmaking Stories

Seven Sisters

Exhibitions – selected:

2008 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2005 Way Out Bush, Art Mob, Hobart

2004 Sala Festival, Kintolai Gallery, Adelaide

Group Exihibitions:

2005 Snr Artists from the communitys of Blackstone and Patjarr, Gabrielly Roy, Waterloo, NSW

2005 Way Out Bush, Art Mob, Hobart

2005 On Shore Art, Richmond, VIC

2005 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2005 Lirru Puru Kuniya Tjukurrpa Randell Lane Fine Art Perth

2004 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs

2003 Desert Mob, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs


Swift – Largerberg collection, Perth

Dr. Bernadt Collection WA

National Gallery of Victoria

The Marshall Collection