Rusty Peters grew up on Springvale Station learning traditional law and working as a stockman. He later moved with his family to Mabel Downs and then lived for some time at Nine Mile reserve. During the 1980s, Rusty made prints and did some painting while working for Waringarri Arts. In 1997 he moved to Crocodile Hole where Freddie Timms had based the Jirrawun Aboriginal Arts Group. It was there that Rusty began to paint on canvas.
Rusty's detailed knowledge of the land and stories from Springvale Station and neighbouring Moola Boola Station is reflected in distinctive paintings with traditional red and yellow ochres and black charcoal. While recognisably part of the 'Warmun style', the intricate curves mapping Country and the dark caves and rivers in his pictures are particular to Rusty's work. After the closure of Jirrawun Arts in 2010, Rusty Peters returned to paint with Warmun Art Centre.
Courtesy of Warmun Art Centre & Frances Kofod