Born Bedford Downs, Western Australia, c.1945


Formerly a Kimberley stockman, Freddie Timms began painting while with the Waringarri Arts initiative at the Warmun community in north-western Australia in the 1980s. At Warmun he painted along side Rover Thomas, Jack Britten and his father-in-law George Mung-Mung. His paintings are characterised by their ochre colour palette, and combine topographical aerial views of his country around the Purnululu National Park with his knowledge of Dreaming sites and stories.

Timms has also painted images with political content addressing Aboriginal treatment in Australia, and in the 1990s co-founded Jirrawun Arts Centre to ensure fairer payment practices for Indigenous artists in that region.

Timms has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been represented in the significant group exhibitions Jirrawun in the House: A Contemporary Experience from the East Kimberley, Parliament House, Canberra (2005); Interesting Times: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2005); True Stories: Art of the East Kimberley, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2003); Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley 1993–94, National Gallery of Victoria (1993); and ARATJARRA: Art of the First Australians, touring Germany, London and Denmark (1993).