Freda was born somewhere on the other side of Blackstone rockhole. She was a bush baby, who grew up with her parents and her mother carried Freda naked on her head, in her piti (wooden dish). Freda is a member of the Forbes family together with her sisters Jean and Shirley who paint at Papulankutja artists. Freda was a participant in the making of the grass Toyota which won the Telstra Award in 2005. Freda paints her country in stunning colour and detail.


2014 Desert Mob 2014
2014 Emerging Artists
2014 WOMAD Market with Tandanya
2012 Family Paintings Art Mob Hobart
2012 Colours Aritja Gallery Fremantle
2011 Desert Mob Araluen Centre Alice Springs
2011 Papulankutja Merenda Gallery Fremantle
2008 Desert Mob, Araluen 2008
2008 We are celebtrating, Tandanya Adelaide
2008 Dickerson Galley Melbourne, Papulankutja Artists Group Show
2007 Papulankutja Artists Group Show with Randell Lane Fine Art, Perth
2007 Big Country, gallery gondwana, Sydney
2007 Western Desert Mob Launch, Perth
2005 Blackstone Ladies, On Shore Art, Richmond, Vic
2005 Lirru Puru Kuniya Tjukurrpa, Perth
2005 Telstra Award 2005
2005 Women Artists of Blackstone, Cooee Aboriginal Art, Bondi, NSW


2005 Collaborative Award Spinifex Toyota - Telstra 2005
2006 The Marshall collection


My mother's country
The Seven Sisters

90cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic on unstretched canvas
75cm (W) x 75cm (H)
Acrylic on unstretched canvas