Michael Nelson Jagamara | the artist




The artist Michael Nelson Jagamara
Born 1946/49, Pikily west of Yuendemu, Australia.

Style and technique of the artist: Traditional Aboriginal Art, Painting, Sydney Biennale,


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Yam Dreaming’ and other works
Born around 1946 at Pikily west of Yuendemu, in Central Australia, aboriginal artist Michael Neslon Jagamara grew up in the bush and remembers hiding in fear at his first sight of white men at Mt Doreen station. He is a senior Warlpiri tribesman and custodian of many Dreaming stories. He believes it is his responsibility to preserve, in paint and print, the stories which can assist the teaching of others about his tradition and culture…
When BMW asked him to hand paint one of their M3 race cars as part of itís Art Car Project, he joined the ranks of some of contemporary art’s most illustrious names like Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol.
Jagamara is a key figure in the renewal of contemporary Aboriginal painting, which began at Papunya, in the Western Desert, in the 1970s. His best-known work is a mosaic for the forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra. Kangaroo is a graphic representation of this totemic animal. Three strong black lines indicate the marks left by the two feet and tail of a kangaroo in the desert sand. Based on a traditional design, the energetic painting style shows the artistís assimilation of western expressionist painting to the Indigenous totem…


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