February 16th, 2016
Maria Malay collects ochre from dry creek beds around Bedford Downs, in the east Kimberley, for her paintings.
It’s her maternal Grandmother’s land and spiritually the ochre is an egg from the Rainbow Serpent. Her grandmother Junal was an important figure in the East Kimberley community and considered the keeper of many Kija traditions and the “mother” of the country covering Bedford Downs.
Maria is also of Afghan descent; her grandfather is Mahomet Malay, an Afghan camel driver and trader who worked on the Kimberley’s early frontier, and her father is Sally Malay (the son of Junal) who was a well known stockman in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s and died in 1999.
March 3rd, 2015
Some really lovely limited edition framed prints and unstretched canvases have landed in the gallery this week. The artworks are by Jimmy Pike, Jenuarrie Judith Warrie and Dr Mary Mclean. This collection was acquired in the early 1980′s directly from the artists, the owner was a big collector of Jimmy Pike’s works. All of these artists have excellent credentials having works in the National and State Galleries as well as a long history of producing fine artworks of significance.
February 11th, 2015
Michael Nelson Tjakamarra (jagamarra, jakamarra)
( Wikipedia )
Tjakamarra was born at Vaughan Springs in the Northern Territory around 1949. He first saw white men at Mt Doreen station and remembers hiding in the bush in fear. Michael lived at Haasts Bluff for a time with the same family group as Long Jack Phillipus Tjakammara. Later his parents took him to Yuendumu for European education at the mission school. He left school after initiation and worked pig shooting, driving trucks, droving cattle and was in the Army before coming back to Yuendumu and then to Papunya to settle and marry his current wife. He moved to Papunya in 1976 and worked in the government store and observed the work of many of the older artists for many years before he began to paint regularly in 1983.
Michael is famous for his significant granite mural in the forecourt of the new Parliament House, which he designed in 1988 his 27 foot long painting for the foyer of the Sydney Opera House in 1987 and also for his BMW Art Car Project.
Indigenu is proud to represent the owner in selling one of Michael’s paintings as a significant investment artwork. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tony on 0404 149 617 to express your interest in this artwork.
Some more examples of Michael Work.