Born: 1955 People: Lander River Warlpiri Language: Warlpiri Area: Lander River, Central Western Desert. N.T.
Jardiwanpa (Fire), Warna (Snake), Yarriprir (Green Snake), Ngapa (water), Ngatijirri (Budgerigar), Napaljarri-warna (Seven Sisters), Wulyparrari (Milky Way), Wardapi (Goanna), Marlu (Rock Kangaroo), Purruparnta (Frog), Ngarlkirdi (Tree Witchety Grub), Wanakiji and Yakajirri (Bush Tomato), Yarla (Bush Potato), Marnakiji (Bush Lantana), Marlpa (Bush Beans), Pirli-ngawurrpa (Rock Wallaby).
Kirda: (Owner) Wulyparrari (Milky Way), Pawa (Mount Barkly), Warntaparri, Pirliwarnawarna (Yirdi), Yalyajiyi (Central Mount Stuart).
Kurdungurlu : (Policeman) Wardarpi (Goanna), Munyupanji (Boomerang Hole), Kunanyirri
(Mount Leichhardt), Purturlu (Mount Theo), Patirlirri, Yinapaka (Lake Surprise).
Art Gallery of New South Wales Sydney, Australia; 1992 Club Med Queensland, Australia; Crystal Fahren Hoest Gallery Hamelen, Germany; Mendelson Gallery Pittsburgh, Pa, USA, Oct. 1993; Rebecca Hossack Gallery London, United Kingdom; Parker Gallery Sydney, Australia; Global Colours Sydney, Australia, Jan 1994; Youth Theatre Brisbane, Australia, April 1995.
Kellogs’ Australia; Hardy’s Wines Australia; Duty Free Shoppers Sydney, Australia; Telecom Australia; Sandscapes United States of America; Responsible Drinking Campaign Northern Territory Government, Australia.
SBS Television Australia; ABC 7:30 Report Australia; Channel 9 – Wonder World Australia; Cable Network Television United States of America; Qantas Inflight Video Magazine International; NTD8 Television Northern Territory, Australia; The Bulletin (Newsweek) Australia; Antiques and Art Magazine Australia; Telegraph Mirror Melbourne, Australia; The Age Newspaper Melbourne, Australia; Inside Melbourne, Sydney, Australia; 2SER FM Sydney, Australia; Sydney Morning Herald Sydney, Australia; The Australian; Australia Koori Mail Sydney, Australia; Australian Way Qantas Inflight Magazine; Qantas Inflight Video; The Age Special Edition – Melbourne, Australia.
“200 Unsung Heroes and Heroines of Australia” “Modern Art – Ancient Icon”
“A Myriad of Dreaming – 20th Century Aboriginal Art”
“NANGARA, the Australian Aboriginal art exhibition” Ebes Collection
Art Gallery Of New South Wales Sydney, Australia, 1992; Barry Stern Gallery Sydney, Australia, 1992; Argyle Gallery Sydney, Australia, 1991; Gallery Savah Sydney, Australia, 1993; Emerald Hill Gallery Melbourne, Australia, 1992; Tribal Arts Gallery Melbourne, Australia, 1992; Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings Melbourne, Australia, 1992; Queensland Art Gallery Brisbane, Australia, 1992; Reichs Museum The Netherlands, 1990; Rosequist Gallery Tuscon, Arizona, USA, 1991; Throckmorton Gallery Sante Fe, New Mexico, USA,1991; Bahti Indian Art Gallery Tuscon, Arizona, USA, 1991; Stuttgart Gallery Stuttgart, Germany, 1991; Rebecca Hosack Gallery London, United Kingdom; Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery Vineyard, Germany; Barbara Gilman Gallery of Dreaming Miami, Florida, USA; Malagra’s Gallery San Antonio, Texas, USA; Bird in the Hand Pittsburgh, Pa, USA; Mendelson Gallery Pittsburgh, Parker Gallery Sydney, Australia, February 1994/5; Pa, USA, Oct 1993; Wagner Art Gallery Hong Kong, August 1994; Holdsworth Gallery Sydney, Australia, February 1995; FireWorks Gallery Brisbane, Australia, May 1995; Nangara Exhibition, Belgium 1996; Gauguin Gallery, Singapore, 1996.
He underwent the initiation ceremonies into manhood that he missed as a boy, in 1983. It was then that he learned the sacred songs and dances of his tribe, the Lander River Warlpiri.
Jagamarra’s art evolves from his tribe’s ceremonies. Aboriginal paintings were originally daubed on the ground and on bodies of the people and were not preserved. Since 1971 they have been transferred onto canvas. “It has given everyone a chance to learn about Aboriginal Dreaming,” says Jagamarra. “Our art reflects not just the land but its mythology, song and dance.” The symbols are called iconography and they are the oldest form of writing in the world. Jagamarra was the first Aboriginal Artist to use oils on his paintings and he is the leader in his style. Considered one of the most talented and dynamic Aboriginal Artists working in Australia, he has been instrumental in forging new directions for traditional art.