Karumapuli (Jacob Stengle) is an Indigenous Artist from the “Old School” who instead of collecting diplomas prefers the practical ‘Master Class’ of bursts of colour splashed, scratched and clawed onto the creaking canvas. He follows this primal approach with quiet meticulous finishing brush strokes all to the resonating symphony of Vivaldi.
He portrays in his images the two worlds from which he comes.
Born in the May of 1954 to a Tanganikald Mother (her Country being the Coorong in South Australia) and a Czechoslovakian father from Prague, he was taken from his mother and became part of South AustraIia's 'Stolen Generation'. He was then pIaced in Colebrook, a children's home in the Adelaide Hills at the very young age of 3 years old, remaining there until he was 16 years of age.
Many years were spent searching for his heritage, his place in the outside world, trying feverishly to find his way in life and where he belonged.
Karumapuli (Jacob) always practiced art from a very early age, as one of the superintendents at the home was a practicing oil painter. They would come to spend many hours together with a young Jacob watching with eager eye as what was once a blank canvas was transformed to life before his very eyes.
In later life Karumapuli attended Art School, as well as worked with other professional artists.
Over the last 45 years Karumapuli has experimented with many art mediums. He uses mostly Polymer Acrylic, but is also proficient in watercolour, pastel, ink and pencil.
Karumapuli’s Art was at times interrupted but also at times influenced by the tragic loss of his two adult children and the soul destroying passing of his grandson whom he raised. In those days alcohol was his escape.
Those days are gone and his demons tamed, every day is a new canvas with art mirroring life.
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