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Jack Karadada

106 Career Overall Rank

- 2017 Market Rank

  • Born: 1920 - 2003

  • Region: East Kimberley, WA
  • Community: Kalumburu
  • Language: Wunambal

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Despite mission life once severely curtailing their traditional beliefs and practices, the artists of Kalumburu today are the financial mainstay of their small remote township found at the tip of the Western Australian coast. The Karedada family (named after their totem, the butcherbird or karadada) have been instrumental in this regard. Jack and his wife Lily, as well as other family members, provided artworks for the first exhibition of Wanjina paintings in Perth during the 1970’s. In those days, a small bark Wanjina painting could sell for 20 dollars, unlike recently when a bark by Jack Karedada sold for in London for 100,000 pounds. That particular image, Namarali – The First One, shows the great Wanjina who brought the first man and woman to the earth. When Namarali died from a spear wound to his side during a great battle that is said to have shaped the rugged, western Kimberley coastline, he was buried on a raised platform and his image painted in the caves. His spiritual essence resides there and still teaches humans how to live by the sacred Law and perform the rituals of life and death.

Jack Karedada’s Wanjina figures characteristically have their eyes joined or touching in the middle with a thin stroke of a nose or sometimes none at all, and no mouth. Their heads are surrounded by an impressive halo of rays. The rain making power of the ancestral Wanjinas once brought a great flood that swept away the previous landscape and society. (A myth possibly rooted in archaeological evidence from the ending of the last Ice Age). Such a catastrophe could easily occur again, we are told, if mouths are included in the image. The soft rain-like pattern inside and around Jack’s Wanjina figures brings life and fertility to the land. In the spectacular caves and rock shelves that house the original images, where young boys were taken for initiation and instruction in the responsibilities of manhood, the Wanjina are still re-touched with fingers and ground ochres by tribal elders. Their preservation has been facilitated by the transference to bark painting and the appreciation by a wider audience of these mysterious and enigmatic figures.

In Michael Edols film series, Lalai Dreamtime (1972), the traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle of this region is respectfully recorded, followed by the growing and destructive impact of the dominating European culture. The films were lauded by German director Werner Herzog (among other European directors) and inspired Herzog’s own filmmaking excursions to Australia. Present during the making of these films, Jack Karedada brought paintings to show Edols and the image of Namarali, complete with a human dangling from each hand, crossed intact the treacherous cultural divide. It was this painting that recently sold in at Sotheby’s London, attesting to the lasting and magnetic power of the Wanjina.

Profile References

Edols, Michael (director) . 1972. Lalai Dreamtime . film series. Ronin Films.
Klingender, Tim, (with Kim Akerman). 2013. The Presence of Greatness: early Wanjina paintings and Indigenous Art of Western Australia. Sydney. Tim Klingender Fine Art.

Sites

Subjects

Wandjina

Medium

Natural Earth Pigment on Eucalyptus Bark, Carved Wooden Artifacts

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
106
AIAM100 Rating
1.6509
Sold/Offered
8/10
Clearance Rate
80%
Average Price
$30,092
Total Price
$240,735
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Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2017

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Wanjina c. 1965

sale price: $13,927.00
auction: Joel Fine Art, Melbourne  lot: 21 date: 05/06/2007
95 x 50 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
2

Wanjina

sale price: $7,200.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Melbourne  lot: 213 date: 26/07/2010
145.5 x 67 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
3

Wandjina Spirit 1973

sale price: $5,750.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Sydney  lot: 126 date: 09/11/1998
?? cm Natural earth pigments and natural binder on eucalyptus bark
4

Wandjina Spirit 1973

sale price: $5,750.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Sydney  lot: 125 date: 09/11/1998
?? cm Natural earth pigments and natural binder on eucalyptus bark
5

Wandjina Spirit 1973

sale price: $4,600.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Sydney  lot: 127 date: 09/11/1998
?? cm Natural earth pigments and natural binder on eucalyptus bark
6

Wandjina Spirit 1973

sale price: $3,450.00
auction: Sotheby's Australia, Sydney  lot: 128 date: 09/11/1998
?? cm Natural earth pigments and natural binder on eucalyptus bark
7

Bark Painting of Wandjina, c. 1970

sale price: $0.00
auction: Mossgreen Auctions, Sydney  lot: 194 date: 18/08/2008
95 x 50 cm Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
8

Wandjina Figure, 1973

sale price: $0.00
auction: Phillips (U. K), Sydney  lot: 161 date: 02/05/1999
?? cm Natural earth pigments and natural binder on eucalyptus bark

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