Yapa Art, NT
Kimberley Art, Vic Cat. No. CO/KA_47
Private Collection, Vic
accompanied by a certificate from Kimberley Art and photos of the artist with the artwork
Mick Namarari was born in sandhill country at Marnpi Rockhole south-west of the Mount Rennie Bore and was initiated in the Areyonga region. He worked in the cattle industry until he settled at Papunya. He was 45 years of age when, in 1971, he began painting under the guidance of Geoffrey Bardon as one of the founding members of Papunya Tula Artists.
During a career that spanned almost three decades Mick Namarari became a towering presence, whose variety of subjects and diversity of stylistic approaches kept him at the forefront of Western Desert painting. Geoff Bardon noted his ability as a painter from the earliest days of the movement when he 'could often unexpectedly be found late at night working away at his meticulous and marvellous paintings' (Johnson 2000: 191). Much later, he was to play a quiet but decisive role in instigating the Papunya Tula art movement’s increasing ethereal minimalism of the late 1980s and 1990s and in doing so significantly fuelled the international reputation of Australian Aboriginal art, thereby earning himself an ‘incomparable place’ in Australian art history.
This work can be interpreted as the perfect bridge between his early and late career works.
Namarari was awarded the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1991 and, in 1994, was a recipient of the Australia Council's prestigious Red Ochre Award.Share