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Prince Of Wales

Body Marks - 2000

synthetic polymer paint on canvas
60 x 45 cm
Price Realised: $6,100.00

MP #692


Provenance

Karen Brown Gallery, NT Cat No. kb0651
Private Collection, NSW

Born with the tribal name Midpul, Prince of Wales grew up with his mother’s people, the Wadgigiyn, on the Cox Peninsula across the harbour from Darwin. He spent much of his adult life living at the beach camp at Cullen Bay, now an expensive marina development. His father, Imabul, was known as King George and this, perhaps as much as the fact that Midpul danced for Queen Elizabeth during a royal trip to Australia in the 1960s, resulted in his familiar ‘English’ name.

Despite suffering a stroke prior to gaining fame as an artist, Prince of Wales was the first contemporary Aboriginal artist from the Larakia region to gain wide renown. He painted the traditional body designs used in Danggalaba ceremonies, a subject with specific sacred cultural content.