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Malcolm Maloney Jagamarra

Men's Ceremony - 1990

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
147.0 x 106.0 cm
Price Realised: $4,880.00

MP #723


Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. MJ 2030
Hank Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings

Malcolm Maloney Jagamarra was born at Aningie Station near Central Mount Stuart, N.T. His father was Gerry Maloney, an Irish Stockman, and his mother was Minnie Napanangka. As a child, he travelled the land on walkabout with his Warlpiri mother, who is also an established artist and whose artwork reflects her traditional heritage.


Although his mother had tried to keep him hidden in the bush, he was stolen from her care at six years of age and taken to Adelaide where he spent the next eighteen years. In 1978, he returned to his country at Willowra and was reunited with his lost family members. Jagamarra subsequently underwent the initiation ceremonies into manhood that he had missed as a boy. He began to learn the sacred songs and dances of his tribe, the Lander River Warlpiri, in 1983 and started painting when in his 30s.

Jagamarra's Dreamings include 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) amongst many others.