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Jack Dale Mengenen / Two Wandjinas in Moonlight

SKU: NM1802

180cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas, 2007 (un-stretched)

$4,800.00

180cm x 60cm Ochre on Canvas, 2007 (un-stretched)

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Artist Profile

Jack Dale Mengenen was a Ngarinyin senior lawman, born in the bush on Mount House Station (via Derby), Far North Western Australia in c.1922. Jack was “custodian” of the traditional culture, stories, and beliefs of his Ngarinyin people, who inhabited the King Leopold Ranges of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. By the time he passed away peacefully in 2013 he was one of the most important Indigenous artists of the Kimberley region.

Jack was Kimberley history personified. His mother, Moddera, was an indigenous woman traditional to the Komaduwah clan that falls within the Mount House pastoral lease. Jack’s father, who died when Jack was a small boy, was a hard-living frontiersman who reputedly died (unlamented) as violently as he lived.

After a lifetime as a stockman, retirement sat heavily on Jack so he started to document his own rich cultural history and significant historical events in the Kimberley through his paintings.

There are no records of his birth. He was born at a time when it was common to kill the babies of indigenous women who were fathered by white men, either by the orders of the father, or by senior members of the mother’s clan concerned about possible disruption to tradition and social order in the future. It is uncertain why Jack’s life was spared. Following the death of his father, he grew up in the bush with his mother’s father, learning about traditional law and the ways of the hunter-gatherer, with a constant threat of being abducted by police and placed in an institution.

For most of his life Jack worked as a stockman and was greatly revered amongst old stockmen as a skilled, tough uncompromising man who was never thrown from a horse or beaten by a beast.

Melbourne natural history photographer, artist and entrepreneur, Neil McLeod visited Jack Dale during the late 1980’s at the suggestion of David Mowaljarlai and anthropologist Kevin Shaw. Ten years later, in 1997, re-introduced by Shaw, McLeod asked Dale if he would consider painting. The old man, by now in his 70’s was excited that someone had come to him at last to record his knowledge and traditions. McLeod supplied the materials and encouraged Dale to begin painting. As one of the last, dwindling, generation of old men who possessed a complete knowledge of the rituals, law and culture of his people Jack Dale had become a vital link to the past.

“When us old fellas pass away our history and stories will be in my paintings” – Jack Dale, 2007

SELECTED SOLD EXHIBITIONS

2000
“Jack Dale- Senior Law Man”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2001
“Jack Dale-Djumba Ceremonies”, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne

2002
“Jack Dale – Kimberley History”, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2003
“Jack Dale” Kintolai Gallery, Adelaide

2004
“Jack Dale – Narrungunni Dream Places” Japingka Gallery, Perth
“Jack Dale – Jalala” (Marking Stones), Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne

2006
“Jack Dale” Framed – The Darwin Gallery, Darwin
“Jack Dale – A Kimberley History” Japingka Gallery, Perth
“Jack Dale – Jalala Marking Stones” Coo-ee Aboriginal Art, Sydney

2007
“Jack Dale – Kimberley Personified” Art Mob Aboriginal Art, Hobart
“Jack Dale – The Stockman & the Medicine Man” Japingka Gallery, Perth

2008
“Jack Dale” – Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne
“Jack Dale Mengenen” – Artistry Galleries, Melbourne

2011
“Jack Dale Mengenen” –Japingka Gallery, Perth

In Jack's Words

Everything is from Water Wungud. Wandjina made these special places. When aborigines go hunting they put the little ones in the water. They are safe; the Wandjina sees their reflection and will look after them. All our children were born from Wandjina, and their names are from Wungud. People ask us what Wungud names are your children, and then they know where we come from. We dream those kids from one generation to another. The Wandjina lays right across the sky. He painted himself, he put tucker Mungari everywhere. He was on earth once; we can show you the rock shelter where he sat down.

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