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  • Wunguru Country Londra artwork by Jack Dale - art listed for sale on Artplode

About Artist:

Jack Dale Mengenen (circa 1922 ? 8 February 2013) was an indigenous Australian artist, painter, and folklorist. He was also a "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. Mengenen preserved the Dreaming stories of the Ngarinyin. Mengenen is believed to have been born circa 1922 (no record was kept of the exact year) in Mount House Station, eastern Kimberley, Western Australia.[1] His father, Jack Dale, was of Scottish descent, while his mother, Moddera, was indigenous aboriginal and member of the Komaduwah clan who had traditionally lived on the land held by the Mount House Pastoral Lease.[ Usually, mixed race children were killed at birth in Western Australia, but Mengenen's life was spared. His father was a violent man, who was known to have murdered indigenous laborers in the area. He once shot Mengenen, his own son, in the leg when he tried to run away.] After Mengenen's father died an early, violent death, Mengenen fled into the rural Kimberley with his Ngarinyin mother, Moddera, who raised him according to indigenous traditions.He avoided Australian authorities, who would have placed in government-operated schools.[In 1942, Mengenen survived the Japanese attack on Broome, Western Australia, narrowly avoiding strafing from a plane. His friend was killed in the raid. He worked forty-six cattle stations throughout Western Australia as a station worker and stockman.He did not begin painting art until his retirement from that line of work Other notable indigenous Australian artists who began artistic careers after leaving cattle ranching included Paddy Bedford, Jack Britten, Queenie McKenzie, and Rover Thomas. In 2000, Neil McLeod, an art dealer from the Burrinja Gallery in Melbourne, persuaded Mengenen to begin creating art based on his life and his indigenous Ngarinyin culture.Mengenen traveled to Melbourne to meet with McLeod in March 2000, marking the first time that he had ever left Western Australia. Mengenen produced hundreds of paintings and other pieces through his collaboration with McLeod. He formed a close friendship with McLeod. Mengenen's first solo exhibition was held at the Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne in 2000.Examples of his portfolio of work are housed in public and private collections worldwide, including the National Museum of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and National Parliament Collection in Canberra. A major exhibition of his work was held at the Yapa Gallery in Paris, France.

Jack Dale

Wunguru Country Londra

  • 160 x 125 cm
  • Fine Art Category: paintings
  • Medium: ochre on canvas
  • Origin: Australia
  • Certificate of Authenticity: yes
  • Signed: Not signed
  • Comments: Paintings for sale Australia by Australian Aboriginal artist Jack Dale.
  • Price: $22,000.00 AUD
  • Seller: Framed - The Darwin Gallery, Australia

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  • Artplode ID: 399
  • Artplode Seller ID: 70

About Artist:

Jack Dale Mengenen (circa 1922 ? 8 February 2013) was an indigenous Australian artist, painter, and folklorist. He was also a "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. Mengenen preserved the Dreaming stories of the Ngarinyin. Mengenen is believed to have been born circa 1922 (no record was kept of the exact year) in Mount House Station, eastern Kimberley, Western Australia.[1] His father, Jack Dale, was of Scottish descent, while his mother, Moddera, was indigenous aboriginal and member of the Komaduwah clan who had traditionally lived on the land held by the Mount House Pastoral Lease.[ Usually, mixed race children were killed at birth in Western Australia, but Mengenen's life was spared. His father was a violent man, who was known to have murdered indigenous laborers in the area. He once shot Mengenen, his own son, in the leg when he tried to run away.] After Mengenen's father died an early, violent death, Mengenen fled into the rural Kimberley with his Ngarinyin mother, Moddera, who raised him according to indigenous traditions.He avoided Australian authorities, who would have placed in government-operated schools.[In 1942, Mengenen survived the Japanese attack on Broome, Western Australia, narrowly avoiding strafing from a plane. His friend was killed in the raid. He worked forty-six cattle stations throughout Western Australia as a station worker and stockman.He did not begin painting art until his retirement from that line of work Other notable indigenous Australian artists who began artistic careers after leaving cattle ranching included Paddy Bedford, Jack Britten, Queenie McKenzie, and Rover Thomas. In 2000, Neil McLeod, an art dealer from the Burrinja Gallery in Melbourne, persuaded Mengenen to begin creating art based on his life and his indigenous Ngarinyin culture.Mengenen traveled to Melbourne to meet with McLeod in March 2000, marking the first time that he had ever left Western Australia. Mengenen produced hundreds of paintings and other pieces through his collaboration with McLeod. He formed a close friendship with McLeod. Mengenen's first solo exhibition was held at the Flinders Lane Gallery in Melbourne in 2000.Examples of his portfolio of work are housed in public and private collections worldwide, including the National Museum of Australia, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and National Parliament Collection in Canberra. A major exhibition of his work was held at the Yapa Gallery in Paris, France.







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