Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra is one of the founding members of the Papunya Tula Artists and his exquisite artworks pay homage and acts as instruments to preserve his culture ancestral traditions. Born in his mother’s country ‘Kalipinya’ [an important Rain Dreaming site] he grew up in the bush west of Pilininyanu until his teenage years when his family settled in Haasts Bluff. Here he remained, working as a labourer and stockman until in 1959 when Papunya was established and he moved location to work as a councillor and school yardman. He along with Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri, Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, were selected by fellow male Papunya peers to paint the instrumental ‘Honey Ant Dreaming’ mural on the school wall. Although being a good Christian [1984: ordained Lutheran pastor], a family man with five children, his skills regarding hunting and tribal knowledge are unsurpassable. Thus, he is considered to one of Australia’s most knowledgably and leading Aboriginal Artists and his artworks unique locate tradition within the contemporary.
Janganpa (Possum) Dreaming
The Janganpa Group are Warlpiri and Anmatyere people, originally from the remote regions of Central Australia, north west of Alice Springs, now living in Alice Springs. Janganpa is the Warlpiri word for 'possum', an important totemic animal, but which has now, unfortunately, disappeared from the desert regions of Central Australia.
Certification of Authentisity
All the artworks from redrock gallery are fully certificated.
This Paintings comes with:
- Photos of the artiest painting
- Certification of Authentisity
- Biography of Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra
- Introduction of the Dreaming
- Introduction of the symbolism