Michael is known as master desert painter for his depiction of several Dreamings in one painting. For him the understanding of the Dreaming stories that go with his paintings is all important – without the stories his paintings would ‘mean nothing’ as far as he is concerned. His Dreamings include the Possum, Snake, Two Kangaroos, Rock Wallaby, Bush Banana, Honey Ant and Yam.
In 1984 Michael won the National Aboriginal Art Award with his painting ‘Three Dreamings’. His reputation as a painter rose rapidly after this. He exhibited his work in the 1986 Biennale of Sydney and featured in ‘The State of the Art’, a British art documentary. In 1987 Michael had been asked to paint a major work (27’long) to decorate the foyer of Sydney’s Opera House and he chose to paint his ‘Possum Dreaming’ story. A great highlight in Michael’s career was in 1988 when he was commissioned to design a 196 sq-metre mosaic in the main forecourt of Australia’s new Parliament House in Canberra. The work was based on his ‘Kangaroo and Emu’ dreaming. Michael was presented to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, when she officially opened the building.
During 1988-89 one of Michael’s major works “Five Stories” was reproduced on the catalogue cover for the Asia Society’s exhibition, ‘Dreamings, The Art of Aboriginal Australia’, in New York. In this exhibition Michael’s participation included ground painting and ceremonial dance which he executed with the Papunya elder Billy Stockman. Michael undertook a commission in 1989 to paint a BMW, M3 racing car by hand. In 1993 he was awarded the Australia Medal for his services to Aboriginal Art.
Michael is a ‘real Walpiri man’, a philosopher and an articulate exponent of Western Desert viewpoints on the internationally famous art movement in which he has played such a key role. Michael has gained worldwide recognition, participating in several national and international solo and group exhibitions. Today his paintings are represented in major private and public collections throughout the world, including Australia, Europe, Asia and the United States of America.
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- Photos of the artiest painting from start to finish
- Certification of Authentisity
- Biography of Michael Nelson Tjakamarra
- Introduction of the Dreaming
- Introduction of the symbolism