Malcolm Jagamarra Maloney was born in 1955 at Aningie Station, near Central Mt Stuart. Malcolm describes himself as a Lander River Warlpiri. This traditional country is called Wantaparri and is some 60kms west of Willowra in the Tanami Desert. His mother is Minnie Napanangka and his father was Gerry Maloney, an Irish Stockman. Malcolm spent his early years living a traditional lifestyle on the land. He was taken away by the authorities at the age of 6, for being of mixed descent. It was then he travelled to Adelaide boys school, where he spent his early years in the city. In 1978 Malcolm returned to his homelands and began to learn his culture. He learnt the language of his people, the song, the dance, how to hunt malu and how to paint for ceremony. His principal dreamings are Wana (Snake), Walu (Fire), and Ngapa (Water).He also has family connections with Budgerigar, Seven Sisters and Goanna.
“It has given everyone a chance to learn about “Aboriginal Dreaming,” says Jagamarra. “Our art reflects not just the land but its mythology, song and dance.” The symbols are called “iconography” and are the oldest in the world.”
Jagamarra was the first Aboriginal artist to use oils on his paintings and he is the leader in his style. He is considered to be one of the most talented and dynamic Aboriginal artists working in Australia and has been instrumental in forging new directions for his art.
John Ah Kit
Alan John Ah Kit was born in 1960. His father was born at Bourke, a town in the Gulf country, N.T. and his mother was born in Central Australia at Hatches Creek. His creation of "Mimi" Spirit shows this friendly spirit which lives in the crevices of rocks and only comes out at night to dance and play in the shadows of the moon. This is a must see art rug.
Hill has made a firm commitment to discover the history and culture of her people. Her most recent work revolves around her origins as a black child growing up in a 'White' world. Her creation of "Barramundi", a fish native to Australia, illustrates in her art rug "a shooting star in a dark and a muddy pond".