Jagamarra was born in the Australian outback in 1954. He is the
son of Minnie Napanangka, a Warlpiri woman and Gerry Maloney an
Irish Bushman. At the time as part of the 'Aboriginal Assimilation
Program', all part Aboriginal children were taken from their families
and placed in white environments. At the age of six, Jagamarra was
discovered by the authorities and taken to Adelaide where he spent
the next eighteen years. In 1978 he returned to Alice Springs and
was reunited with his family for the first time since 1960. Jagamarra's
art evolves from his tribe's ceremonies. Aboriginal paintings were
originally daubed on the ground and on bodies of the people and
were not preserved. Since 1971 they have been transferred onto canvas.
"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 they are the oldest forms of writing in the world. Malcolm's
works have been exhibited world wide in reputable private and public
galleries. The artist himself has also toured extensively across
the globe, promoting his people, and their culture.
He has exhibited widely in both Australia (New South Wales, Syndey,
Melbourne, Alice Springs) and internationally in such varied places
as The Reichs Museum-The Netherlands, Rosequist Gallery-Touscan,
Throckmorton Gallery-Santa Fe, Bahti Indian Art Gallery-Touscan,
Barbara Gilman Gallery of Dreaming- Miami, Malagra's Gallery- San
Antonio, Bird in the Hand and Mendelson Galleries-Pittsburgh, Stuttgart
Gallery-Stuttgart, Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery-Germany, Rebecca
Hassock Gallery-London, Wager Art Gallery-Hong Kong. In 1998 his
works were included in the "Out of Australia" exhibition
at Lui Hai-Su National Art Museum, Shanghai China and in 1999 he
was featured in the Indigenous Art of the Dreamtime Exhibition,
United Nations Building-New York, New York.