Mary Nabraula and Allan James

Mary began to learn painting at an early age, initially from her mother and aunties.  She first learned her own Dreaming stories from her parents and relatives, then began painting traditional, iconic representations of her Country and Dreaming stories.
Mary’s father, Jack Yaula Jagamara Long, was also a well known artist.  Her mother, Ruby Wana Nalyiri was an artist too, and taught her from a young age.

She was invited to join the painting group at Willowra Art Centre, where she further developed her skills, and was included in several group exhibitions.  She progressed steadily over several years and became a solo artist, gradually selling and exhibiting her works locally in Alice Springs.  Since that time she has been selling to local galleries and collectors within Australia and overseas.

Her main Dreaming story is the Damper Seed Dreaming, which she depicts in various forms and stages, usually expressing seasonal imagery including damper seeds, damper seed bush, leaves and flowers.
She has also painted Bush Berries Dreaming and Frog Dreaming.  The latter is her auntie’s dreaming story, and she has encouraged Mary to depict these delightful images of tiny desert frogs (although Mary refers to her aunt to tell the Frog Dreaming stories herself).

Allan originates from the Torres Strait Islands.  He grew up with his uncle, Ronnie Cooper, in the “top end”, Northern Territory, around Katherine and Darwin.  His uncle showed him his Country in NW Arnhem Land, where he also met extended family and relatives from his uncle’s clan. (Muran) He became interested in this country, and learned to paint his images of that country, watching the old people paint, and being taught by them.

This is a combination of Mary’s Damper Seed Dreaming, (in a seasonal context,(growth from the roots) using some of Allan’s iconography, depicting water and irrigation.


 
Title: This is Damper Seed Dreaming (acrylic on canvas)
Artist: Mary Nabraula and Allan James
Price (AU): $450.00

Last Updated: Saturday, 25 May 2019 09:15

Authenticity

We purchase all artworks directly from the Artists (who painted them), or from Community Art Centres.

The information about artists vary greatly, and mostly, this information is provided by the artists themselves directly.  Artists also vary greatly in the way they talk about themselves and their artworks.  There are often limits they have from their families and community, about how much, and what they can say about the iconic images, and symbols in their artworks.  The works and biographies of well known artists are more widely available, whilst new and emerging artists don't have a large work biography.  As individuals, artists can be reserved, shy, or, outgoing and prolific in their stories "yarns" and life histories. There are various levels and / or interest (or confidence) in English language usage and skills.  In the majority of Indigenous Central Australian communities, English is usually not the first spoken language.

All of the paintings in this collection of artworks, come with a "Certificate of Authenticity" issued by IDAH (us), or by the Art Centres from which we have acquired artworks.
The Certificates of Authenticity, or Certificate of Provenance provides information about the Artist and the Artwork.
Although the Certificates vary, they usually have an image of the artwork;  title of artwork; and name of the artist;  and some information about the artist and the artwork.  
Our Certificates have an image of the artist with the completed artwork, and some basic, or more detailed information about the artist and the painting, (with a couple of exceptions).  
Artists sign their paintings, usually on the back of the canvas, whilst some others sign on the front.  Usually they print their name, and community, and date.  They will often write some of the story, and/or explain the icons and their meanings.  This depends on how much detail of their Dreamtime stories and images they can talk about.

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