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 Jack Dale  (1920/22 - 2013)

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Lived/Active: Australia      Known for: Aboriginal painting

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BIOGRAPHY for Jack Dale
1920/22 ( Mt House Station, west Kimberley, Australia)


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Aboriginal painting

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He was born in the bush at Mt House Station, in the west Kimberley.  His early life was marked by the experience of conflict between different cultures.  Jack’s Aboriginal mother, a Ngarinyin woman, tried to keep her son from his violent white father.  Jack Dale Senior was a wild Scotsman renowned for his harsh uncompromising character, who once shot his own son in the leg to stop him from running away.

His father died however, when Jack was still young and to his good fortune Jack was taken under the wing of his Aboriginal grandfather who taught him Narrungunni law and protected him from the prevailing social attitude toward mixed blood children.

Jack Dale Mengenen began painting in the 1990's, working with traditional ochre pigments.  He has made large ceremonial boards used by traditional dancers to re-enact Dreaming stories.  He has used his extensive cultural knowledge to record aspects of the Wandjina Dreaming sites of his people.  He has also recorded his own memories from a long life lived at the frontier of Kimberley life, recalling the historical changes he had witnessed. These have included the arrival of afghan camel drivers, the enforced captivity of aboriginal workers, the conflicts between whites and blacks, the work of missionaries, and other sometimes humorous memories from life in the stock camps.

Jack Dale Mengenen said “That’s why I know every Wandjina my grandfather showed me, you can only put your Wandjinas in paintings, nobody else’s, that’s all.

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