Wirrumanu, Old Mission
Kukatja, Ngardi and English
Before 1999, John was involved in ceremonial painting and produced only a couple of paintings in 1993 and 1995. John believed that while his father (Donkeyman Lee who was a senior law man and leading painter) was still alive, it was not necessary for him to paint. Since Donkeyman’s death he has accepted his role to pass on the family heritage.
John’s paintings have emerged in a distinctive style with the predominance of a black background giving them a striking and bold appearance. John emphasizes the need to sit and listen and learn from nature, from the country where he gains his wisdom. Being a strong representative for the community, John is a gifted and articulate spokesperson. He sees himself as a bridge builder through his ability to communicate across cultures.
Balgo Hils Artist 2002, Art Mob, Aboriginal Fine Art, Battery Point, TAS
Balgo Artist Return to Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, ViC
|2000||Anything But Silent, Desart Gallery, Sydnew, NSW|