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Artist: Magani
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Artist:  Mick Magani  (Australia 1920–1984)

Collected  : Central Arnhem Land , Northern Territory, Australia  1977

Size: 15cm x 50cm

Magani was a member of the Mildjingi clan from the area of Gatji Creek in Central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. Magani was a colorful character whose personality seems also to be expressed in his works.  In his youthful years he was forced to leave the Methodist Mission station of Milingimbi after throwing a spear at one of the European staff; he subsequently spent some time in Fanny Bay Jail, Darwin.
He later returned to Milingimbi and by the 1950s had become an established bark painter. Soon after the government settlement of Maningrida was established in 1957, Magani moved there and became one of the main ceremonial leaders of the community. He later moved back to his birthplace. His immense energy and humour was captured well in David Attenborough’s account of him in “Quest for Under Capricorn”  where a caption to one of Attenborogh’s photos is titled “ Magani, the finest artist in Maningrida” .

Magani’s works are held in l major state and national galleries in Australia and overseas including

•        National Gallery of Australia
•        National Gallery of Victoria
•        West Australian Art Gallery and Museum
•        Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney
•        Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
•        The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia



Last Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2018 18:21