Long Jack Phillipus Jakamarra
Born c. 1932 at Kalimpinpa an important rain dreaming site
north east of Kintore. His father who was Walpiri came from Parikurlangu to the north of
Kalimpinpa and his mother who was Walpiri/Luritja came from Kalimpinpa. Long Jack grew
up in the bush west of Mt Farewell and came to Haasts Bluff as a timber contractor
and stockman and married Georgette Napaltjarri and they have two sons, three daughters and a number
of grandchildren. He lives in Papunya and is close to his kinship brother Michael
Long Jack (so called because he is quite tall - about 1.88m) has been part of the art movement
since the beginning of the 1970's when he was a yardman and Councillor
at Papunya . Long Jack and
Billy Stockman Japaltjarri both offered their services
in painting a number the smaller murals around Papunya school before the painting of the large
Honey Ant Mural. The painting of the Honey Ant Mural is recognised as the beginning of the
Western Desert Painting Movement.
Many of the old Aboriginal men from the Walpiri and Anmatyerre tribes (Long Jack included)
were educated by the Lutheran mission and they believe devoutly in both their traditional
dreamtime as well as in the Lutheran teachings. In 1984 Long Jack was ordained as a
Lutheran pastor and he performs services most Sundays for his people in Papunya.
His paintings depict Hare, Wallaby, Kingfisher, Dingo, Possum, Storm and other dreamings
in the Mt Singleton area. Long Jack has a unique style of painting and uses combinations
of colours, and dots on top of dots, that gives a striking effect when viewed from a distance.
Long Jack took the Northern Territory Golden Jubilee Art Award in 1983 and the Alice
Springs Art Prize in 1984. His work is displayed in a number of collections including
Robert Holmes a Court Collection in Perth, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery or
Western Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales,
University of Western Australia Anthropology Museum, The Museum and Art Galleries of
the Northern Territory, Victorian Arts Centre, Wellington Museum in New Zealand,
Woolongong City Gallery, National Gallery of Australia and Groninger Museum in the Netherlands.
Here are some examples of the work by
Long Jack Phillipus Jakamarra.
This biography was compiled in part from Aboriginal Artists of the Western Desert - A Biographical Dictionary, by Vivien Johnson.
Further information on Long Jack can be found in Geoffrey Bardon's Book, Papunya Tula - Art of the