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Fire Dreaming MJN Kangaroo Dreaming: (1999) (acrylic on linen)

Kangaroo dreaming is probably the most painted by Michael and takes place at Mt Singleton. In this image you can see the kangaroo footprints and the imprint of the kangaroos tail - there are on the top and bottom of the painting at the centre. The arc in front of the kangaroo is where it lay down to rest. The three parallel lines on each side of the painting are the rain which put out the fire that is depicted in the centre of the painting. The roundels are caves where the Kangaroo ancestores hid during the fire and rains. The snakes and perentie on the edge are common designs in Michaels work.

This paiting is to be depicted in the Dorling-Kindersley Childrens Encyclopedia.

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Kangaroo Dreaming Kangaroo Dreaming (2002): (125x71cm acrylic on linen)

Kangaroo dreaming takes place at Mt Singleton to the west of Yuendumu. In this image you can see the kangaroo footprints and the imprint of the kangaroos tail - there are on the top and bottom of the painting at the centre. The arc in front of the kangaroo is where it lay down to rest. The central roundels are caves around Mt Singleton where the ancestors hid. The snakes depicted give a strong symmetry to this painting and add to its overall appeal.

Kangaroo Dreaming Kangaroo Dreaming(1998) (130x80cm acrylic on linen)

Kangaroo dreaming takes place at Mt Singleton to the west of Yuendumu. In this image you can see the kangaroo footprints and the imprint of the kangaroos tail - there are on the top and bottom of the painting at the centre. The arc in front of the kangaroo is where it lay down to rest. The roundels are caves around Mt Singleton.

Kangaroo Dreaming Kangaroo Dreaming: (2001) (134x84cm acrylic on linen)

This shows how Michael experiments with new techniques which he sees as he travels around the world visiting galleries and exhibiting his work. Here the background is a magnificent yellow with a spatter pattern on top of that background. The design and story is then painted on top and you can see the kangaroo, meeting places, where the kangaroo slept. On the side of the painting the horizontal "triple" bands are rain and hail is represented by the small circles. The roundels are caves where the Kangaroo ancestors hid

Womens Dreaming Womens Dreaming (2001) (100x81cm acrylic on linen)

Michael was given this dreaming from his mothers and grandmothers side. The central roundel is an important site and the central arcs are women sitting down. The lines next to them are their digging sticks. The roundels are other important sites. The designs on the top and bottom are in Michaels words, "There to make it flash"

Womens Dreaming Womens Dreaming:(2002) (128x121cm acrylic on linen)

Michael was given this dreaming from his mothers and grandmothers side. The central roundel is an important site and the central arcs are women sitting down. The lines next to them are their digging sticks. The two blue circles are water holes.

Emu Dreaming Kangaroo Dreaming: (2003) (127x72cm acrylic on linen)

This is the same story as represented above (the yellow one) and is a recent style painted by Michael and is quite striking. Gone are the fancy colours and he paints in either brown and white or white and black. This style has become very popular in Europe and is much sought after for those decorating in a "minimalist" style.