Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri (1926-1998)
The prestigious National Aboriginal Art Award was won by Mick in 1991 with his painting “˜Bandicoot Dreaming“’. From 1992 until the time of his death in August 1998, he continued to explore new directions. He was one of the painters who exemplified the notion that Aboriginal painting was not static but allowed the artist free reign to experiment, change and adapt. Accordingly his paintings, displaying subtle but powerful images, have remained fresh and exciting after twenty eight years of continuous output.