Untitled (Boab Tree) natural earth pigments on artists board 61 x 45cm (24 x 17 3/4in).
PROVENANCE: Painted in the early 1980s Acquired directly from the artist in the mid 1980s Private collection
Jaminji spent most of his younger years as a stockman in the north-east Kimberley. In 1969 new legislation was introduced requiring equal pay for Indigenous workers which resulted in widespread unemployment. He and hundreds of others left their homelands. Jaminji settled in Turkey Creek, becoming one of the founders of the Warmun community. He began to paint regularly around 1980 and became renowned for his Gurirr Gurrir boards, painted under the instruction of Rover Thomas. In this particular work, the artist uses the same elements as in the ceremonial boards: a central, simple motif against a plain background. The palette is minimal. The site marked by this tree, may indeed be the same as that in the Gurrir Gurrir cycle, an example of which is held in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra entitled Still near Yulunpu (Boab Trees), 1983.