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Jack Dale Mengenen Paintings

Jack Dale Mengenen Paintings

Jack Dale Mengenen - Major paintings of the Wandjina Country of the West Kimberley by one of Western Australia's great artists.

Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen (c1920- 2013) painted the stories of the Kimberley through the eyes of a man who experienced the history of place directly in his own life. His paintings are a revelation – gritty, scarred ochre paintings, often figurative, telling stories of events that took place in the landscape that Jack Dale knew well.

The Wandjina figures are authoritative, sometimes shown with the sites where their exploits took place. The historical and personal stories relate to an era where Aboriginal people were hunted and shot, or imprisoned in chains and removed from their country. Images of police chain gangs, massacre stories and enforced labour gangs are set against stories of station life and missionary settlements. The journeys made are alive with history – Jack remembered specific journeys with donkey carts, Afghan cameleers, drovers on horseback, blackfellas on foot.

Jack Dale Mengenen was born out in the bush at Mt House Station in the west Kimberley around 1920. His early life was moulded by the experience of conflict between cultures. Jack’s Aboriginal mother, a Ngarinyin woman, tried to keep her son away from his violent white father.  Jack Dale senior was known for his brutal character, having once shot his own son in the leg to stop him from running away.

When his father died, Jack Dale returned to his mother’s family and was brought into traditional Ngarinyin Law by his grandfather. His traditional country is Imintji, located near Mt House Station. Jack went on to lead a remarkable life that bridged both cultures. He was a highly regarded head stockman and bushman as well as a respected tribal Elder and Lawman.

After retiring from a life on the stations Jack Dale began painting in the 1990s, working with traditional ochre pigments. He has made large ceremonial boards used by traditional dancers to re-enact Dreaming stories. He has used his extensive cultural knowledge to record aspects of the Wandjina Dreaming sites of his people. He has also recorded his own memories from a long life lived at the frontier of Kimberley life, recalling the historical changes he had witnessed.

Jack Dale Mengenen’s paintings are a remarkable account of life in the Kimberleys over eight decades. Aboriginal art status – Highly regarded artist.

Selected Exhibitions:

2000    Jack Dale – Senior Law Man, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2001    Kimberley Works, Burrinja Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2001    Jack Dale- Djumba Ceremonies, Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2001    Wandjina, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney NSW
2002    Jack Dale – Kimberley History, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2003    Jack Dale, Kintolai Gallery, Adelaide SA
2004    Jack Dale, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne VIC
2004    Jack Dale- Narrungunni Dreamplaces, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006    Jack Dale – A Kimberley History, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2006    Jack Dale, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney NSW
2006    Jack Dale, Framed Gallery, Darwin NT
2007   The Stockman & the Medicine Man: Jack Dale & Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011   Jack Dale Mengenen, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle  WA

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Gulun Duen Springs by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Gulun Duen Springs

Jap 010719  |  ochre on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Five Wandjinas by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Five Wandjinas

Jap 004375  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  205 x 144 cm

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Arawadi and Wandjinas by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Arawadi and Wandjinas

Jap 006405  |  ochre on canvas  |  170 x 146 cm

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Argula Djunba – Dance Board by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Argula Djunba – Dance Board

Jap 006401  |  ochre on board  |  139 x 92 cm

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Jalala – Whirlwind by Jack Dale Mengenen and Biddy Dale

Jack Dale Mengenen and Biddy Dale  |  Jalala – Whirlwind

Jap 003596  |  ochre & pigments on canvas   |  92 x 128 cm

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King Leopold Ranges by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  King Leopold Ranges

Jap 012581  |  Ochre on canvas  |  130 x 86 cm

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Wandjinas from Arawadi by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjinas from Arawadi

Jap 003590  |  ochre on canvas  |  94 x 122 cm

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Wandjina by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina

Jap 004774  |  ochre & pigments on canvas   |  182 x 115 cm

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Wandjina – Inside the Gorge by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina – Inside the Gorge

Jap 005909  |  ochre & pigments on canvas  |  71 x 59 cm

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Wandjinas – Iondra by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjinas – Iondra

Jap 004379  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  200 x 115 cm

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Boab Prison Tree by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Boab Prison Tree

Jap 006416  |  ochre on canvas  |  118 x 84 cm

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Owl by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Owl

Jap 004376  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  203 x 126 cm

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Jalala – Marking Stones by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Jalala – Marking Stones

Jap 004773  |  ochre & pigments on canvas   |  183 x 140 cm

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Wandjina and Jalala by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina and Jalala

Jap 004378  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  202 x 112 cm

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Jalala – Making Stones by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Jalala – Making Stones

Jap 003589  |  Ochre and pigments on linen  |  120 x 91 cm

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Wandjina by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina

Jap 004738  |  ochre on canvas  |  211 x 63 cm

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Evan Springs Wandjina Hand by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Evan Springs Wandjina Hand

Jap 006415  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 92 cm

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Wandjina-Undu Yali Gidi by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina-Undu Yali Gidi

Jap 003597  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  204 x 70 cm

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Wandjina and Baby by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina and Baby

Jap 003598  |  Ochre and pigment on canvas   |  182 x 63 cm

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Boab and Marking Stones by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Boab and Marking Stones

Jap 004377  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  197 x 114 cm

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Donkey Wagons and Wandjinas by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Donkey Wagons and Wandjinas

Jap 006406  |  ochre on linen  |  200 x 134 cm

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Baby Dreaming – Munda Way by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Baby Dreaming – Munda Way

Jap 003583  |  ochre and pigments on linen  |  182 x 60 cm

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