Walangari Karntawarra

Walangari Karntawarra

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DOB: 1961
Born: Alice Springs, Northern Territory

WALANGARI WANGARDI KARNTAWARRA JAKAMARRA, also known as COLIN MCCORMACK, was born in Alice Springs in 1961.

He is of the Arrernte, Luritja, Walpiri, Yankuntjatjarra, Pintubi and Alyawarre peoples of the Central and Western Desert.

Walangari has held many executive positions and directorships of various Aboriginal Councils. He chaired CAAMA (the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), the first Aboriginal owned radio station and was a director of the first Aboriginal television station, Imparja. He is committed to improving the lot of his people and helping ensure that the voice of Aboriginal Australia is heard.

He has Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees and an Associate Diploma of Aboriginal Education.

Walangari has designed and conducted his own very successful cross-cultural course at the Institute of Aboriginal Development in Alice Springs. The course was attended by many overseas and local professionals and students.

Like the course, Walangari sees his paintings as a form of communication between cultures.

Walangari is multi talented. He is a gifted musician and dancer, with a wonderful stage presence.

It was the legacy of his famous great-grandfather, Albert Namatjira and the inspiration of his grandfather Clifford Possum that encouraged him to paint.

While his paintings tell the traditional stories of his people and feature the iconography of the "Western Desert", Walangari uses a fuller colour spectrum and unique effects to forge a striking path within modern Aboriginal Art.

His paintings are widely acclaimed and he has exhibited extensively both in Australia and overseas.

In 1995 he painted the first prize for the inaugural Indigenous Surfing Competition sponsored by Billabong and Coca Cola.

Walangari's life and paintings have been featured in many publications, including the "International Artist" magazine.

The Australian Museum featured Walangari in the CD ROM that they produced as part of their "Living Colour" exhibition in March 2000.

He was commissioned to paint a work for the Rugby World Cup Paris Exhibition in 2003 and in the same year his work featured in the annual selling exhibition "Art Paris" in the Carrousel du Louvre.

The National Gallery of Australia has acquired one of his early works.

In 2010, Walangari won the Deadly Award for Visual artist of the Year

Australian National Gallery, Canberra
Stuttgart Museum, Germany
Costello Collection, Sydney
Kneed-McDaid Collection, Sydney
Jagamarra Collection, Sydney
Mural, University of NSW, Sydney
Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory


Global Colours, Sydney
Jagamarra Productions,Sydney Saga Fjord, Cruise Ship,
Museum of Sydney
Dymocks Sydney Inaugural Artist of the Month
Master Artist in Residence, Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, NT



Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
Parker Gallery, Sydney.
Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney.
Gallery Savah, Sydney.
Elizabeth Gallery, Sydney.
Wagner Gallery, Hong Kong.
Old Circus, Paris.
Gondawana Gallery, Alice Springs.
Wagner Gallery, Sydney.
Mountain Artery, Katoomba.
Volerkunde Muesum, Vienna.
Vienna Hilton, Vienna.
World Heritage Collection, NSW State Parliament.
Dreamtime Gallery, Santa Fe.
Bruce Watling Gallery, Southport.
Father John Thierry School, Sydney.
Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs.
Private Gallery, Brussels.
Third Annual World Tattoo Convention, Frankfurt
Musee Espace, Beziers, France.
Galerie Luc Queyrel, 34, rue Mazarine, Paris.
Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney.
"Heart of Australia", Sydney Airport.
Aust. Olympic Exhibition,Galeries Lafayette, Paris.
Phat Cat, Invercargill, New Zealand.
Lotus Gallery Surfers Paradise QLD
Xzibit, McMahons Point, Sydney.
Black Fella's Dreaming, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Art Paris, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris.
L'Art Emmele Exhibition, City Hall, Paris.
Batchelor Institute, NT
The Outback Gallery, Sydney