Jimmy Galareya Namarnyilk lives at Gamagowan outstation near the headwaters of the Mann River. His invested culture is of the highest order: his father was the last great Ubarr Man. His knowledge gives him the authority to paint, in a secular sense, the secret ritual of Ubarr dancers and senior conductors. These works, which are often portraits of celebrity individuals, hang alongside others depicting ancestral heroes and power beings — lightning men and clever men of dual identity and totemic animals. Jimmy’s paintings, like the man, are full of jump, kick and verve. As an artist his work is of the same high calibre as those of his neighbour Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek.

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