Paddy Japanangka Lewis
Paddy Japanangka Lewis was born circa 1925, in the bush around Yuendumu/Nyirripi. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, siblings and extended Warlpiri family. They would have travelled vast distances across desert country, showing him his sites and teaching him the traditional ways of his country. Paddy is the father of Dorothy Napangardi, the celebrated Aboriginal artist. He was a senior law man who lived and died in Nyirripi, an Aboriginal community 460 kms north-west of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. He painted with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, from 1999 until his death in 2011. He mainly painted his Mina Mina Jukurrpa, Dreamings associated with his country Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, which is significant to Napangardi/Napanangka women and Japangardi/Japanangka men. All of them are the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area. Multi-talented, he was also a performer and in 1999 performed in a short feature film called Marluku Wirlinyi: The Kangaroo Hunters, a tale of kangaroo hunting that weaves its way through Dreamtime, to the present and back again.