Jack Macale (Loodgengardinge)
Jack and his twin brother were born in Subiaco, in Perth, in the 70's, mothers were transferred from the Kimberley if they were having twins. He grew up in Fitzroy Crossing, in Junjuwa community. He moved to his grandfather’s country and started Biridu community in the early 90s when the land was given back.
With a mixed family background, Jack's grandfather is Bunuba, one grandmother is Walmajarri and the other grandmother is Djaru. Jacks fathers grandmother was Gooniyandi. His Walmajarri grandmother was Munmurria, Daisy Andrews, a famous artist in her own right, and as Daisy's close kin, Jack is a decedent of Jandamarra an aboiginal freedom fighter in 1890's.
Jack grew up immersed in the 'Dreaming' stories and traditions of his people and helped by the wisdom of his grandfather, a wise Aboriginal leader. His ability to read and write well helped him to bridge the gap between the two worlds he found himself in. He is able to reflect upon the joys and sorrows of his people and to articulate his thoughts both verbally and through his paintings. Jack is known to some as 'Loodgengardinge' and to others as 'Outback Jack'.
In school at Fitzroy Crossing, Jack was always into sports but won his first art award in 1990, His prize artwork still hangs in pride of place in the Education Centre. In 2006 Jack moved to Perth for four years which had an impact on his art. Working as an art teachers aid for one year, the teacher noticed his talent for painting and encouraged him to take his painting seriously.
Jack started sharing ideas with city artists, however he felt there was no personal meaning and he started painting from the heart with anger, missing his country but then noticed some of his paintings were too confronting.
He has been inspired on returning home to Biridii community near Fitzroy by his family's country and the need to share his traditional culture through his art. He started painting his ancestor’s country ,dream time, and stories of Jandamarra, and continues sharing these stories with people.
Jack started painting with Mangkaja Arts in 2010 and also with Warmun Art Centre in 2011, and then moved back to Turkey Creek for a while.
In 2014 Jack moved to Townsville in Queensland to extend his experience and develop his skills and creativity; however he returns to Family and Country as often as time allows.