Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1922 – Victoria, Australia 2003

Jacob Oberdoo [The Head Stockman The stockman] 1957-60 Place made: Port Hedland, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil; canvas oil on canvas Support: canvas

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: 97.0 h x 70.0 w cm framed 1120 h x 850 w x 60 d mm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1961
Accession No: NGA 61.30
  • Jacob Obaju, who sat for this picture in an old bus in Port Headland, was an elder in the aboriginal community of the Pindara Cooperative - 'one of the business men of the McLeod people'. The portrait was left unfinished then reworked in Sydney, with Obaju being stripped of a few years. 'I have painted a young man instead of the original elder. One could title such a picture "A Kimberley Stockman" or any such suitable description', wrote Sam Fullbrook in a February 1957 letter to Terry Clune.

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