Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1922 – Victoria, Australia 2003
[The Head Stockman The stockman] 1957-60
Port Hedland, Western Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, oil; canvas oil on canvas Support: canvas
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.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra