To celebrate local Indigenous artists, a gallery art wall has been created in partnership with The Cultural Centre at Stockland Townsville. Meet local artist Jack Macale, and find out about his work below.
Jack is a local Indigenous currently residing in Townsville. Jack was born in Subicao W.A. and grew up in Fitzroy Crossing, in the Junjuwa community. He moved to his grandfather’s country and started Biridu community in the early 90s when the land was given back.
Jack is of many nations, his grandfather is Bunuba and his grandmothers is Walmajarri and Djaru. His father’s grandmother was Gooniyandi and his Walmajarri grandmother is Munmurria Daisy Andrews who is a famous artist.
It was in 2006 when Jack’s art teacher noticed his skill in painting and was during this time, he started to take painting seriously. He started painting from the heart with anger, missing his country which reflected in his paintings which were too confronting. Jack started painting his ancestor’s country, dream time, and stories of Jandamarra which he preferred sharing these stories with people.
Jack’s artworks are showcased at Townsville’s local markets and also has a collection of works at the Big Eye Arts & Cultural Centre in Townsville.