Clifton Mack

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Clifton Mack

Born: 15.09.1952
Skin: Balyirri
Language: Milstream Tableland
Tribe: Yindjibandi

Clifton is an elder of the Yindjibarndi people. He started painting in mid 2001 while participating in a tertiary education course at Cossack. Clifton’s art represents his country and its stories, bush tools, and native flora and fauna. While expressing his inner love for his land and his culture using the traditional aboriginal dotting technique, Clifton succeeds in producing beautiful artwork in a highly individual style.

Clifton is always experimenting with colour, often layering colours and patterns over each other which create an interesting dimensional depth to his canvases. He sometimes achieves this optical effect by painting one story on top of another. He also taps into non-traditional styles to further explore his ideas through art, giving rise to artworks that combine both traditional and contemporary influences.

Clifton’s father, the revered Yindjibarndi Rainmaker, Long Mack, carried the knowledge of water for his people. Knowledge of water, its locations, seasons, and an intimate understanding of the fresh water bringing serpent, Warlu, is a fundamental tenet of Yindjibarndi lore. Much of Clifton’s work relates this mindset of water and its flow through Yindjibarndi country.

Clifton doesn’t care much for time. He labours for hours on end, often spending more than a month on one piece. Working in layers, he doesn’t pronounce a painting finished until it ‘feels right’. One painting can have up to five different compositions in layers.
Clifton was selected to visit Italy as part of the ‘Antica Terra Pulsante’ exhibition in Florence in 2006. His work sold solidly in Italy and continues to enjoy considerable demand both in Western Australia and overseas.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)

2012 Clifton Mack Solo Exhibition Chalk Horse Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney

2009 Solo Exhibition Yinjaa- Barni Art, Japingka Gallery, Perth

2009 Yinjaa- Barni Art Solo Exhibition Chalk Horse Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney
2010 Solo Exhibition Yinjaa- Barni Art, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2010 Yinjaa- Barni Art Solo Exhibition Chalk Horse Gallery, Surry
Hills, Sydney
2010 Telstra 2010 Art Awards Darwin
2011 Solo Exhibition, Yinjaa- Barni Art, Japingka Gallery, Perth
2011 Yinjaa- Barni Art Solo Exhibition Chalk Horse Gallery, Surry
Hills, Sydney

Group Exhibitions

2011 Ngurra Nyingu, Woodside, Perth, WA
2011 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA
2010 Yinjaa-Barni Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA
2008 Colours of Our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth ,WA
2008 Invited Artist, Cossack art awards
2007 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA
2007 LNG15 World Conference, Barcelona, Spain
2006 Colours of our Country, Rio Tinto, Exhibition, Perth, WA
2006 Antica Terra Pulsante, Florence, Italy
2005 Yirramugadoo Rising, Sydney, NSW

Collections

Art Gallery of Western Australia
Vitali Gallery, Florence Italy

Awards

2011 RBS Emerging Artist Award Sydney, NSW.
2011 Invited Artist Cossack Art Awards
2009 Landscape, Oil or Acrylic
2008 Winner Invited Artist, Cossack Art Awards
2007 Overall Winner, Cossack Art Award
2006 Best Indigenous Artist, Cossack Art Award
2004 Best WA Indigenous Artist, Cossack Art Award
2003 Overall Winner Cossack Art Award
2002 Highly Commended Cossack Art Award