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Jack Forbes-Walker (Biripi), Nango 'Mother'

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synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 2023


Nango means Mother in Gathang language. The four meeting places on the outside represent me and my three siblings. The one in the middle represents my mother. I wanted to spotlight my mother for all the sacrifices she has made to raise her children. While we are separated by distance the flowing background represents the ongoing connection we have with each other through culture and Country.


Artist Bio:

Jack Forbes-Walker is a proud descendant of the Biripi people of the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Raised and born on Awabakal Land in Newcastle and currently based in West Footscray, Jack has been honing his technique and telling stories through his painting. Traditionally Jack uses acrylic on canvas as his medium but has also worked with clay, making plaques and bowls combined with traditional Aboriginal design.

Through his paintings stories are told about the past, present and future. The inspiration for his painting is developed through stories being passed on, personal experience and surrounding nature.

In 2021 and 2022 Jack placed in the Australian Multicultural Community Services Art Challenge. Jack was a participant in the High Tees Artist in residency program 2022. Most recently, Jack presented works at the ‘Show your west-side’ exhibition.