Clifton Mack is an elder of the Yindjibarndi people. He started painting in 2001 while participating in a tertiary education course at Cossack. Clifton’s art represents his Pilbara country and its stories, the rocks of the Pilbara Region and the flora and fauna. While expressing his inner love for his land and his culture using his own particular way of painting, often in small patches of colours laid out in lines, 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 entire story on top of another. He also taps into non-traditional styles to further explore his ideas through art, giving rise to artwork that combines 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 freshwater-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. In 2010 and 2014, Clifton was a finalist in the prestigious Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. He has won many prizes at the Cossack Art Award, the largest regional art award in Australia, and he won first prize in the Royal Bank of Scotland Emerging Artist in Sydney. His work is represented in National, State and private collections, and he exhibits regularly in private galleries in Fremantle and Sydney.




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