John Prince Siddon

John Siddon is the son of Pompey Siddon, who was one of the founding painters at Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in Fitzroy Crossing in 1991. A Walmajarri man, he was born in 1974 in Derby, and spent his early years working on cattle stations until injured in a horse riding accident.

He now lives in Fitzroy Crossing and is married with a 16 year old son. He paints for Mangkaja Arts, but due to his wife’s chronic illness and his son having special needs, he has had limited time to devote to his art.

Asked what started him painting, Prince said there was no single event, but “Once he learnt to paint, he couldn’t stop”. He likes action in his art and enjoys watching animals, waiting for them to come to life in defining moments. His paintings are vignettes of the epic characters of the Narrangkarni (Dreamtime): bushmen, animal characters and theriomorphic gods which are a combination of the two.

Prince borrows his narrative formula from the traditional Kimberley craft of boab nut carving, with a touch more menace, or reality. He works in boab nut carving and painting, acrylic paint on canvas, and acrylic on carved wood such as ngurti (coolamons).

 

Courtesy of Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency

Language Group
Walmatjarri
Date of Birth
November 15th 1964