"My father and the old people taught me how to paint when I was young. I painted on cave walls and did body painting for ceremonies and dancing. I like to paint. It gives me a good feeling in my heart. I do this so that my people can know the stories so that those stories won't get lost."
Paddy Carlton was born in Goordamangoo country on Legune Station in the Northern Territory. He grew up in the 1920s and 30s, which was known as the wild times or killing times.
Paddy Carlton's imagery reflects the richness of his cultural connection and love of traditional country. Developed over many years, his stylistic repertoire became increasingly simplified with compositions featuring strong iconic forms and occasional delicate dotting against often bold backgrounds. His signature images of the 'Lightning Men', usually only painted during the build-up storms, were preceded by hours of singing of his country – Booloobooloobi.
Paddy Carlton passed away in 2006 and is sadly missed.
Courtesy of Waringarri Aboriginal Arts