Ricardo Jampijinpa Gallagher Australian, Warlpiri, b. 2001

Ricardo Jampijinpa Gallagher was born in Alice Springs Hospital in 2001, the closest hospitalto Nyirripi, a remote aboriginal community located approximately 430 km from Alice Springs inthe Northern Territory of Australia. He is the son of Sabrina Nungarrayi Gibson and thegrandson of Mary Napangardi Gallagher, major Warlpiri artists in Australia and overseas. Hegoes to the Kardinia International College in Geelong, Victoria and enjoys acting and Studio Art.He has two sisters and one brother.When home visiting family during the school holidays,Ricardo continues the family tradition ofartists, painting for Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned andgoverned art centre located in Yuendumu and Nyirripi. He paints his father’s Yankirri Jukurrpa(Emu Dreaming), stories which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animalsthat inhabit it. These stories have been passed down to him by his father and his father beforehim for millennia. “I like painting my Jukurrpa . . . it keeps me busy and focused . . . it is verysatisfying.” Ricardo uses design and an unrestricted palette to depict his traditionaliconography.When Ricardo is in Geelong and not studying, he paints realistic paintings, at presentlandscapes, and he does community service at Gordon, Geelon