Collaboration Lindsay Nelson and Clifford Japiljari Thompson.
Lindsay was born in 1974 grew up at Ali Curang with Fabian. They went to school together and now paint together in the Brio. Lindsay speaks Walpiri his first language and Kaytetye. His country is Jarra Jarra. He initially worked for the Council at Ali Curang in Community Development before settling in Tennant Creek and working with the painting group. Lindsay’s father was an important ceremonial boss in the region and widely respected for his knowledge about Law and country. This is reflected in his sparse and elegant iconic work, the ceremonial language of his forebears.
Clifford belongs to the Kaytetye language group, his mother’s country is Karlu Karlu (Devil’s Marbles) and his father’s country is Jarrah Jarrah. He was brought up in Ali Curang and his interest in art began as a boy at school doing chalk drawings on small blackboards. Clifford went to school with Fabian and Lindsay and they still live close up in the south fringe camp. Clifford has a strong work ethic and has worked at the Nyinkka Nyunyu precinct in the gardens and in particular with suicide bead project which makes painted beads for young people at risk. He is currently working with the council fencing and paints for the Tennant Men's Brio. Clifford likes to paint to for its meditative process which assist shim to steer away from alcohol and keeps his mind off any problems. Painting is also a way for him to connect with country and remember his ancestors. Clifford preferred medium is acrylic on board. Clifford enjoys creating spacial patterns. His bold and rhythmic work depicts various aspects of life in Tennant and country, mainly from his mother’s country.