Lot #28 

Diggin’ a hole in our heart

Jacky Green 

107 x 65 cm
Acrylic on canvas
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This piece has a reserve. 
This piece comes professionally stretched.

About the Artist

Jacky Green is a Garawa warrior and artist. He was born in 1953 in a creek bed on Soudan station in the Northern Territory where is father was working at the time. School was the bridle and the blanket, learning on the pastoral stations. He was taught Law by his grandfathers, father, uncles and other senior kin. His early life was spent working as a stockman on pastoral stations in the Gulf Country.

His extensive knowledge of the Gulf Country and its peoples was developed through ceremony, song, hunting, fishing and gathering, and travelling through Country with the old people. For the past thirty years he has worked tirelessly with the Indigenous peoples of the Gulf; fighting first, to get Country back in Aboriginal ownership, and then to protect and care for it.

In 2005, he, along with other Garawa and Waanyi people, started the Garawa and Waanyi/Garawa Ranger groups to care for over 20,000 square kilometres of ancestral land, and to create meaningful work in a remote and challenging region with few employment opportunities.

About the Work


“I want the government and mining companies to know that we are still here. We aren’t going anywhere. We aren’t dead yet. We are still here, feeling the country." Jack Green

Notable Collections
  • The Australian War Memorial

  • The Australian National University

Recent Exhibitions 
  • 2018 Open Cut Jacky Green, Seán Kerins, Therese Ritchie, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, 24 February to 31 March.

  • 2017 Open Cut Jacky Green, Seán Kerins, Therese Ritchie, Darwin Festival, Northern Centre for Contemporary Art, Darwin 5—28 August.

  • 2016 Social Licence, Flow of Voices 3; Jack Green, Stuart Hoosan, Nancy McDinny with Miriam Charlie, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, 29 October to 26 November.

  • 2014 Frontier History, Flow of Voices 2; Jacky Green, Stewart Hoosan and Nancy McDinny, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, 22 May to 5 July.

  • 2014 Art & Mining, Flow of Voices 1; Jacky Green, The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, 11 April to 17 May

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