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2023 Revealed Exhibition: New and Emerging WA Aboriginal Artists

Michael Banks

Art centre



Lives and works

Ballajura, Perth

Banks is a Wongi man born and raised in the north-west of Laverton in Mulga Queen. He went to school with the old people, with his grandpop, learning the bush language, how to tell stories, how to make spears and boomerangs. Banks listened to what they said. When he was older, Banks worked on cattle stations in and around Mt Weld where he learnt to ride a horse by his uncles and rode around in an old army Willy Jeep chasing kangaroos. Banks is a self-taught visual artist currently based in Ballajura, Perth. His paintings are memories of his life, of his Country, inspired by his old people’s stories of the Dreamtime, and of how it used to be. Banks’ strength in colour harmonising allows for reminiscent landscapes, vibrant memories of Country, as well as haunting portraits.

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