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Michael Banks


  • Year


  • Medium

    Acrylic on canvas

  • Size

    20 x 25

This is the ground place where they gather up food - the bush store. Hunting kangaroo, goanna, emu, honey ants and all that. Bush turkey. Echidna. That never runs out for starving people. Rock hole there. We don’t use guns, we use spears for shooting kangaroo.

Revealed 2023 Artist Michael Banks

  • Born


  • Lives & 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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