BiographyLofty Nabadayal was born ca. 1926 in Western Arnem Land, Australia. The community he lived in was Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) while the Outstation was Kurrukgurrh, Marlkawo, Mankungdjang. Nabadayal died in October 2009.
Nabadayal was a prominent Aboriginal artist who created many paintings. His art works are in the collections of the Australian Museum in Sydney, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney as well as the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. He participated in many exhibitions, both solo and group. In 1999, he received the National Aboriginal Art Award offered by the Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences in Darwin. In 2004 he was named an officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia as part of the Australia Day Honors. One of his paintings was selected for use as an Australian 40 cent stamp in 1982.
The Kangaroo painting in the Fine Arts Collection by Nabadayal was donated to the College by Jutta Fischer (Herrmann) Anderson in honor of her sons, Lars Gunnar and Niels Holger Anderson. It is part of a collection of aboriginal art which Jutta Anderson purchased while living in Australia in 1974. The kangaroo is shown in the classic “x-ray” design showing the heart, lungs, muscles and backbone.
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Sotheby’s Australia, 2005;