Born: Alice Springs 1955
Area: Barrow Creek
Skin Name: Apengarte
Born in Alice Springs in 1955, Reggie first took up painting as a young fella attending the Alice Springs Convent School. Although he won numerous school art awards, Reggie learnt his art outside of school by watching older artists painting in the Todd River and Chinaman’s Creek.
First adopting a “Namatjira” style of landscape painting, Reggie began painting scenes around his home town and sold his first painting at the mission block store.
Over the years Reggie worked on stations as a station hand and fencer, painting on the side when he had a chance. Since 1985 he’s been a professional artist experimenting with adopting traditional dot painting style to tell his stories about life in his mother’s country in Central Australia around Barrow Creek and Neutral Junction Station.
Using aboriginal symbols and drawing on his own experience of the bush, Reggie’s paintings tell stories of hunting, gathering bush tucker and traditional Aboriginal lifestyles.
Reggie uses a range of colours, especially the ochres of red and yellow oxides, on a black canvas. He is currently experimenting with paints which dry in a matt finish order to give the painting a more “original” feeling. His distinctive speckled colour background effect is achieved using leaves. Some of the larger more intricate paintings can take up to three months to complete.
Over the past few years Reggie’s work has gained increasing recognition and exposure. Since moving to Darwin he has participated in national Aboriginal Art Awards several times. His work is bought by tourists and locals alike from art galleries and roadhouses along the ‘Track” between Alice Springs and Darwin.
Reggie dreams of opening his own gallery to make money to retire back to the bush.
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