Harry Japanangka Dixon

Harry Japanangka Dixon

Artworks

Biography

Harry Japanangka Dixon was born in 1939, in the bush on Napperby Station, 122 km north of Alice Springs in the NT of Australia. His childhood memories consist of stories associated with the Coniston massacre of Aboriginal people, which happened ten years before he was born, but where he lost family. His mother passed away in Coniston and his brother and sister have both passed away. When he was a child the older people would take him out bush, showing him sites and teaching him the traditional ways of his country. When he was a young man he worked everywhere, branding cattle and working on stations at Coniston, Mt Denison, Napperby and Yuendumu. He is married to Lucy Napurrurla Ross (Dixon), a well-known artist with Warlurklungu Artists. They have four children and two cheeky granddaughters, Mileeta and Aileen Dixon. He lives in Yuendumu and is an active member of the community and is a committee member of the Mt Theo Program, a program dedicated to developing strength, health, meaningful pathways and leadership in Warlpiri youth. Harry has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 1989. He paints his father’s Jukurrpa stories, Dreamings which relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were passed down to him by his father and his father’s father before him for millennia. When Harry is not working for the community or painting he likes to carve from wood found around Yuendumu.