Joshua Jungarrayi Brady
I want my art seen so other people can look, learn and understand the importance of our Dreaming. We need to keep our culture strong.
Joshua Jungarrayi Brady was born in 1970 in Hawker, SA, a small town located in the Flinders Ranges. His mother and father live in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjajara (APY) Lands in South Australia, 40 km south of the Northern Territory. His mother, Yilpi Adamson Brady, is an accomplished Anangu/Pitjatjantjara batik artist, and painter residing in Pukatja community and his father, Lee Brady, is an Amata Community Leader. His grandparents, now passed away, were victims of the Maralinga testing and radioactive fallout. He has two sisters.
Joshua attended school in Adelaide and later studied at Woodville Art School, SA. Since leaving school, he has held positions in several government departments, including the SA Police and the SA Health Services, all based in the Aboriginal APY land communities. He is married and has recently relocated to Nyirripi, a remote aboriginal community located 150km south west of Yuendumu in the NT of Australia.
Joshua has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since early 2021. His interest in art was re-ignited when he discovered there was an art centre in Nyrripi. He paints his Father’s and Grandfather’s Jukurrpa, The Seven Sisters – Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjata Jukurrpa, stories related directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it and the Dreaming Creation Law strongly held by the Aboriginal people. These stories have been passed down to him by his parents and their parents before them for millennial.
Joshua is married and has one son.