Sebastian Japanangka was born in 1991, in Alice Springs Hospital, the closest hospital to Yuendumu, a remote Aboriginal community located 290 km north-west of Alice Springs in NT of Australia. Sebastian was born into a long line of artists. He is the great grandson of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Dec) and Bessie Nakamarra Sims (Dec), two of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. His father is Andrew Japangardi Williams, his mother is Juliette Nampijinpa Brown and his grandmother is Wendy Nungarrayi Brown. He has one sister Shanna Napanangka Williams. All respected artists working at the art centre.
Sebastian has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, an Aboriginal owned and governed art centre located in Yuendumu, since 2009. He paints his Father’s Wardapi Jukurrpa (Goanna Dreaming) – Yarripilangu and his Mother’s Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming). These stories relate directly to his land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. Sebastian uses an unrestricted palette and traditional iconology that stretches back at least fifty millennia to depict his traditional Jukurrpa.
Although Sebastian began painting at an early age it wasn’t until recently, while participating in community service work at Warlukurlangu Artists, that his interest in painting was renewed. When not painting, he likes working at the Art Centre, spraying and preparing metal sculptures or priming canvases for artists to paint. He also has two children, and spends time with them, having fun and watching videos together.