Zakius Jack

Zakius Jack

Language:LuritjaDate of birth:1970-06-19Community:Haasts BluffArtwork themes:Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay)

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Zakius was born in the bush near Papunya in 1970.  He is the son of Ikuntji Artists’ founding member Eunice Napanangka Jack and Gideon Tjupurrula Jack. Eunice was born in Lupul in the Sir Frederick Ranges, and travelled to Haasts Bluff with her parents as a child during ration days. Gideon was born in Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) at Pinarri and also came into Haasts Bluff in the 1940’s. Zakius says, “Father walked from lake (Mackay) to Hermannsburg long time ago, he was a stockman. From there, he went to Papunya.” Both Eunice and Gideon began painting at Ikuntji Womens Centre (now Ikuntji Artists) since its opening in 1992.

Zakius is the youngest of his siblings, his older brothers are Tutuma Jack and Albie Jack, and their sister, Marlee Jack, has passed away. Zakius and his brothers grew up surrounded by art as both of their parents and grandparents (Papunya Tula Artists founding member Tutuma Jack is his grandfather) are acclaimed artists. 

Zakius moved to Haasts Bluff as a young child with his family. He went to school in Haasts Bluff and then to Yirrara College in Alice Springs. Zakius was married in 1986 and has three children, Marilyn, Marlene and Lynette. Zakius says that all three of his children paint occasionally. Zakius lives primariy in Tjukurrla but returns to Haasts Bluff to spend time with his family and to paint.

Zakius began painting at Ikuntji Artists mid-2008 and is the only of his siblings that continues to paint today. His father, Gideon taught him to paint on canvas from the age of twenty. He paints Wilkinkarra – Lake Mackay, the country and Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) of his father and grandfather. Zakius employs traditionally simple and effective style in his work, having attracted attention from visitors and commercial galleries alike. Zakius has featured in a number of exhibitions and is represented in galleries in Australia and France.



Past Exhibitions

  • Desert Mob Market Place 2019 2019-09-07
  • Desert Mob Market Place 2018 2018-09-06
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2018 2018-08-09
  • 3rd Annual Environmental Defenders Office of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Art Auction, Darwin and Sydney 2018-05-01
  • Desert Mob, Araluen, Alice Springs NT 2017-09-08
  • One Country - Many Stories, Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane 2017-06-20
  • WOMADELAIDE, Adelaide 2016-03-10
  • Ancestral Presence - recent works by Ikuntji Artists, June Marriott Gallery, Central Craft, Araluen Cultural Precinct 2015-08-28
  • Art Parade, Whistlewood VIC 2015-04-03
  • Art Parade 2015 2015-03-06
  • Around the Campfire - Fundraiser Concert, Alice Springs 2014-10-17
  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2014-08-07
  • "Ikuntji Works" Scotch College, Melbourne vic 2011-01-01
  • ARTKELCH @ kptec, Schorndorf, Germany, "Men at Work. Aboriginal Art in der Fabrik" 2009-01-01
  • Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney, "IKUNTJI ARTISTS" 2009-01-01
  • Centred Art, Brisbane, "New Paintings from the Desert" 2009-01-01
  • Artequity, Sydney, "Land and Mythology - Art of the Western Desert" 2009-01-01
  • Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs NT, "Desertmob" 2008-01-01
  • Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, "Yungkiya & Kulunnypa - Old & New" 2008-01-01
  • Artitja Fine Art, Perth W.A., "Cultural Connections - Desert Stories" 2008-01-01
  • Footsteps Gallery, Brisbane, "Ikuntji Painters" 2008-01-01