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Jacob Obaju Theme: The Land

Birth/Death: 1922

Title: Jacob Obaju

Credit Line: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

Jacob Obaju, who sat for this picture in an old bus in Port Headland, was an elder in the aboriginal community of the Pindara Cooperative - 'one of the business men of the McLeod people'. The portrait was left unfinished then reworked in Sydney, with Obaju being stripped of a few years. 'I have painted a young man instead of the original elder. One could title such a picture "A Kimberley Stockman" or any such suitable description', wrote Sam Fullbrook in a February 1957 letter to Terry Clune.

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