Melissa Craig “Jingalu”
Jingalu traces her Aboriginal heritage to the Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl people in northern NSW. She draws inspiration from her personal and family experiences as well as the over all history of Aboriginal Australia. Her work includes canvas, ceramics, cards, prints, labels and clothing.
“20 years I have been doing art. I left school when I was 17 and got into a fine arts course in Cairns.
I got home sick and returned home & started up my own Batik business. When I fell pregnant with my first child I sold my business and I bought paints. I had a lot of support from Bronwyn Bancroft who mentored me and was instrumental in my arts practice and I had my 1st solo in 1994 at Rose Bay at the Rainbow serpent.
I went to America 1 year after that and had a couple of solo exhibitions. Guest speaker at Colorado world conference. I have licensed my artwork on several products with companies.
I think I have my own style… I am inspired by water and coastal scenes. My heritage and stories.”