John Stanton Interview, Part 2

Hunters by Revel Cooper, pastel on paper, 29 x 38cm, c.1948. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Melvie, Stan and Gael Phillips, Berndt Museum of Anthropology, The University of Western Australia [1992/0114].

In a previous blog post, I linked to three film clips from the interview I did on the 6th of October 2017 with my colleague John Stanton about the Aboriginal child artists of Carrolup. Here are three more film clips from this interview, all which are on The Carrolup Story YouTube channel. You can find a variety of other film clips on this channel.

Although Noel White had an extraordinary ability in encouraging his pupils to draw, he was not, himself, trained as an artist. He had a low level of formal accreditation as a teacher, but possessed a great deal of empathy.

The Carrolup children were clearly fascinated with the changing quality of light on the landscape, including the moonlight, which is depicted in a number of the artworks.

Parnell Dempster and Milton Jackson said that there was an element of competition between the Carrolup artists when they were working on their drawings, as they hid them from each other. However, once the drawings were completed, there was a good deal of discussion as the boys critiqued each other’s work.

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