Jarrad has fast become one of the celebrated “young guns” of the contemporary Indigenous art world. His entry into painting is hardly surprising given his impressive lineage of famous artists and influences, including his grandmother, Barbara Weir.
Jarrad grew up in a close-knit community of talented and well respected Central and Western Desert artists. As a young boy he was introduced to painting by sitting and watching the prolific Emily Kame Kngwarreye paint, alongside his equally talented grandmother Barbara Weir. But it wasn’t until after his career as a professional footy player for the Melbourne Storm that he began paint seriously.
The theme of Jarrad’s paintings is Travelling Lines, which represents the paths travelled to scared sites and mens ceremonies. He uses bright colourful acrylics in the dotted line style, applied with an instinctive design aesthetic. He is promising new artist to look out for.