Born in the late 1940’s, the Australian aboriginal artist M.J. Nelson grew up in the bush, moving to Papunya in 1976. Here he worked in a government store and observed the work of older artists for many years before he began to paint regularly in 1983. Nelson is a senior Warlpiri tribesman and custodian of many Dreaming stories. He believes it is his responsibility to preserve, in paint and print, stories that can assist the teaching of others about his tradition and culture. He won the National Aboriginal Art Award in September 1984, and had his first solo exhibition in Melbourne at the Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in 1989.