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Designer of the Parliament House mosaic and painter of the BMW Aboriginal Art Car, Michael Jagamara Nelson is one of the best known artists in the country. He is also a real Warlpiri man, an articulate exponent of Western Desert viewpoints on the internationally famous art movement in which he has played a key role. In this comprehensive study, illustrated by over 40 of the artists paintings and dozens of photographs documenting one of the most extraordinary careers in contemporary Australian art, Dr. Vivien Johnson interweaves the artists own perspective on his work with the social and political events which are inseparable from its strength in art. The reader will also be taken on a guided tour by the artist of the Dreaming sites depicted in his paintings, which are the foundation of both his art and his identity.