Clifford Inkamala created rhythmic paintings in the late 1950s and 1960s. Although painting was not his main career, he created some capable interpretations of his country, and included emus as subjects in the landscape. All of the paintings were painted quickly, eloquently and schematically
Clifford Inkamala started painting in the mid-1950s (say, 1955). In October 1958 Clifford, then aged 31, was described as three-quarters Aboriginal and as a stone mason. Clifford was Western Arrernte, Subsection Mpetyane. Although painting was not his main career, it must have been a satisfying bonus to his income and morale. He was several years younger than Adolf and Gerhard.
Clifford’s wife Phyllis Myers was half Aboriginal. As at 1957 they had five children and were living at Hermannsburg.
There are four paintings in the author’s collection and one at Flinders University Art Museum. The area in which the following two paintings were painted may have been the Ubana range, which was the subject of two paintings by his brother, Adolf.