John Prince Siddon is the son of Pompey Siddon, who was one of the founding painters at Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency in Fitzroy Crossing W.A in 1991. A Walmajarri man, he was born in 1964 in Derby, and spent his early years working on cattle stations until injured in a horse riding accident.
He now lives in Fitzroy Crossing and is married with a 16-year-old son. Prince has been painting with Mangkaja since 2009. However due to his wife’s chronic illness and his son having special needs, he has had limited time to devote to his art. Working out of his bedroom
“Just like I said, paintings bring memories. Back whatever young or old. When you start to paint, you’ll never stop! Many of our old people did most painting of their own on their own land, they love even the animals.
Well to me, I’m doing the same, trying to piece every animal whatever where they from; East, West, South, North- trying to paint them together. Like mix them up, just like a jigsaw. I paint animals who fight each other, hate each other, and sometimes love each other.
You know, back when I was young teen, I loved horse riding. But we were forced to work on cattle stations, as juveniles our punishment was to go to the stations and work. We used to steal back then- cars, booze, smokes, money, you name it.
Young or old, when you start you will never stop. These are my words; these paintings are my words.
Landscape, dreamtime, stories, kids’ paintings, poetry……put them all together, its all the same with all my painting it’s all mixed up.
I really don’t know how to translate it into words but I can by doing art. I’m a shy person, yea. Also, all my art stories are shy, yeah anyways, life goes on, whatever.”
Prince’s narrative formula stems from the traditional Kimberley craft of boab nut carving. He is not an overnight success, but has worked hard at his craft and is continually exploring new mediums and ways of working painted surfaces. Moving between 2D and 3D, Prince depicts often confronting imagery inspired by national and global issues he sees on television, his own story and desert iconography and the Narrangkarni (Dreamtime)
Finally the hard work is paying off with Prince recently attaining some major art achievements and recognition. Selected as a regular finalist in the prestigious Telstra NATSIAA since 2018 and highly commended in the King Wood and Mallesons Art Prize 2018.
February 2020 saw John Prince Siddon commissioned for his first major solo show by the Perth International Festival with “All Mixed Up”. A survey of works that demonstrated Prince’s adeptness for pushing mediums on multiple surfaces and rendering imagery that reflects a unique take on today’s national political and social issues. SMH Art Critic John McDonald named it "the festival standout exhibition."
“Prince’s works are incredibly detailed and often contain rich layers of symbolic imagery. In the work, "Mix It All Up" Prince uses a map of this nation to depict several pivotal scenes in the nation’s history. Upon closer inspection, the work references colonisation and immigration and their effects on native flora, fauna and Aboriginal communities. Other works in the exhibition look at Indigenous land management, global warming, renewal and regeneration of bush and even brutality and violet pub culture.” Fremantle Art Centre Perth Festival Media Release

Art Gallery of Western Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
FEB 2020 All Mixed Up-Perth International Festival, Fremantle Art Centre WA
JAN 2020 Creative Growth Artists- Outsider Art Fair, New York City, US
OCT 2019 Meeting Places: Mangkaja Arts and Creative Growth- Creative Growth Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA
AUG 2019 Telstra NATSIAA- MAGNT, Darwin, NT.
JUL 2019 Parranga-Hot Dry Season- Outstation Gallery, Parap, NT.
One Punch Mob 250x100cm Mixed media 2019
Australia All Mixed Up 120x120cm Polymer paint on canvas 2019
Ju Ju Law Time 120cmx150cm: Etching on metal/enamel spray paint 2019
Mix It All Up Australia 240x120cm Polymer paint on 14oz canvas 2019
Fear 120x120cm Polymer paint on 14oz canvas 2019
Dead Babies 120x120cm Polymer paint on 14oz canvas 2018