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Paintings GalleryPaintings from Warmun

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Warmun is one of the main centres for east Kimberley Aboriginal art. Artists from Warmun are renowned for their use of natural ochre and pigments on canvas. The artists draw on traditional Ngarrangkarni (Dreaming) stories as well as contemporary events and life experiences. For more information about the history of Warmun and the art centres, see Warmun Art and Community.

The best known artists from the region include Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie, Patrick Mung Mung, Hector Jandany, Beerbee Mungnari and Jack Britten. Short biographies of many of the artists are given on our Warmun Artists page.

Warmun Art Centre was established in 1998 to represent Warmun artists and the paintings we offer have been selected in cooperation with the centre.

For paintings by artists from other parts of the region, see our Kimberley Paintings section.

The prices below are in Australian dollars and do not include packing, shipping and insurance - use the "Enquire" button to confirm availability of a painting and the cost of shipping. To check the equivalent price in other currencies, use the Currency Conversion link. Warmun paintings are mounted on wooden stretcher frames and must be sent in a flat package. For more details about shopping, see our Shopping and online security section.

 

Jack Britten
Title: Toomoogooniji
Price: $7900.00 in Australia and Export.
PA092, 1999
Ochre, clay and charcoal on canvas
120 x 90 cm
On top of the booloo, the black limestone outcrops which traverse the landscape around the Bungle Bungles in the east Kimberley, Jack shows a high ridge with a rock precariously balanced - called Toomoogooninji - that he says was once a hunter who was turned to stone in the Dreamtime. The painting also shows several water holes which are usually part of the Ord River but which in the dry season reduce to a few billabongs. These are the habitat of kalruny, a water spirit that lives in all major bodies of water. Small pink areas represent 'bucket holes' which are found in the sandstone lining the river's bank in places.
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Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Ned Johns
Title: Sugarbag Dreaming
Price: $715.00 in Australia
$650.00 for Export.
PA790, 2002
Natural ochre and pigments on canvas
60 x 80 cm
The artist's cultural totem is the Sugarbag Dreaming associated with country near Wave Hill Station in the western Northern Territory. Sugarbag is the honey and wax that is gathered from hives of native bees. Generally the hives are located in hollows in trees. When hunting people would set about looking for the bees and once they had located the hive they would cut the tree down and extract the sugarbag from the hollow. Once they had collected the sugerbag they would then place it in a billycan of water, boil it and then drink it or eat it whole without boiling it. After boiling, the wax was soft which made it pliable when used in the production of spears, axes and dress items. Traditionally the honey was crucial as a supplement to a bush tucker diet. The artist paints this story almost exclusively with a central point and radiating lines. The central point represents the hive or honey and the lines represent pathways that the native bees use to enter the hive, different colour dots are used to create patterns that give the work interesting depth.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Roslyn Karedada
Title: Wandjinas
Price: $2585.00 in Australia
$2350.00 for Export.
PA770, 2001
Ochres on canvas
100 x 140 cm
The Wandjinas are ‘the spirits in the clouds’. These spectacular Wandjina figures are found in rock art sites in many caves widely throughout the Kimberley. The figures depicted in the caves have two meanings: the figures are both human in form and cloud-like. The Wandjina figures have an elaborate head-dress which may be described as the hair of the Wandjina, but which is also the cloud. Some figures have long protruding lines around the head which are both the feathers that the Wandjina wore and the lightning which he/she controls. It is understood that the clouds that come starting the arrival of the monsoonal rains (the Wet Season) are the Wandjinas themselves. Aboriginal people believe that should the Wandjina be offended then the Wandjinas will take their revenge by calling up lightning to strike the offender dead, or rain to flood the land and drown the people, or cyclone with its gales to devastate the country. These are the powers which the Wandjinas can use.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Kevin Waina
Title: Whallarwhroo
Price: $1595.00 in Australia
$1450.00 for Export.
PA771, 2001
Ochres on canvas
80 x 100 cm
The artist paints using hand ground ochre’s collected from the Kimberley region. His work reflects the Aboriginal rock art sites of the Kimberley region. He remembers his father taking him to many such rock art sites and he still visits them occasionally with his children. The Bradshaw figures are called Allarwhroo that accompany the Wallarwhroo (the Wandjina figure) and the snake Ungud is the python.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Kevin Waina
Title: Whallarwhroo
Price: $1595.00 in Australia
$1450.00 for Export.
PA773, 2001
Ochres on canvas
80 x 100 cm
The artist paints using hand ground ochres collected from the Kimberley region. His work reflects the Aboriginal rock art sites of the Kimberley region. He remembers his father taking him to many such rock art sites and he still visits them occasionally with his children.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Rosie Mulligan
Title: Kakuru
Price: $440.00 in Australia
$400.00 for Export.
PA777, 2008
Ochres on canvas
70 x 45 cm
Kakuru is the Walmajarri word for freshwater mussels. Kakuru were an important food source when people lived a traditional lifestyle and were dug from the sand in waterways near Lake Gregory in the Great Sandy Desert.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Nellie Gordon
Title: Parnany Rijikarrinyu - Old Women Ceremony
Price: $1870.00 in Australia
$1700.00 for Export.
PA778, 2011
Ochres on canvas
90 x 120 cm
This work is one of a series that Nellie painted to record and remember the role of women in traditional ceremony. The semi-circular shapes in the work represent the breasts of women painted for ceremony. The larger shapes are those breast of older women - Parnany and the smaller shapes those of young girls - Wamala. The women used white or yellow ochre as paint and each group of women used a particular design. This design was consistent throughout the group and was like a signature indicating the country you belong to and the dreaming of that country.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Rosie Mulligan
Title: Living Water
Price: $605.00 in Australia
$550.00 for Export.
PA779, 2008
Ochres on canvas
80 x 60 cm
Rosie was born at Yungngora (Noonkanbah) and grew up on the banks of the Noonkanbah River. The pattern in this work represents waterholes near the Noonkanbar River. These are permanent water (“living water”) and come bubbling up from the ground. This water is also quite hot.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
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