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Aboriginal paintings are a rich and varied art form. This online gallery offers a fine selection of Australian Aboriginal paintings by artists from communities in the Kimberley, Central and Western Desert and Top End (including Arnhem Land) regions of Australia.

The variety of painting styles in the regions is described in our Regions and communities section.

Paintings are arranged by regions - click on the link to see paintings from a particular region. If you want to read a short biography of the one of the artists, go to the Art and Artists section of our Website.

The prices below are in Australian dollars and do not include packing, delivery and insurance - use the "Enquire" button to confirm availability of a painting and the cost of delivery. To check the equivalent price in other currencies, use the Currency Conversion link.

 

Daphne Napurrula Marks
Title: Bush Flowers
Price: $590.00 in Australia and Export.
PA956, 2007
Acrylic on linen canvas
112 x 137 cm
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Marie Simplicia Tipuamantumirri
Title: Jilamara Design
Price: $850.00 in Australia and Export.
PA409, 2013
Ochres on canvas
80 x 120 cm
During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totem ic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by mapurtiti (spirits). These designs can be applied in different ways. Ochre is applied to the body and face. These significant artistic designs collectively are called ‘Jilamara’.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Tjaruwa (Angelina) Woods
Title: Yampil
Price: $2600.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1502, 2008
Acrylic on linen canvas
91 x 110 cm
Tjaruwa has painted her homeland of Yampil, an area in northern Spinifex. This is sandhill country, with Spinifex and Mulga trees and very sparse water deposits usually in the form of rockholes which are quite small or soak water which you have to dig for. To survive in this western desert area it is essential to know where to find the water and this knowledge has been passed down over thousands of years from generation to generation. Tjaruwa has painted the rockholes of Tjiru, Pakutjatjara, Waltjapi, Kamanti, Waltjipi, Pur Pur,Pulitja, Kapi Wiyatjara, Pulitja and Tjiwara. The two half circles represent the camps of the Wati Kutjara story that is present in this area.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Linda Napurrula Ngitjanka
Title: Grevillea and Puli
Price: $790.00 in Australia and Export.
PA959, 2007
Acrylic on linen canvas
71 x 122 cm
This work shows the sweet tasting native Grevillea growing between the rocky hills surrounding Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff).
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
Anmanari Napanangka
Title: Mulpu
Price: $2390.00 in Australia and Export.
PA963, 2006
Acrylic on linen canvas
122 x 166 cm
This work shows the artist's personal Tjukurrpa, the Mulpu (native mushroom), as it was handed to her by her mother. The Mulpu grow after the seasonal rains along the creek and river banks. The painting tells how to find them and how to cook them in an earth stove with a lot of sand. Mulpu represent good times out in the desert, and a time for celebration as the landscape comes alive with bush tucker of all sorts. "After the rain comes the bush mushroom sprouting from the ground, we pick them and they are delicious to eat." Anmanari came to have the Mulpu as her personal law because her mother was eating the mulpu on the night that Anmanari was born, causing a quickening of the pregnancy. In her paintings the artist likes as well to depict women digging for the mushrooms with their traditional tools, their coolamons and nulla nullas.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Rosie Goodjie
Title: Yartaru
Price: $3960.00 in Australia
$3600.00 for Export.
PA1111, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
96 x 148 cm
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Biddee Baadjo
Title: Piyurr
Price: SOLD
PA1114, 2009
Acrylic on canvas
97 x 107 cm
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
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