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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.

 

Jimmy Baker
Title: Tjitji Tjuta
Price: $7300.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1601, 2005
Acrylic on linen canvas
122 x 142 cm
This painting is about Tjitji Tjuta, a place where all the children do inma (ceremony). This painting comes with a certificate from Ninuku Arts.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jimmy Baker
Title: Kanpiku Tjukurpa
Price: $3000.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1602, 2008
Acrylic on linen canvas
60 x 90 cm
This work depicts a story about Kanpi and the Kalaya (emu) dreaming track. It comes with a certificate from Maruku Arts.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Thecla Bernadette Puruntatameri
Title: Jilamara Design
Price: $500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA422, 2014
Ochres on canvas
60 x 90 cm
During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of 'yoi' (dances), are performed; some are totemic (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
Shorty Jangala Robertson
Title: Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming
Price: $2950.00 in Australia and Export.
PA809, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
91 x 107 cm
The site depicted is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west, was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlan’ (brown falcon) and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage. At Puyurru the bird dug up a giant snake, ‘warnayarra’ (the ‘rainbow serpent’) and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa curved and straight lines represent the ‘ngawarra’ (flood waters) running through the landscape. Motifs frequently used to depict this story include small circles representing ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and short bars depicting ‘mangkurdu’ (clouds).
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Gayle Napangardi Gibson
Title: Mina Mina Jukurrpa
Price: $750.00 in Australia and Export.
PA821, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 91 cm
This ‘Jukurrpa’ (Dreaming) comes from Mina Mina, a very important women’s Dreaming site far to the west of Yuendumu near Lake Mackay and the WA border. There are a number of ‘mulju’ (water soakages) and a ‘maluri’ (clay pan) at Mina Mina. In the Dreamtime, ancestral women danced at Mina Mina and ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) rose up out of the ground. The women collected the digging sticks and then travelled on to the east, dancing, digging for bush tucker, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine), and creating many places as they went. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a rope-like creeper that grows up the trunks and limbs of trees, including ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak). It is used as a ceremonial wrap and as a strap to carry ‘parraja’ (coolamons) and ‘ngami’ (water carriers). ‘Ngalyipi’ is also used to tie around the forehead to cure headaches, and to bind cuts. The women stopped at Karntakurlangu, Janyinki, Parapurnta, Kimayi, and Munyuparntiparnti, sites spanning from the west to the east of Yuendumu. When they stopped, the women dug for bush foods like ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffle). The Dreaming track eventually took them far beyond Warlpiri country. In many paintings of this Jukurrpa, sinuous lines are used to represent the ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine). Concentric circles are often used to represent the ‘jintiparnta’ (desert truffles) that the women have collected, while straight lines can be used to depict the ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Lucky Nampijinpa Langdon
Title: Watiya-warnu Jukurrpa - Seed Dreaming
Price: $300.00 in Australia and Export.
PA824, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 46 cm
This painting tells the story of a Jangala ‘watiya-warnu’ ancestor who travelled south from a small hill called Ngurlupurranyangu to Yamunturrngu (Mount Liebig). As he travelled he picked the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds and placed them in ‘parrajas’ (food carriers), one of which he carried on his head. Watiya-warnu is a seed bearing tree that grows in open spinifex or mulga country. When people returned to their camp after collecting the seeds they would make large windbreaks for shelter and winnow the seed in the late afternoon. Immature ‘watiya-warnu’ seed is ground into a paste and can be used to treat upset stomachs. The associated ‘watiya-warnu’ ceremony involves the preparation of a large ground painting. In paintings of this Dreaming ‘U’ shapes are often depicting women collecting the ‘watiya-warnu’ seeds. Oval shapes represent the ‘parrajas’ where they carry the seeds and strait lines beside them frequently portrait digging sticks.
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
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