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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.

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Wendy Nungarrayi Brown
Title: Yanjirlpirri or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa
Price: $750.00 in Australia and Export.
PA818, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 122 cm
The Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) is the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, more commonly known as the Pleiades. The Pleiades are seven women of the Napaljarri skin group and are often depicted in paintings of this Jukurrpa carrying the Jampijinpa man ‘wardilyka’ (the bush turkey) who is in love with the Napaljarri-warnu and who represents the Orion’s Belt cluster of stars. Jukurra-jukurra, the morning star, is a Jakamarra man who is also in love with the seven Napaljarri sisters and is often shown chasing them across the night sky. In a final attempt to escape from the Jakamarra the Napaljarri-warnu turned themselves into fire and ascended to the heavens to become stars. Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa (Star Dreaming) tells of the journey of Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men who travelled from Kurlurngalinypa (near Lajamanu) to Yanjirlypirri (west of Yuendumu) and then on to Lake Mackay on the West Australian border. Along the way they performed ‘kurdiji’ (initiation ceremonies) for young men. Women also danced for the ‘kurdiji’. The site depicted in this canvas is Yanjirlypiri (star) where there is a low hill and a water soakage. The importance of this place cannot be overemphasized as young boys are brought here to be initiated from as far as Pitjanjatjara country to the south and Lajamanu to the north.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jeanie Napangardi Lewis
Title: Mina Mina Jukurrpa
Price: $1000.00 in Australia and Export.
PA811, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 122 cm
The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu. The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting ‘ngalyipi’ (snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks) emerged from the ground. Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites. Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country. The ‘ngalyipi’ vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the ‘kurrkara’ (desert oak) trees. ‘Ngalyipi’ is a sacred vine to Napangardi and Napanangka women that has many uses. It can be used as a ceremonial wrap, as a strap to carry ‘parrajas’ (wooden bowls) that are laden with bush tucker and as a tourniquet for headaches
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis
Title: Lukarrara Jukurrpa - Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming
Price: $650.00 in Australia and Export.
PA803, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 107 cm
This Dreaming is associated with a place called Jaralypari, north of Yuendumu. Lukarrara (desert fringe-rush) is a grass with an edible seed. The seeds are traditionally ground on a large stone (‘ngatinyanu’) with a smaller stone (‘ngalikirri’) to make flour. This flour is mixed with water (‘ngapa’) to make damper cakes which are cooked and eaten. Large concentric circles often represent the site of Jaralypari and also the seed bearing grass Lukurrara. ‘U’ shapes can depict the Karnta (women) collecting ‘lukarrara’ and straight lines are frequently used to portray seeds that fall down to the ground and are also collected by women using their ‘parrajas’ (wooden food carriers) and ‘karlangu’ (digging sticks).
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Kutungka Napanangka
Title: Hunting brown snake
Price: $1000.00 in Australia and Export.
PA954, 2002
Acrylic on linen canvas
82 x 153 cm
This work shows women hunting brown snake along a rocky escarpment. The brown snakes are quick and disappear down into the rockholes.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Evelyn Nungarrayi Jugadai
Title: Yalka Tjukurrpa - Bush Onion Dreaming
Price: $750.00 in Australia and Export.
PA955, 2010
Acrylic on linen canvas
76 x 137 cm
Yalka Tjukurrpa is my grandfather's story. It shows the shell of the bush onion with its seeds in the middle, scattered on the desert sand.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Alice Nampitjinpa
Title: Yamami, kami
Price: $1050.00 in Australia and Export.
PA957, 1999
Acrylic on linen canvas
76 x 137 cm
In this work the artist paints old women teaching their grandaughters the arts of cooking and homemaking. The women sit with coolamans and nulla nullas, surrounded by the children, represented in body paint form. Also shown are nearby rockholes and their humpy homes.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jane Gimme
Title: Wati Kutjara
Price: $800.00 in Australia and Export.
PA101, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
50 x 100 cm
A long time ago in Tjukurrpa (Dreamtime) when there was no sand dunes, two men were rolling around making sand dunes. When they were pulling each other’s hair blood was coming out. It made the sand red.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Topsy Napurrurla Fisher
Title: Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming
Price: $900.00 in Australia and Export.
PA805, 2011
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 107 cm
The site depicted is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek bed 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 and was picked up by a ‘kirrkarlanji’ (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). The snake carried water with it to create a large lake named 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
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