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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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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
Cynthia Nakamarra Wheeler
Title: Yurrampi Jukurrpa - Honey Ant Dreaming
Price: $750.00 in Australia and Export.
PA806, 2013
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 91 cm
Honey ants are a much prized delicacy, considered to be well worth the enormous effort it takes to dig them out of the ground. The ants dig tunnels quite deep under the ground in ‘jirrijirrinpa’ (mulga woodland) country. Branching from these passage ways are chambers (‘mingki’), from the ceiling of which the honey ants are suspended, full of food. With their swollen abdomens, the ants are unable to move. The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Wanakurdpanda, east of Yuendumu. This Jukurrpa also travels through Yuendumu. Honey ants can be identified by a little yellow stripe on their backs.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Sarah Napaljarri Simms
Title: Pikilyi Jukurrpa - Vaughan Springs Dreaming
Price: $500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA807, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm
Pikilyi is a large and important waterhole and natural spring near Mount Doreen station. Pikilyi Jukurrpa (Vaughan Springs Dreaming) tells of the home of two rainbow serpents, ancestral heroes who lived together as man and wife. The woman ‘rainbow serpent’ was of the Napanangka skin group, the man was a Japangardi. This was a taboo relationship contrary to Warlpiri religious law. Women of the Napanangka and Napangardi subsection sat by the two serpents, picking lice off them. For this service, the two serpents allowed the women to take water from the springs at Pikilyi. This was because the serpents were the ‘kirda’, or ceremonial owners, for that country. The spirits of these two rainbow serpents are still at Pikilyi today.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Bess Napanangka Poulson
Title: Ngapa Jukurrpa - Water Dreaming
Price: $500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA813, 2014
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 61 cm
The site depicted is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are ‘mulju’ (soakages), or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. The storm travelled across the country from the east to the west, initially travelling with a ‘pamapardu Jukurrpa’ (termite Dreaming) from Warntungurru to Warlura, a waterhole 8 miles east of Yuendumu. At Warlura, a gecko called Yumariyumari blew the storm on to Lapurrukurra and Wilpiri. Bolts of lightning shot out at Wirnpa (also called Mardinymardinypa) and at Kanaralji. At this point the Dreaming track also includes the ‘kurdukurdu mangkurdu Jukurrpa’ (children of the clouds Dreaming). The water Dreaming built hills at Ngamangama using baby clouds and also stuck long pointy clouds into the ground at Jukajuka, where they can still be seen today as rock formations.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Debbie Napaljarri Brown
Title: Wanakiji Jukurrpa - Bush Tomato Dreaming
Price: $900.00 in Australia and Export.
PA826, 2016
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 107 cm
The Wanakiji Jukurrpa (bush tomato Dreaming) passes through Yaturlu (near Mount Theo, north of Yuendumu). “Wanakiji” grows in open spinifex country and is a small, prickly plant with purple flowers that bears green fleshy fruit with many small black seeds. After collecting the fruit the seeds are removed with a small wooden spoon called ‘kajalarra’. The fruit then can be eaten raw or threaded onto skewers called ‘turlturrpa’ and then cooked over a fire. ‘Wanakiji’ can also be skewered and left to dry. When they are prepared in this way it is called ‘turlturrpa’ and the fruit can be kept for a long time.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
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