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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.

 

Lloyd Kwila
Title: Jumuwarnti - Many Waterholes
Price: $1650.00 in Australia
$1500.00 for Export.
PA782, 2010
Ochres on canvas
100 x 80 cm
In the desert regions of Australia water and waterholes have played an important role in the evolution of indigenous peoples lifestyle, these waterholes were created in the dreamtime Jumangkarni and are all connected by subterranean tunnels. For the Wangkatjunga and Walmajarri people of the Great Sandy Desert knowledge of these waterholes was crucial to survival while living a traditional lifestyle. As a boy Lloyd walked much of the desert with his father Billy Thomas (Karntakarnta) and knows the importance of these waterholes and understands their connections well.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jimmy McKenzie
Title: Purnululu
Price: $1485.00 in Australia
$1350.00 for Export.
PA784, 2011
Ochres on canvas
100 x 80 cm
This work depicts the beehive-shaped hills of the Bungle Bungle massif on Texas Downs Station in the East Kimberley. Jimmy was born near here and spent all of his early life growing up and working the stock camps with his mother Queenie Mc Kenzie on this country. Purnululu has become a significant tourist attraction and many thousands of visitors arrive each dry season to fly over, camp and walk the creeks and ravines of the Bungle Bungle Range.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jane Gimme
Title: Kinyu
Price: $1700.00 in Australia and Export.
PA105, 2015
Acrylic on linen canvas
150 x 75 cm
Jane has depicted Kinyu, her mother’s country located in the Great Sandy Desert, south west of Balgo. This country is very important: it attracts people and animals from the surrounding tali (sand hills) because it is full of mangarri (food). Small family groups have been travelling in this country for a long time. They go from one spot to another, hunting in the day and sleeping around the different rock holes (circular shapes) during the night.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Nellie Gordon
Title: Campsite at Sturt Creek
Price: $1540.00 in Australia
$1400.00 for Export.
PA789, 2002
Natural ochre and pigments on canvas
100 x 80 cm
This work shows a campsite on Sturt Creek on Billiluna Station in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The artist was born at this place beneath two large River Red Gums shown in the lower left of the painting. Sturt Creek is shown running through the middle of the work and at this place there are permanent clear waterholes. Along the length of Sturt Creek the water varies as it winds its way toward the Great Sandy Desert, the water becomes salty at various stages and milky at others.
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.
PA791, 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
Rosie Mulligan
Title: Kakuru
Price: $605.00 in Australia
$550.00 for Export.
PA793, 2008
Natural ochre and pigments on canvas
60 x 80 cm
Kakuru is the Walmajarri word for freshwater mussels. Kakuru were an important food source when people lived a traditional lifestyle. They 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
Alma Nungarrayi Granites
Title: Yanjirlpirri or Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa
Price: $1000.00 in Australia and Export.
PA827, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
61 x 76 cm
The Napaljarri-Warnu Jukurrpa (Seven Sisters Dreaming) depicts the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky today in the cluster of seven 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
Agnes Nampijinpa Fry
Title: Yankirri Tjukurrpa
Price: $450.00 in Australia and Export.
PA829, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 76 cm
This particular site of the Yankirri Jukurrpa (emu Dreaming) is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The ‘yankirri’ travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. Emus are usually represented by their ‘wirliya’ (footprints), arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisin). In the time of the Jukurrpa there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between a ‘yankirri’ ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard) ancestors over sharing the ‘yakajirri’. There is also a dance for this Jukurrpa that is performed during initiation ceremonies.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
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