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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.

 

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
Jimmy Tchooga Jnr
Title: Karnti
Price: $500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA107, 2016
Acrylicon canvas
60 x 90 cm
This painting shows the objects and story associated with Jimmy's grandfather's Dreaming which is karnti (bush potato). This story is set in Jimmy's grandfather's traditional country of Tjukukalyu, east of Balgo in the Tanami Desert. The main feature of the painting is the karnti vine and the U shapes show women digging up the karnti using their digging sticks. The circles depict sacred sites for men and women.
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Jimmy Tchooga Jnr
Title: Tjukukalyu
Price: $1500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA108, 2015
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 120 cm
This painting shows the objects and story associated with Jimmy's Tjukurrpa (dreaming), given to Jimmy by his father. This story is set in Jimmy's traditional country of Tjukukalyu, east of Balgo in the Tanami Desert. The central weaving lines represent Tjurrnu (soak water) whilst the patterning surrounding it depicts the Tali (sandhills).
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Susan Wanji Wanji
Title: Jarrakalini - Turtle
Price: $900.00 in Australia and Export.
PA412, 2014
Ochres on linen canvas
50 x 80 cm
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
Susan Wanji Wanji
Title: Marntuwarnjinni
Price: $12500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA413, 2014
Ochres on linen canvas
70 x 80 cm
Marntuwarnjinni is the Tiwi name for Dugong or Sea Cow, a good source of food for the Tiwi people
Delivery charge for this item:
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe/Other $77
Asia/Pacific $66
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