Alec Mijelmarngu : Master of the Wandjina

Alec Mijelmarngu is an Aboriginal Artist who painted depictions of Wandjina in the Kimberley of Western Australia. His bark paintings and paintings are some of the most enigmatic and haunting pieces of Aboriginal art ever made for commercial sale. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Alec Mijelmarngu by comparing examples of his work.


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Alec Mijelmarngu’s images of Wandjina can be differentiated from many other artist  by the way he depicts the eyes, as two base to base arches. These eyes are separated by a thin nose. His figures have pointed shoulders higher than the neck. His bark paintings are on an arch-shaped piece of bark and not square. He usually depicts the full figure. His works are usually large and near life-sized when on canvass or board.




Alec Mijelmarngu lived mainly in and around Kalumbaru in the Kimberleys in Western Australia. He began painting in the early 1970s. Most of his early paintings and some of the best examples of his work were on pieces of Bark and on composite board.

Other Kalumbaru artists working at the same time as Alec include Charlie NumbulmooreJack Karadada, Karawara and Mickey Bungkuni.

In 1979 Alec Mijelmarngu did his first paintings on canvass. He also did a few smaller Wandjina on slate and although collectible these are not as desirable as his other paintings. Alec’s motivation to do Wandjina paintings was to encourage the continuation of cultural practices and religious beliefs. His works have a strong spiritual presence and are collectible. Alec Died in 1982.

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Alec Mijelmarngu Bark painting images

The following bark painting are not a complete list of works but give a good feel for the variety and style of this artist.

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