Bobby Ngainjmirra Oenpelli Bark Painting

The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their bark painting is by Bobby Ngainjmirra by comparing examples of his work. He painted in an Oenpelli style.

If you have a Bobby Ngainjmirra bark painting to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Bobby Ngainjmirra painting is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg.  I would love to see it.


Bobby Ngainjmirra like most Oenpelli Bark painters painted on a Red ochre background. He was a prolific painter and painted a vast variety of subjects. His paintings of figures at ceremony are the most popular and collectible. These figures can be quite simple but are full of movement and life.

Only in a few of his early works depict the genitals. In his later paintings, his figures are full of Rarrk crosshatching but lack some of his earlier sense of movement. His paintings of animals are superficially similar to Lofty Nadjamerrek and Ngulleingulei but do not show quite the same sense of refinement.

He has painted at least two barks depicting skeletons. He also paints the sugar bag woman, Mimi figures and hunting scenes. Animals include birds, barramundi, crocodiles, spiders, mosquitos, snakes, the rainbow serpent and dugong.

Bobby was born around 1915 and died in 1992. He belonged to Djalama Clan belonged to the Yirridjdja Moiety and spoke Kunwinjku. His younger brother Jimmy was also a bark painter. Along with many other Arnhem Land Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information available about Bobby Ngainjmirra.   If anyone knows more information about the biography of Bobby Ngainjmirra,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Ngainjmirra is sometimes also spelled Ngainjmira and Nganjmirra


Bobby Bark painting for sale

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Western Arnhem land Artists and Artworks

Bobby Ngainjmirra Bark Painting images

The following images is not a complete list of the artists works but gives a very good idea of his style and variety.

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