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Charlie Rock Ngumbe Aboriginal artist

Charlie Rock Ngumbe was an indigenous Australian artist working in Wadeye (Port Keats) from the 1960s to the 1980s. He is one of around a half dozen artists who were documented painting from this area.



If you have a painting on bark by Charlie Rock Ngumbe then I would love to see it. Please send me an image and I will be happy to give you a value or even offer to buy it.




Charlie Rock Ngumbe Art style

There is virtually no information available on this artist. Charlie spoke Murrinh – Patha language and was born around 1910.

It is likely he started painting in the late 1950s or early 1960s. His earlier and more collectible artworks are of churinga-like designs on oval pieces of bark. These artworks were sold through the catholic mission at port Keats.

His later artworks abandoned traditional iconography and adapted a more European literal image approach. He painted crocodiles emu’s lizards and Hunting scenes. His later works also use a unique blueish magnesium pigment.

Articles on Port Keats and Wadeye art and information can be very hard to find. There is not a lot of information on the art of early artists like Nym Bunduk Charlie Brinken or Bobyin Noongah. This area had very little recorded about the wonderful artists working here in the 1960s. If you know more about any of these artists please contact me. I would love to be able to present a fuller picture of the artist’s life.

Other Port Keats Art and Artists

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Charlie Rock Ngumbe artwork Images

The following images are of the Artwork of Charlie Rock Ngumbe. It is not a complete list of his works. They do however give a good idea of the style and above all the variety of this Aboriginal Artist.

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