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Indji Tharwal Aboriginal art

Indji Tharwal was an Aboriginal Australian artist working in Wadeye (Port Keats) from the 1960s to 1980s. He is one of a half dozen known artists who were documented painting in this area.


If you have a painting on bark by Indji Tharwal 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.

Indji Tharwal Art style

There is virtually no information available on this artist. Indji was born around 1910. It is likely he started producing artworks in the early 1960’s. He painted traditional churinga like designs on oval boards and ceremonial scenes. Later in his career he painted on increasingly large squarish panels of bark.


He is known to have painted at least one depiction of the rainbow serpent. This painting is in a near identical style to Bobyin Nongah and it is likely they were from the same clan.


Indji bark painting for sale


Articles on Port Keats painting 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 Rock or Charlie Mardigan. 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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Indji Tharwal artwork Images

The following images are of the Artwork of Indji Tharwal . 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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