Lily Karedada Wandjina Paintings
Lily Karedada is one of the last of a generation of Wandjina painters who painted on bark. She was wife to another great bark painter Jack Keradada. She is probably the most prolific Wandjina painter on
The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal bark painting is by Lily Karedada. It compares examples of her work.
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Lily Karedada Style
Lily Karedada paints Wandjina with round eyes but the eyes are smaller and the eyelashes are thick compared to Charlie Numbulmoore. The face of her Wandjina are white while the body below the armpits covered in dots that represent the rain.
Her paintings are often not of Wandjina but also incorporate totemic animals or stick figures. Both the outlines and dotting in Lilys work is far more precise than the vigorous, gestured marks of her sister in law Rosie Karedada.
Lily does Wandjina Painting on bark but also on traditional spathe containers. Lily continues to paint today but for the past couple of decades has painted only on Canvass.
Biography of Lily Karedada
Lily was born of Woonambal parents in her father’s country, Woomban-go-wangoorr, near the Prince Regent River in the East Kimberley. Lily belongs to the Jirrengar (owlet nighthar) moiety and her specific totems are the turkey, possum and white cockatoo. She is one of the major artists of the Kimberley region and has exhibited her work extensively. Lily was married to Jack Karedada who taught her to paint and was also a Wandjina painter.
Lily’s early works come from the same era as bark painters like Charlie Numbelmoore and Alec Mingelmanganu
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Lily Karedada References
Images of power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley
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Lily Karedada Bark painting images
The following images are not a complete list of works by Lily Karedada. They do however give a good feel for the very distinctive style of this artist.