Indji Tharwal

Indji Tharwal

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...

Nadjombolmi Charlie Barramundi

Nadjombolmi Charlie Barramundi

Nadjombolmi Charlie Barramundi  early Bark painter Nadjombolmi Charlie Barramundi was an early bark painter in the Oenpelli region. He only has a few known works because he died before bark painting became commercial. The aim of this article is to assist readers in...

Port Keats painting

Port Keats painting

Port Keats painting Port Keats painting tend to be on oval pieces of bark or square with rounded corners. The earlier paintings of this region are the most collectible and have churinga-like designs. Painting on bark in Port Keats started in the late 1950s. 64...

Charlie Mardigan

Charlie Mardigan

Charlie Mardigan Aboriginal Painter Charlie Mardigan was an Aboriginal Artist painting in Port Keats in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the most prolific and I believe the best of the Port Keats Artists. Some of his better works I believe rival those of the early Papunya...

Charlie Rock Ngumbe

Charlie Rock Ngumbe

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...

Bobyin Nongah

Bobyin Nongah

 Bobyin Nongah Aboriginal artist  Bobyin Nongah was an aboriginal artist working in Wadeye (Port Keats) in the 1960s and 1970s. His main dreaming and subject of most of his paintings is the rainbow serpent or Kunmanggur.   If you have a painting on bark...

Charlie Brinken

Charlie Brinken

Charlie Brinken Newili Wadey Aboriginal artist Charlie Brinken (Newili) is an aboriginal artist from Wadeye (Port Keats) who painted in the 1960s and 1970s. He is best know for his bark paintings of churinga-like designs and ceremonial scenes. If you have a bark...

Nym Bunduk

Nym Bunduk

Nym Bunduk Aboriginal Art White Man Got no Dreamings Indigenous Australian Artist Nym Bunduk is one of the few known painters of the Port Keats area. His early paintings are mainly of churinga-style designs painted on oval pieces of bark. These designs were secret...

David Malangi

David Malangi

David Malangi Aboriginal Art Indigenous Australian Artist David Malangi is best known for an artwork published on the Australian One Dollar bill. He was a prolific artist who painted for over 30 years. His most collectible paintings depict a Mortuary Feast of the...

Jimmy Wululu

Jimmy Wululu

Jimmy Wululu Aboriginal Art Aboriginal artist Jimmy Wululu is best known for his bark paintings with herringbone or diamond designs. These designs were traditionally used on burial receptacles and body painting on initiates. The designs have a long history and Jimmy...

Jack Wunuwun

Jack Wunuwun

Jack Wunuwun Aboriginal Art Jack Wunuwun was an indigenous Australian artist working in the 1970s and 1980s. His later works have a European influence and can be quite collectible. He is best known from Curtis Levy’s documentary the Morning Star painter. If you have a...

John Bulunbulun

John Bulunbulun

John Bulunbulun Aboriginal Art Aboriginal Artist John Bulunbulun was an Arnhemland artist best known for his depictions of the long-necked turtle. He often repeats an animal motif many times in a similar manner as George Milpurrpurr. John was also a ceremonial dancer...

Dawidi

Dawidi

Dawidi Aboriginal Art Dawidi Birritjama was an aboriginal artist is best known for his depictions of the Wagilak sister's creation story. He was the main custodian of this important story and this story is the main subject in his Paintings. Best known for his...

Binyinyuwuy

Binyinyuwuy

Binyinyuwuy Aboriginal Art Binyinyuwuy (c. 1928–1982) was an Aboriginal artist from the island of Milingimbi in Arnhem Land. He painted profusely in the late 1960s and early 70s. Binyinyuwuy was an artist of high ritual authority, which certainly gave him the right to...

George Milpurrurru

George Milpurrurru

George Milpurrurru Aboriginal Art George Milpurrurru is an Indigenous Australian artist who painted on bark in the 1970s. He is best known for his paintings of the birds and animals of Arafura swamp. He uses repetition of images to give the impression of abundance and...

Wally Mandarrk

Wally Mandarrk

Wally Mandarrk Aboriginal Art Indigenous Australian Artist Wally Mandarrk is an best known for his depictions of Mimih spirits and Wayarra spirits. He painted on large sheets of bark using natural ochre and orchid juice binding agents. Mandarrk painted most of his...

John Namerredje Guymala

John Namerredje Guymala

John Namerredje Guymala John Namerredje Guymala is an aboriginal artist working in the 1970's. He is best known for his depictions of the Ngalkunburriyaymi female spirit. His figurative paintings are very distinctive. His striking figures filled with parallel rarrk or...

Peter Marralwanga

Peter Marralwanga

Peter Marralwanga Peter Marralwanga was an aboriginal artist from Oenpelli who started painting on bark in the 1970’s. Marralwanga and Yirawala established an outstation at Marrkolidjban. It was at Marrkolidjban that Yirawala acted as Marralwanga’s tutor and mentor...

Curly Bardkadubbu

Curly Bardkadubbu

Curly Bardkadubbu Curly Bardkadubbu was an aboriginal painter who rose to prominence in the late 1970s. He is best known for his depictions of Namanjwarre the crocodile. Bardkadubbu shared an outstation at Table Hill and Marrkolidjban with Yirawala. Yirawala acted as...

Bob Balirr Balirr Dirdi

Bob Balirr Balirr Dirdi

Bob Balirr Balirr Dirdi Aboriginal artist Bob Balirr Balirr Dirdi worked in Oenpelli in the 1970s. He painted in an Oenpelli style most often on a red ochre background. He is best known for his series of barks depicting ceremonies. If you have a Bob Ballir Balirr...

George Tjungurrayi

George Tjungurrayi

George Tjungurrayi George Tjungurrayi started painting in 1976 in Papunya. He did not come into his own as a painter until the mid-1990s. It was not until he moved away from traditional aboriginal dot art that his art flourished. He developed his own unique duo...

Turkey Tolson

Turkey Tolson

Turkey Tolson: Straightening spears Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula was an early Papunya Western desert Artist. Unlike many early artists, he continued painting for over 30 years. He was the chairman of Papunya Tula for over a decade. He is best known for a series of...

Billy Whiskey

Billy Whiskey

Billy Whiskey: Master of Pitjantjatjara Billy Whiskey a Pitjantjatjara elder did not start painting until 2004 when he was in his eighties. He only painted his stories for four years before he died. He was the first artist to paint the sacred stories of the...

Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford: Subtle Power Paddy Bedford is one of the best and most collectible of the East Kimberley School of Artists. He did not start painting on canvas until he was in his late 70’s having spent most of his life between being a stockman and living a traditional...

Animals in Aboriginal Art

Animals in Aboriginal Art

Animals in Aboriginal Art A teaching resource The aim of this article is to give teachers background and resources to teach about Animals in Aboriginal art. It includes templates for an in-class activity and a PowerPoint slideshow. Traditional Aboriginal people were...

Arnhem Land Rock Art

Arnhem Land Rock Art

Arnhem Land Rock Art Different regions of Australia have different styles of Rock art. Arnhem Land Rock Art is I think is the artistically most exciting because it is full of spirits and figures. These figurative depictions reflect some of the world's earliest...

Australian Cave Painting

Australian Cave Painting

Australian Cave Paintings Cave painting exist throughout Australia from Arnhem Land in the North to Tasmania in the South. People have lived in Australia for over 50,000 years and have been painting stenciling and carving onto rock walls for at least 40’000 years....

KIMBERLEY ROCK ART

KIMBERLEY ROCK ART

Kimberley Rock Art Kimberley Rock Art is not a single art style or the result of continuous unchanging culture. It is a far more fascinating sequence of artistic expressions left by Australian Aboriginal people over the last 30,000 - 40,000 years. The best-known art...

Aboriginal Art meaning

Aboriginal Art meaning

Aboriginal Art meaning Aboriginal art meaning varies from area to area. This article looks at the meaning of Aboriginal art from North Central Australia. Central Australia is where aboriginal dot art originated. Comprehending aboriginal art meaning is not easy. It may...

Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie Queenie McKenzie was the first recognized female artist that painted in east Kimberley style. Their soft pinks and subtle purples often distinguish her works. Queenie did not start painting until late in her life but inspired a generation of younger...

Paddy Jaminji

Paddy Jaminji

Paddy Jaminji Paddy Jaminji was the first painters to paint in what is now recognized as the East Kimberley style. He is often overshadowed as an artist by his more famous nephew Rover Thomas. He spent most of his youth on stations as a stockman. In the 1970's he was...

Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas Rover Thomas was the seminal figure in establishing the East Kimberley School of Aboriginal painting. His art was completely different from aboriginal dot art painting in other parts of Australia. His art often characterized by areas of ochre color...

Wandjina

Wandjina

Wandjina Wandjina  are found only in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. They date back between two to four thousand years. A Wandjina figure is a shape-changing anthropomorphic being. The main creation Spirit, associated with rain and seasonal regeneration....

Aboriginal Art Videos

Aboriginal Art Videos

Aboriginal Art Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-MucVWo-Pw Zorba the Greek Yolngu style Mimih style of Dancing done to Zorba the Greek.  On of the best videos of Aboriginal culture and dance ever https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52T_rnZk378 Old Masters :...

Aboriginal Dot Art

Aboriginal Dot Art

Aboriginal Dot Art Aboriginal dot art came into the Western worlds mainstream consciousness in the Early 1980s. Dot Art emerged from the Western Desert.  In particular dot art first came from an Aboriginal settlement called Papunya. Today Aboriginal dot...

Australian Shield

Australian Shield

Australian Shields Australian shields made by Aboriginal Australians come in many different forms depending on the tribe that made them and their function. Aboriginal Shields come in 2 main types, Broad shields, and Parrying shields. Parrying shields parry blows from...

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri was the first recognized star of the Western Desert art movement. He is one of Australia’s most distinguished and best-selling painters of the late twentieth century. Clifford developed his own unique style...

Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi Shorty Lungkata Tjungurrayi joined the Western desert movement in 1972. He was not one of the founding members but the bold visual simplicity of his artistic compositions conveyed an elemental power that rapidly made him an important...

Shorty Lungkada Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkada Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkada Tjungurrayi Shorty Lungkada Tjungurrayi joined the Western desert movement in 1972. He was not one of the founding members but the bold visual simplicity of his artistic compositions conveyed an elemental power that rapidly made him an important...

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi Shorty Lungkarta Tjungurrayi joined the Western desert movement in 1972. He was not one of the founding members but the bold visual simplicity of his artistic compositions conveyed an elemental power that rapidly made him an important...

Shorty Lungkarda Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkarda Tjungurrayi

Shorty Lungkarda Tjungurrayi Shorty Lungkarda Tjungurrayi joined the Western desert movement in 1972. He was not one of the founding members but the bold visual simplicity of his artistic compositions conveyed an elemental power that rapidly made him an important...

Timmy Leurah Tjapaltjarri

Timmy Leurah Tjapaltjarri

Timmy Leurah Tjapaltjarri Timmy Leurah Tjapaltjarri was one of the founding members of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. In the early part of his career, he painted on small pieces of Composition board with great detail and symmetry.  In the latter part of...

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri was one of the founding members of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. His early works often on Composition board have great detail and symmetry.  He is better known for his the latter paintings on large...

Old Walter Tulpulpa

Old Walter Tulpulpa

Old Walter Tulpulpa Old Walter Tulpulpa was already an old man at the start of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. He is also known as Old Walter Talpulpa or Old Walter Talpana. He often painted in ochre tones on Composition board. His early paintings are...

Old Walter Tjampitjinpa

Old Walter Tjampitjinpa

Old Walter Tjampitjinpa Old Walter Tjampitjinpa was already an old man at the start of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. He often painted in ochre tones on Composition board. His early paintings are quite small and are ritual and contain secret imagery meant...

Yala Yala Gibson

Yala Yala Gibson

Yala Yala Gibson Tjungurrayi Yala Yala Gibson was one of the founding members of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. In the early part of his career, he painted on Composition board. He is best known for his depictions of the Tingari cycle and for helping...

Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi

Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi

Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi was one of the founding members of the Western Desert Aboriginal art movement.   His most collectable artworks are those painted between 1971 and 1973. During this period he often painted on composition board and...

Yuta Yuta Tjangala / Oata Oata Tjangala

Yuta Yuta Tjangala / Oata Oata Tjangala

Yuta Yuta Tjangala : Aboriginal Paintings Yuta Yuta Tjangala was one of the founding members of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. In the early part of his career, he painted on Composition board. Many of his Early paintings being less than 50 cm x 50 cm....

Wuta Wuta Tjangala

Wuta Wuta Tjangala

Wuta Wuta Tjangala : Aboriginal Paintings Wuta Wuta Tjangala was one of the founding members of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. In the early part of his career, he painted on Composition board. Many of his Early paintings being less than 50 cm x 50 cm....

Uta Uta Tjangala

Uta Uta Tjangala

Uta Uta Tjangala : Aboriginal Paintings Uta Uta Tjangala was one of the founding members of the Western desert Aboriginal art movement. In the early part of his career he painted on Composition board. Many of his Early paintings being less than 50 cm x 50 cm. Many of...