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all artists - A-z

Alphabetised based on first name

  • A

    • Abie Jumbyinmba Tjangala

      Abie Jumbyinmba Tjangala

      available artworks: 20
      1919 - 2002
      Artist Rank 152
      Artist Rating 1.2351

      Born at Thompson’s Rockhole in the Tanami Desert, Abie Jangala was initiated in to Warlpiri Law and inherited his father’s responsibility for the essential Rainmaking and Water Dreamings of this vast and arid desert area. The Warlpiri were still nomadic hunter-gatherers when forced by drought to gather around the encroaching European settlements in the Tanami and Western Deserts.… Read more

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    • Abie Loy Kemerre

      Abie Loy Kemerre

      available artworks: 0
      1974
      Artist Rank 101
      Artist Rating 1.8458

      Born in February 1972, the young Eastern Anmatyerr artist Abie Loy Kemarre  comes with an impeccable artistic pedigree. Granddaughter of the Kathleen Petyarre, who has also been her artistic mentor, Abie is also closely related to a host of other famous women artists who are well-known names in the Australian art world. Among Abie Kemarre’s relatives who are also painters … Read more

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    • Ada Bird Petyarre

      Ada Bird Petyarre

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 2004

      Prominent Utopia artist Ada Bird Petyarre was the eldest of seven sisters (including Kathleen, Gloria, Violet, Myrtle and Jean), all celebrated artists who spent most their lives in this remote and arid area 230 kilometres North East of Alice Springs. The art of Utopia rose to prominence swiftly, not least because it heralded the emerging prominence of female artists and their partic… Read more

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    • Albert Namatjira

      Albert Namatjira

      available artworks: 0
      1902 - 1959

      Often portrayed as a tragic figure, Albert Namatjira was the first Aboriginal artist to be recognised internationally, having made a lasting contribution to Australian art through romantic depictions of the desert that have become synonymous with our vision of the Australian outback. Following an exhibition of paintings by a small group of European artists lead by Rex Battarbee in t… Read more

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    • Alec Mingelmanganu

      Alec Mingelmanganu

      available artworks: 0
      1905 - 1981

      Alec Mingelmanganu lived at the former Benedictine Mission at Kalumbaru and became one of a select group that began painting there in the mid-1970s. Anthropologist Kim Ackerman first noticed his work during a visit to Kalumburu in 1974/75, when he discovered a discarded Wandjina painting formerly used during ceremony. It was later shown during the 1975 Derby Boab Week Art Show under … Read more

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    • Anatjari No. I Tjampitjinpa

      Anatjari No. I Tjampitjinpa

      available artworks: 1
      1927 - 1999

      Anatjari Tjampitjinpa was born and grew up at Ilyipi in Pintupi country west of Kiwirrkura and east of Jupiter Well in Western Australia. In 1964 he moved to Papunya with his three wives and their children as well as his brothers, Old Walter and Yarakula. Other members of his immediate family, including Milliga Napaljarri and Dinny Campbell, moved north to Balgo Hills. His son, Ray J… Read more

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    • Anatjari No. III Tjakamarra

      Anatjari No. III Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1938 - 1992

      Antajari was one of the last group of desert nomads to leave his homeland and settle at Papunya.* From the outset he emerged as a focused and compelling artistic presence within the initial painting group. Geoff Bardon remembered him as 'a slightly built man with a particularly calm and gentle manner…very attentive and interested in what was going on but saying nothing'… Read more

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    • Angelina George

      Angelina George

      available artworks: 0
      1937 - 2014

      A detailed artist profile will arrive shortly   Born:                    1937 Birthplace:            Nutwood Downs Station, NT Language Group: Yungul Mangi (Mara and warndarang)   Angelina was born about 5 miles from Nut wood… Read more

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    • Angelina Ngale Pwerle

      Angelina Ngale Pwerle

      available artworks: 0
      1946
      Artist Rank 121
      Artist Rating 1.5194

      As with her sisters, Kathleen and Poly Ngal, Angelina began producing batiks and wooden sculptures in the mid 1980’s, probably influenced by her late husband, the older brother of Cowboy Loy Pwerl. She was formerly known as Angelina ‘Pwerl’, her husband’s name. Pwerl(e) in Alyawarr language is the equivalent to Ngal in the Anmatyerr language, and it is as… Read more

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  • B

    • Barbara Weir

      Barbara Weir

      available artworks: 4
      1945
      Artist Rank 98
      Artist Rating 1.8843

      Barabara Weir, who was originally named Florie, was born of mixed parentage at Bundy River Station in the Eastern Desert in 1945. Her mother, Minnie Pwerle, was 18 years old at the time, and her father, Jack Weir, owned the large cattle station on which she lived. In accordance with the prevailing law of the time, Florie’s birth resulted in her father’s imprisonment, and … Read more

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    • Barney Ellaga

      Barney Ellaga

      available artworks: 1
      1939

      Born c. 1939, Barney Ellaga is a senior custodian and law-man of the Alawa community, which is situated on the upper reaches of the Cox and Arnold rivers, south of the Roper River and west of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The country is called Minyerri, Southern Arnhem Land. His works have an indelible connection with the Dreamings related to his country, and for several sacred sites he… Read more

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    • Benjamin Landara

      Benjamin Landara

      available artworks: 0
      1921 - 1985

      Benjamin Landara is an historic member of the Hermannsburg watercolour school. Famously, it was Albert Namatjira whose representations of the dramatic scenery of the Australian interior west of Alice Springs founded this movement. Namatjira gained an unexpected burst of financial success and celebrity status, unheard of for an Aboriginal person at that time. This changed the course o… Read more

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    • Betty Mbitjana

      Betty Mbitjana

      available artworks: 3
      1954
      Artist Rating 0.7155

      The daughter of Minnie Pwerle and sister of Barbara Weir, Betty Mbitjana was born and raised in Utopia, a region renowned for its art, most especially women's painting. Betty's main subjects are that of the Bush Melon (Awelye), as well as Body paint designs for women's ceremonies.… Read more

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    • Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

      Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 2008

      Pitjantjatjara elder Bill Whiskey began creating his finely dotted, colourful canvases in 2004 when already in his mid 80s. He was born in near Pirrulpakalarintja outstation at Pirupa Alka, 130 km south of the stunning mountains and rock formations of Kata Juta (the Olgas) and, in search for food and water, moved with his family to Uluru (Ayers Rock) during his adolescence. Whiskey r… Read more

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    • Billy Joongarra Thomas

      Billy Joongarra Thomas

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 2012

      Billy Joongarra Thomas (c.1920 – 2012) began painting for Waringarri Arts in Kununurra in 1995. He was already in his seventies and like his friend and fellow artist Rover Thomas had spent his youthful years droving cattle on the Canning Stock Route, deep in the remote desert regions of Western Australia. He knew his country intimately and never ceased his ceremonial immersion … Read more

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    • Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri

      Billy Stockman Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 0
      1927 - 2015

      From the outset, Billy Stockman was a vital figure in the Papunya art movement. He went on to become one of its most exceptional and productive figures, traveling the world as a representative of Aboriginal Culture and having his work exhibited and collected by major galleries and collectors. He stands at the transition point between the ancient and the new, his work providing a link… Read more

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    • Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra

      Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra

      available artworks: 0
      1915 - 1992

      Bobby Barrdjaray Nganjmirra is among the best known of the older generation of Kunwinjku artists, which includes Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek, Yirawala and Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru. The Nganjmirra family has preserved a strong and recognisable figurative style throughout successive generations. His younger brothers Jimmy Nakkurridjdjilmi Nganjmirra (c.1917-1982) and Peter Nganjmirr… Read more

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    • Boxer Milner Tjampitjin

      Boxer Milner Tjampitjin

      available artworks: 0
      1935 - 2009

      After many of the oldest and most venerated men who began painting at Balgo Hills in the late 1980’s had already passed away, one artist emerged during the late ’90s and early 2000s, who may come to be considered the most remarkable of them all. Boxer Milner, a tall, gentle old cattleman began painting quite minimal, small, rigid, paintings with linear shapes and large am… Read more

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    • Brook Andrew

      Brook Andrew

      available artworks: 0
      1970

      Born in Sydney and university educated, Brook Andrew is an artist, curator, lecturer and writer who is connected through his mother’s kinship to the Wiradjuri who live around Cowra in New South Wales. Through his work in a variety of areas, Andrew, a fervent and forthright social commentator, explores the history of race relations in Australia, colonialism, ethnography, cultur… Read more

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  • C

    • Charlie Numbulmoore

      Charlie Numbulmoore

      available artworks: 0
      1907 - 1971

      Charlie Numbulmoore lived for many years on Gibb River Station in the Central Kimberley where anthropologist Ian Crawford first recorded him repainting Wandjina figures in a Mamadai cave in the 1960’s. The few biographical details of Numbulmoore’s life that exist are traced solely through his encounters with those anthropologists who collected his work. Following Crawford… Read more

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    • Charlie Tawara Tjungurrayi

      Charlie Tawara Tjungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1925 - 1999

      Born west of the Kintore Ranges in Pintupi country, Charlie Tawara’s friendship with Europeans began early and continued to be instrumental throughout his life and career. He first encountered whitefellas as a youth and in his early teens lived for some time at Haasts Bluff before returning with a prospecting party to his homeland. By the onset of the Second World War he had mo… Read more

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    • Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

      Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 3
      1933 - 2002
      Artist Rank 5
      Artist Rating 13.6954

      Clifford Possum was the first recognised star of the Western Desert art and one of Australia’s most distinguished painters of the late twentieth century. After his father, Tjatjiti Tjungurrayai, passed away during Clifford’s youth in the 1940s, his mother, Long Rose Nangala, settled at Jay Creek with her second husband, One Pound Jim Tjungurrayai. One Pound Jim, a legendary fi… Read more

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    • Cookie Stewart Tjapaltjarri (Paddy)

      Cookie Stewart Tjapaltjarri (Paddy)

      available artworks: 0
      1940

      Paddy (Cookie) Stewart (c.1940) has justifiably been described as a ‘living legend’. His early years were relatively free from European influence, but as a young man he began working across the Northern Territory on the cattle stations that were gradually disrupting the traditional nomadic life of the Warlpiri people. Nevertheless, they still maintained their ancient… Read more

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  • D

    • Danie Mellor

      Danie Mellor

      available artworks: 0
      1971

      Born in 1971, Danie Mellor is a contemporary urban aboriginal aritst. He grew up in Australia, Scottland, and South Africa and now lives in regional NSW and teaches at Sydney's College of the Fine Arts.       Collections:     ACE Equity/Kerry Stokes.  ANU, Canberra.  Flinders University, SA.  Holmes a Court Collection  Jabal C… Read more

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    • Daniel Walbidi

      Daniel Walbidi

      available artworks: 2
      1982

      “Art is our voice now”  says Daniel Walbidi, a young man of impressive creative power.(McManus, 2008) Born in the remote West Australian community of Bidyadanga (250 km south of Broome) in 1982, he grew up listening to the songs and stories of his elders and, encouraged by his high-school art teacher, revealed a natural talent for their visual rendition. He has becom… Read more

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    • David Malangi

      David Malangi

      available artworks: 0
      1927 - 1999

      David Malangi, who began painting in the early 1960’s, played a vital role in the development of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement and became, during his lifetime, one of the great inspirational figures of Arnhem Land art. While, for many older Australians, he is best known for the image that featured on the now defunct one-dollar note, he was also a traveling ambassador… Read more

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    • David Yirawala

      David Yirawala

      available artworks: 0
      1903 - 1976

      Born c1894 in his home country of Marugulidban in Western Arnhem Land, Yirawala’s boyhood was spent traveling over the land and learning his father’s sacred designs, songs and stories. His initiation was a long journey, culminating only when, at 45 years of age, he was endowed with the final secrets. He became a great ritual leader, with knowledge over all the secular and… Read more

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    • Deaf Tommy Mungatopi

      Deaf Tommy Mungatopi

      available artworks: 0
      1923 - 1985

      800 kilometres north of Darwin, the Tiwi Islands are home to a distinctive culture, isolated from the mainland by treacherous seas and in earlier times a determined resistance to outsiders. Plentiful food and freshwater, abundant forest and varied shorelines produced a rich island culture of ceremony and art making for which some families became particularly renowned. The Mungatopis … Read more

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    • Declan Apuatimi

      Declan Apuatimi

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 1985

      Declan Apuatimi was born at Iminulapi in the north west of Bathurst Island, 100 km north of Darwin, and spent most of his life in the island’s township, Nguiu. Though this was his home as a grown man, his actual country, inherited from his father, was Munupi on the north west coast of Melville Island, the second of the two Tiwi islands. The Tiwi people are culturally distinct f… Read more

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    • Dick (Goobalatheldin) Roughsey

      Dick (Goobalatheldin) Roughsey

      available artworks: 0
      1924 - 1985

      Dick Roughsey, a member of the Lardil people, was born on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria. His tribal name, Goobalathaldin means rough seas, hence the English derivative. During his early years with his family and friends, he explored the shorelines listening to the Dreaming stories and learning how to hunt and gather the once plentiful bush foods. He attended the missio… Read more

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    • Dick Bininyuwuy

      Dick Bininyuwuy

      available artworks: 0
      1928 - 1982

      Born c1928, Dick Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy was among the younger generation of artists working at the small island community of Milingimbi in Arnhem Land during the 1950s. The young Binyinyuwuy was a ‘rebel, only visiting the station to raid the store or make havoc among the young women … After one successful raid he sent a defiant message … that he would return … Read more

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    • Dick Ngulei-Ngulei Murrumurru

      Dick Ngulei-Ngulei Murrumurru

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 1988

      Dick Nguleingulei Murrumurru lived most of his life on the Liverpool River plateau in West Arnhem Land, where he was born around 1920. His country was Yayminjdji, a Yirridjdja moiety clan estate in the stone country west of the Liverpool river. He briefly attended school at Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in the 1930s and later worked as a crocodile shooter and at a timber camp in the Jim Jim … Read more

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    • Dorothy Robinson Napangardi

      Dorothy Robinson Napangardi

      available artworks: 0
      1956 - 2013
      Artist Rank 20
      Artist Rating 5.8583

      Dorothy Napangardi spent her early childhood living a nomadic life at Mina Mina near Lake Mackay in the Tanami Desert during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She recalled camping at claypans and soakages with her mother, Jeanie Lewis Napururrla, learning to collect the plentiful bush tucker and grinding seeds for damper cooked on hot ashes. This idyllic life came to a close when her f… Read more

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  • E

    • Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

      Elizabeth Nyumi Nungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1947

      Born in 1947, Elizabeth Nyumi’s early years were spent some three hundred of kilometers south of Balgo near Jupiter Well where she lived a nomadic life until she walked up the Canning Stock Route and into the old Balgo Mission in her late teens. This migration was not atypical nor, realistically, a choice for many indigenous people in the area. Their precious water supply was l… Read more

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    • Emily Kame Kngwarreye

      Emily Kame Kngwarreye

      available artworks: 11
      1909 - 1996
      Artist Rank 1
      Artist Rating 37.3548

      During a whirlwind painting career that lasted just eight years, octogenarian Emily Kame Kngwarreye became Aboriginal Australia’s most successful living artist and carved an enduring presence in the history of Australian art. By the time she passed away on September the 2nd 1996 her fame had achieved mythic status. The Sydney Morning Herald obituary reported the ‘Passing of a Hom… Read more

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    • Emily Pwerle

      Emily Pwerle

      available artworks: 4
      1922

      Born c1922, Emily Pwerle is the younger sister of the famous late Minnie Pwerle. Now in her late 80's, she lives in the small settlement of Irrultja in Utopia. She began painting as late as 2004 when Barbara Weir, her older sister Minnie's daughter, organised a workshop for the women of the settlement.   Exhibitions: 2019 - Landscape Colours, Japingka Gallery, Pe… Read more

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    • Ena Gimme Nungurrayi

      Ena Gimme Nungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1955 - 1991

      Ena Gimme was born ‘in the bush’, near the Cannning stock route, c.1953 the daughter of Eubena Nampitjin and her first husband, Burugnu Tjakudu Tjapaltjarri Gimme. Her early years were spent tracing the travels of Wally Darly, who paid Burungu Gimme in rations in return for help droving cattle. The family moved north from her traditional country of Kalliyangku to Halls Cr… Read more

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    • Enraeld Djulabinyanna Munkara

      Enraeld Djulabinyanna Munkara

      available artworks: 0
      1895 - 1970

      The practice of Tiwi figure carving stems from Pukumani funeral carving: spectacular carved and painted poles that are placed around the grave during ceremonies for the dead. This figurative element is in keeping with the longstanding innovative and evolving nature of the Tiwi artistic tradition, even though it developed at the time of European arrival and influence. Enraeld Munkara … Read more

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    • Eubena Nampitjin

      Eubena Nampitjin

      available artworks: 4
      1924 - 2013

      Born at Yalantijirri near Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route, Eubena Nampitjin moved to the Catholic mission that had been established 5 years earlier near the northern reaches of Lake Gregory in 1948. In 1962 the mission moved to Wirrimanu (Balgo Hills) where there was a more permanent water supply and thereafter became a melting pot of tribal peoples drawn from the cusp of the Tana… Read more

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    • Eunice Napangardi

      Eunice Napangardi

      available artworks: 0
      1950 - 2005

      Partner to Kaapa Tjampitjinpa during the early days of the modern painting movement at Papunya, Eunice along with her sister Pansy was one of the few women who began painting and selling works independently of the male dominated art centre. Like other female partners and relatives, she assisted the men with infilling and background dotting on their larger works. Her own creative flai… Read more

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    • Evelyn Pultara

      Evelyn Pultara

      available artworks: 0
      1940

      Station, the cattle property adjoining Utopia Station and has now become a senior custodian for her Dreaming the bush yam. She began painting traditional bush tucker and awelye (women’s ceremonial body paint designs) in 1997 but went on to exclusively paint her plant totem, the bush yam. While rarely indicating any more than necessary about the context of her paintings their co… Read more

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    • Ewald Namatjira

      Ewald Namatjira

      available artworks: 1
      1930 - 1984

      Ewald Namatjira was born the third son of Albert and Rubina on the 11th of July 1930. As a young child he would often complain of ill health and was subsequently allowed to spend more time at home or on painting trips with his father. He took up painting in 1947 and from the outset he surprised Pastor Albrecht who had thought him to have little artistic abilty. Rex Battarbee noted th… Read more

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    • Fred Tjakamarra

      Fred Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1926 - 2006

      Born in c1926, Fred Tjakamarra started painting in the mid 1980s, producing a large body of paintings and prints for Warlayirti Artists in Balgo Hills. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 80.   Collections:     Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands.  Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.  John Curtin Art Collection, Cur… Read more

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    • Freddie Timms

      Freddie Timms

      available artworks: 6
      1944 - 2017

      Freddie Timms began painting in 1986, inspired by the elder artists already painting at Frog Hollow, a small outstation attached to the community at Warmun, Turkey Creek. He was by then, forty-two years old and had lived an eventful life as a young stockman on stations throughout the East Kimberley region. Freddy was born at Police Hole in 1946 and followed in his father’s foot… Read more

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    • Freddy West Tjakamarra

      Freddy West Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1940 - 1994

      To be updated… Read more

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    • Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

      Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1967

      Gabriella Possum learned the discipline of painting from an early age at the side of her famous father, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri. Born at Papunya in 1967, she first achieved recognition in 1983, for her entry in the Alice Art Prize, while a 16-year-old student at Yirara College. From the mid 1980’s Clifford Possum had largely abandoned Papunya Tula, preferring to create wo… Read more

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    • George (Tjampu) Tjapaltjarri

      George (Tjampu) Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 0
      1935 - 2005

      Born at Walla Walla rockhole (Pollock Hills) near Kiwirrkura in Western Australia circa 1945, George (Tjampu) Tjapaltjarri began painting for Papunya Tula Artists in 1983. The stories he painted relate to Tingari travels in his homeland. He passed away in 2005.   SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2007 Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2006 'A Particular Collec… Read more

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    • George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi

      George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1943

      Born near the claypan and soakwater site of Wala Wala in the far reaches of the Western Desert, George Tjungurrayi's initial contact with the outside world occurred as a seventeen-year-old boy. He left the Gibson Desert on foot in the company of three other Pintupi companions to walk the long road east until intercepted by a truck just south of Mount Doreen. Soon after walking in… Read more

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    • George Milpurrurru

      George Milpurrurru

      available artworks: 0
      1934 - 1998

      George Milpurrurru was raised in his father’s country Ngalyindi, the Ganalbingu outstation, which straddles a ridge to the east side of the Arafura swamp. The swamp, in the middle section of the Glyde River, is home to flocks of water birds, fresh water plants, snakes, and a rich array of other flora and fauna. This Eden became the wellspring from which Milpurrurru’s drew… Read more

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    • George Mung Mung

      George Mung Mung

      available artworks: 0
      1921 - 1991

      George Mung Mung spent his life in the East Kimberley cattle industry until he finally settled, in his fifties, where he was originally born and spent his earliest years. His father, Charlie Mungmung, had worked as a police tracker stationed at Turkey Creek at the time of his birth and George began work in the stock camps while still a boy. He was employed by the manager of the Ticke… Read more

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    • George Ward Tjungurrayi

      George Ward Tjungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1940

      George Ward Tjungurrayi encountered welfare patrols while living in the desert near Tjukurla W.A. southeast of Kiwirrkurra, and west of Kintore. Although they were born of different mothers George Ward shared the same father with Yala Yala Gibbs and Willy Tjunurrayai. He arrived in Papunya in the early 1960’s while still in his teenage years and worked as a fencer and butcher i… Read more

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    • Gertie Huddleston

      Gertie Huddleston

      available artworks: 0
      1933

      Born c.1933, Gertie Huddleston lived and worked in Southern Arnhem Land. She painted a wide array of subjects in her highly individual and contemporary style, including bush berries, seeds, her traditional site of Ngukurr and Roper River.     Collections:     Artbank.  The Gantner Myer Collection of Aboriginal Art, San Francisco.  Museums an… Read more

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    • Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

      Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

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      1939 - 2002

      Ginger Riley was born c.1937 near Maria Lagoon by the Limmen Bight River in Southern Arnhem Land. A ‘salt-water’ man Riley grew up in the bush, until the death of his mother when the family moved to the Roper River Mission, where Ginger attended school. Roper River was renamed Ngukurr in 1968 when control reverted to the Aboriginal community. As a young man Riley sought a… Read more

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    • Gloria Fletcher Thancoupie

      Gloria Fletcher Thancoupie

      available artworks: 0
      1937 - 2011

      Gloria Thancoupie and Tiwi potter Eddy Puruntatamerri are widely credited as having been the two founders of Australia’s Indigenous ceramic art movement. During her early years as a  primary school teacher she created her first artworks in ochres on bark. It was not until 1971, when in her mid 30's, that she gathered the courage to move from her home in … Read more

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    • Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

      Gloria Tamerre Petyarre

      available artworks: 1
      1938

      Raised in a remote part of the Eastern Desert and instructed in Anmatyerre law and traditions, Gloria Petyarre participated in the first art programs organized at Utopia in 1977 when 39 years of age. These early batik-making workshops marked the emergence of Aboriginal women artists. Up to this time they had commonly assisted men in the completion of their paintings, but were rarely … Read more

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    • Gordon Bennett

      Gordon Bennett

      available artworks: 2
      1955 - 2014

      Born on the 9th of October 1955, Gordon Bennett attended the Nambour High School in Queensland. On the 3rd of June 2014, Mabo Day (22 years after the High Court of Australia overturned the legal fiction of terra nullius which had characterised Australian law with regards to land and title since the voyage of James Cook in 1770) Bennett pas… Read more

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    • Greeny Purvis Petyarre

      Greeny Purvis Petyarre

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 2010

      Greenie Purvis Petyarre was the most successful male artist in an artistic dynasty that includes his aunt Emily Kngwarreye, cousin Gloria Petyarre and a number of blood sisters and half sisters. A highly respected tribal elder for Alhalkere country, he was born at Boundary Bore around 1930 where he lived until his death in 2010 with his wife Kathleen and their four daughters, al… Read more

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    • Gulumbu Yunupingu

      Gulumbu Yunupingu

      available artworks: 0
      1943 - 2012

      Gulumbu Yunupingu had already lived a full and busy life before becoming an artist of international standing. Parent, teacher, health worker, translator and compassionate friend to many in her community, she attributed the beginning of her painting career (at the age of 56), to a dream/vision she had while camping out under the stars. The voice was strong, she recalls: “Do this… Read more

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    • Hector Jandany

      Hector Jandany

      available artworks: 0
      1929 - 2007

      At the time of his death in 2007, Hector Jandany was the oldest member of the Warmun artists, at Turkey Creek. His family history was littered with harrowing tales of persecution. Gadiya (white people) shot his grandfather and harmed his grandmother, who subsequently died in childbirth and, while Hector was still in infancy, his father also died in confrontation with white people. Th… Read more

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    • Helen S Tiernan

      Helen S Tiernan

      available artworks: 5
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      Born in Gippsland, Victoria of Aboriginal and Irish descent.  Tiernan worked in graphic arts, fashion design and as an art tutor before moving to Canberra in 1997. She completed her under graduate studies at the ANU, Canberra School of Art in 2001. Tiernan has exhibited work in solo and group exhibitions in the ACT, VIC, and NSW.  Her work is held in private and public collections … Read more

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    • Helicopter Joe Tjungurrayi

      Helicopter Joe Tjungurrayi

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      1947

      Born in 1947 at Ninmi, Joe Tjunurrayi grew up around Jupiter Well amongst the infinite undulating sand hills of the Great Sandy and Gibson Deserts. He inherited his now familiar name after a car accident in his youth, when the first Helicopter ever seen in the area collected and took him to hospital. The way in which Kukatja people embraced this alien object was indicative of the cre… Read more

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    • Herbert Raberaba

      Herbert Raberaba

      available artworks: 2
      1921 - 1980

      Herbert Raberaba’s watercolours drew attention for their subtle colouring and attentive rendering of the changing light across the rocky outcrops and tree-filled gorges around the mission town of Hermannsberg. Albert Namatjira had encouraged both Herbert and his brother Henoch, (who were both his tribal brothers), showing their work to his painting mentor Rex Battarbee. Battarb… Read more

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    • Ian W. Abdulla

      Ian W. Abdulla

      available artworks: 0
      1947 - 2011

      Ngarrindjeri artist Ian Abdulla lived all his life at Cobdolga, an early irrigation settlement in the Riverland region of South Australia. The township is located beside the Murray River, it’s name a corruption of Cobdogle, the ‘king’ of the local Aboriginal tribe. Abdulla grew up by the swamp, formed when the system of locks changed the river level, a hav… Read more

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    • Ignatia Djanghara

      Ignatia Djanghara

      available artworks: 0
      1930

      It has been suggested that Wandjina paintings on bark were first produced for trade and exchange with missionaries travelling by lugger along the Kimberley coastline as early as the 1930s. The Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Woonambal custodians did not possess the technical know how commonly found in Arnhem Land, and for this reason their own barks were usually poorly prepared. The often kn… Read more

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    • Inyuwa Nampitjin

      Inyuwa Nampitjin

      available artworks: 0
      1922 - 1999

      Inyuwa Nampitjinpa was born near Punkilpirri, a large permanent water site deep in Pintupi country west of the Kintore ranges. With her family, she arrived in Haasts Bluff in 1956, seeking food and water, and was later moved to the new government settlement at Papunya. Following the death of her first husband, she married Tutuma Tjapangati, one of the senior&… Read more

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    • Jack Britten

      Jack Britten

      available artworks: 11
      1921 - 2002

      Jack Britten was born and spent his childhood at Tickelara Station, in the north west of Australia, at a time when many Gija people were massacred during the gold rush at Hall’s Creek and Chinaman’s Garden in the East Kimberley region. 'Sometimes they bin all day shootin people there,' Jack recalled in his later years, 'my father and mother and grandpare… Read more

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    • Jack Dale

      Jack Dale

      available artworks: 10
      1922 - 2013

      Jack Dale lived in the remote and rugged Kimberley region of northwest Australia since childhood. His life spanned from the turbulent and often bloody years of early white settlement through to a life working cattle and traveling the northwest as he accumulated knowledge and the ancient stories of the land and its creation spirits. The son of a hard-living Scottish man and an I… Read more

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    • Jack Karedada

      Jack Karedada

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 2003

      Despite mission life once severely curtailing their traditional beliefs and practices, the artists of Kalumburu today are the financial mainstay of their small remote township found at the tip of the Western Australian coast. The Karedada family (named after their totem, the butcherbird or karadada) have been instrumental in this regard. Jack and his wife Lily, as well as other famil… Read more

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    • Jack Wherra

      Jack Wherra

      available artworks: 0
      1924 - 1979

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    • Jackie Giles Kurltjunyintja

      Jackie Giles Kurltjunyintja

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      1936 - 2010

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    • Jan Billycan

      Jan Billycan

      available artworks: 2
      1930 - 2016

      Jan Billycan (aka Djan Nanundie)'s work depicts the country of her birthplace, Kirriwirri and other sites in Ilyarra country. This is a land of spreading mud flats, gleaming salt lakes and a life-giving network of freshwater springs with their source deep underground. It was the home of the Yulparija people, deep in the Great Sandy Desert, before drought and mining caused th… Read more

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    • Janangoo Butcher Cherel

      Janangoo Butcher Cherel

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 2009

      Like many of his generation, Butcher Cherel Janangoo started painting relatively late in life. His quick mind and enthusiasm for the art that gave his traditional culture new life and expression never dimmed. He painted consistently until just before his death in 2009, at the age of 90. His paintings are often treasured by their owners and seldom appear for resale. Many are held arou… Read more

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    • Jarinyanu David Downs

      Jarinyanu David Downs

      available artworks: 0
      1925 - 1995

      Jarinyanu David Downs was one of those old cowboys who, like Rover Thomas, was born in the Great Sandy Desert in the 1920’s and eventually, toward the end of their lives, settled in the Kimberley region in the North West of Australia. He first moved from his traditional lands to the cattle stations in the 1940s, while still in his early twenties, to join the family of his promi… Read more

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    • Jean Baptiste Apuatimi

      Jean Baptiste Apuatimi

      available artworks: 1

      Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, or Pulukatu as her father named her, was born at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) on Melville Island in 1940. She was just 14 years of age, and living at the convent in Nguiu (Wurrumiyanga) on Bathurst Island, when she married her late husband, Declan Apuatimi.  Declan was a renowned dancer, singer and thepre-eminent Tiwi artist of his time. During their life t… Read more

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    • Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre

      Jeannie Pitjara Petyarre

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      1951

      Born circa 1951 on the Boundary Bore Outstation of Utopia, Aboriginal Art Regions of Central Australia, Jeannie Petyarre came into a family stacked with famous artists. Her sisters are Greeny Purvis Petyarre, Evelyn Pultara, Rosemary Petyarre and Anna Price Petyarre. She is cousin to the famous sisters Gloria Petyarre, Nancy Kunoth Petyarre, Myrtle … Read more

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    • Jimmy Kurtnu Pike

      Jimmy Kurtnu Pike

      available artworks: 0
      1940 - 2002

      Born at Kurntikujarra in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia during the Second World War, Walmajarri artist Jimmy Pike was just 13 when his people became some of the last to walk into the European-owned cattle stations that were gradually taking over their desert environment. He became a stockman at Cherrabun station near Fitzroy Crossing, and learnt to ride horses and round … Read more

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    • John Kipara Tjakamarra

      John Kipara Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1932 - 2002

      John Kipara was born and grew up near Kulkuta west of Tjukurla north of the present-day community of Kiwirrkurra. He spent his youth in salt lake country, south-west of Lake Macdonald. His family had been one of the first groups to be re-settled at Papunya in the early sixties and after John encountered Europeans for the first time in his early 30’s he expressed his desire… Read more

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    • John Mawurndjul

      John Mawurndjul

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      1952

      John Mawurndjul was born c.1952 at Mumeka, prior to the establishment of the government settlement at Maningrida some 50 kilometres to the north. He grew up with his family, outside the sphere of European influence, living according to the rhythms of nature. The family moved camps with the changing seasons, from Mumeka to Maningrida during the wet season and on to the Tomkinson flood… Read more

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    • Johnny Mosquito Tjapangati

      Johnny Mosquito Tjapangati

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 2004

      Johnny Mosquito was born in the Great Sandy Desert c.1920 and walked into the old Balgo mission when in his twenties. A Kukatja/Walmatjari speaker, his country lay south west of the current Balgo community beyond Yaga Yaga toward Lake MacKay in the vicinity of Wagulli and Kurtel (Helena Springs). During his lifetime he became the most senior ‘rainmaker’ in the Balgo Hills… Read more

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    • Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

      Johnny Warangkula Tjupurrula

      available artworks: 1
      1925 - 2001

      Born at Mintjilpirri, north west of the Kangaroo Dreaming site of Ilpili soakage Johnny Warangkula recalled his first contact with ‘white fellas’ at just 12 years of age as a frightening experience. Within three years his family moved in to Hermannsburg mission where Johnny went through initiation. After working on roads and airstrips at Hermannsburg and Haasts Bluff, and… Read more

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    • Joseph Jurra Tjapaltjarri

      Joseph Jurra Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 1
      1952

      As a boy, Joseph Jurra and his family were brought into the small but overcrowded settlement of Papunya in 1964. They had been picked up by a welfare patrol and removed forever from their traditional nomadic existence in the Gibson Desert. The Pintupi people were the last to be put into the settlement and suffered even more neglect as they camped on the western fringe of the Papunya … Read more

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    • Josie Petrick Kemerre

      Josie Petrick Kemerre

      available artworks: 0
      1955

      Collection: Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands. Exhibitions: Group Exhibitions: 2006 - The second Shalom Gamarada ACollection: Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands. Subjects: Group Exhibitions: 2006 - The second Shalom Gamarada Aboriginal Art Exhibition, Shalom College, University of New South Wales, Sydney. 2004 - Art Aborigine Pour Tous, Galerie DAD, Mantes-la-Jolie, France… Read more

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    • Judy Watson

      Judy Watson

      available artworks: 0
      1959

      Descended from the Waayi people of northwest Queensland, Judy Watson was born in Mundaberra and pursued intensive studies at art colleges in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.  Her personal exploration of her Aboriginal heritage through the matrilineal side of her family involved travels with relatives through traditional country, listening to their histories and Dreaming storie… Read more

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    • Judy Watson Napangardi

      Judy Watson Napangardi

      available artworks: 0
      1925 - 2016

      Born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station, northwest of Alice Springs c.1925, Judy grew up hunting and collecting bush tucker while travelling on foot with her family throughout the vast Warlpiri country that lies between the Tanami and Gibson deserts. Her traditional nomadic lifestyle came to an end however when the Warlpiri, like other desert tribes, were forced to live a bleaker and… Read more

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    • Julie Dowling

      Julie Dowling

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      1969

      Throughout her celebrated career, Badimaya artist Julie Dowling has drawn on a wide range of cultural and historical influences. However, portraiture, a genre that has not generally been embraced by contemporary Aboriginal artists, has been the central hallmark of her work.   Raised by a single mother on a meagre income, she attended a catholic convent school where she… Read more

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    • Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

      Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa

      available artworks: 0
      1926 - 1989

      Although born west of Napperby at the Emu Dreaming site of Altijira, Kaapa’s father’s country lay to the west at Warlurkulangu, the ancestral bushfire site in Warlpiri country, while his mother was Anmatjerre/Arrernte from further east. After a year of seclusion during initiation at Napperby he became a stockman at the adjacent Mount Allan station and subsequently worked … Read more

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    • Kathleen Ngale

      Kathleen Ngale

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      1930

      Kathleen began her art career in the late 1970's in the medium of batik with over eighty other women from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. Her work in batik was featured in Utopia: A Picture Story, at the S.H. Ervine Gallery. When the acrylics on canvas movement swept Utopia in the late 1980s, Kathleen, like many of the other artists, swiftly changed mediums. Kathleen'… Read more

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    • Kathleen Petyarre

      Kathleen Petyarre

      available artworks: 2
      1935 - 2018

      Born c.1940 three hundred miles northeast of Alice Springs, and instructed by her paternal grandmother in the Dreamings that inform her work, Kathleen Petyarre began painting in the mid 1980’s. Within a decade a series of important exhibitions, prestigious awards, and journalistic debate about Indigenous art praxis, had propelled her to international renown, if not entirely for… Read more

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    • Kitty Kantilla

      Kitty Kantilla

      available artworks: 1
      1928 - 2003

      Kitty Kantilla was born c1928 at Yimpinari, on the eastern side of Melville Island, and lived a traditional life as a child, only exchanging the paperbark roof of her youth for mission life in her adulthood. The mission settlement located on the eastern coast of Bathurst Island some 100 kilometres across the waters to the north of Darwin had been established in 1911 and tho… Read more

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    • Kitty Napanangka Simon

      Kitty Napanangka Simon

      available artworks: 16
      1948
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      Napanangka works with a variety of traditional and contemporary art mediums including body paintings in ochre and acrylic on linen and canvas. She is a very traditional lady who understands her culture. Her family came from Lake Mackay area. She was born in Yuendumu and arrived in Lajamanu at 10 years of age. Napanangka enjoys painting as it is a social activity in Lajamanu. Her expe… Read more

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    • Kudditji Kngwarreye

      Kudditji Kngwarreye

      available artworks: 9
      1928 - 2017

      Kudditji Kngwarreye was born about 1928 at Alhalkere at Utopia Station, located about 270 kms north east of Alice Springs. In his younger life, he worked throughout the Central Desert, travelling widely as a stockman, and working in mineral and gold mines. A custodian for ceremonial sites located in his country at Utopia Station, many of his paintings refer to sites at Boundary Bore… Read more

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    • Lena Nyadbi

      Lena Nyadbi

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      1936

      Though the East Kimberley art movement began in the late 1970's, Lena Nyadbi had ‘bin too busy workin‘ on the Old Lissadel Station, where she grew up in the 1930’s, to join Paddy Jaminji and Rover Thomas, as a painter (Kimberley 2000: 62). While she learnt the techniques of grinding ochre and charcoal from these and other contemporaries she did not become an art… Read more

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    • Lilly Kelly Napangardi

      Lilly Kelly Napangardi

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      1948

      Born at Dashwood Creek in 1948, Lilly Kelly arrived at Haasts Bluff as a baby in the arms of her mother Narputta and her father Sandy Opal Tjapanangka. The family moved to the newly established settlement of Papunya in 1958 when Lilly was still a young girl and her father became one of the original Papunya Tula shareholders.  In the late 1970’s Lilly married Norman Kelly T… Read more

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    • Lily (Sandover) Kngwarreye

      Lily (Sandover) Kngwarreye

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      1942 - 2003

      Lily Sandover Kngwarreye was born c 1937 at MacDonald Downs on the Utopia clan lands. She began painting during the 1988-9 CAAMA summer workshop following almost a decade making batik. The adopted ‘sister’ of Emily Kngwarreye, Lily was her closest friend and constant companion, often referring to Emily when in a humorous mood as ‘granny’. The Sandover River, … Read more

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    • Lily Karadada

      Lily Karadada

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      1937

      Lily Karedada is a prolific and well-established Wandjina painter from the township of Kalumburu, on the northwest tip of Western Australia. This remote part of the Kimberley is sometimes referred to as ‘Wandjina Country’. The enigmatic Wandjina figures, painted and maintained for generations in the surrounding caves and rock galleries, have become emblematic of Dreamtime… Read more

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    • Lin Onus

      Lin Onus

      available artworks: 6
      1948 - 1996
      Artist Rank 4
      Artist Rating 16.2912

      Lin Onus played a pivotal role in the recognition of Aboriginal art as an expression of a contemporary and dynamic living culture. Prior to his premature death at just 47, he was a prominent, strident, yet non-confrontational agent in renegotiating the history of colonial and Aboriginal Australia. His father, Bill Onus, was the founder of the Aboriginal Advancement League in Victoria… Read more

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    • Lofty Nabardayal Nadjamerrek

      Lofty Nabardayal Nadjamerrek

      available artworks: 0
      1926 - 2009

      Lofty Nadjamerrek was born and spent his youth at Kukkurlumurl and his clan lands in the Mann River region of Western Arnhem Land. It was amongst these rocky outcrops and caves, where they camped during the wet season, that Nabardayal's father, Yanjorluk, taught him the art of rock painting. Indeed a number of Yanjorluk and Nabardayal’s earliest cave paintings survive to th… Read more

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    • Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra

      Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1932

      A tall man, of ‘fine bearing’ as art teacher Geoff Bardon described him, Long Jack Phillipus was one of Bardon’s original group of ‘painting men’. Born at the important Rain Dreaming site of Kalipinypa, north-east of Kintore, he grew up in the bush and ‘came in’ with other family members to Haasts Bluff as a teenager in the late 1950’s … Read more

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    • Long Tom Tjapanangka

      Long Tom Tjapanangka

      available artworks: 0
      1929 - 2006

      It is not unusual for an Aboriginal artist to shy away from elaborating on a particular work, although this is more common when they are of sacred significance. However, this was not the case with the work Ulampuwarru (Haasts Bluff Mountain) that won the 2000 Telstra-sponsored 16th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA) for Long Tom Tjapanangka. The painti… Read more

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    • Lorna Fencer Naparrula

      Lorna Fencer Naparrula

      available artworks: 0
      1920 - 2006

      Born c.1925, at Yarturlu Yarturlu, a Yam Dreaming site, Lorna Fencer was the custodian of inherited land Yumurrpa situated near Chilla Well, south of the Granites Mine in the Tanami Desert. Her father’s country was Wapurtali. She spent her early years living a traditional life, until in 1949 she, along with many of her Warlpiri countrymen, were forcibly transported to the … Read more

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    • Lucy Napanangka

      Lucy Napanangka

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      1934 - 2003

      The first painters from the remote community of Wirrimanu (Balgo) were all raised in the bush. They were the last generation to undergo full initiation and live the traditional nomadic life. Inspiration and subject matter were drawn from the Dreaming stories that underpin the cultural framework that once allowed desert tribes to exist in this remote and arid country. Balgo itself l… Read more

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    • Mabel Juli

      Mabel Juli

      available artworks: 0
      1933

      Mabel was born c. 1933 at Five Mile, via Moola Bulla Station, East Kimberley Western Australia. She was raised in her mother’s country, Springvale Station.  The family then relocated to Bow River Station where Mabel worked as a young woman.   Mabel is a highly respected Traditional Kitja Elder and acknowledged as one of the great First Generation Ochre artists.&nbs… Read more

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    • Maggie Watson Napangardi

      Maggie Watson Napangardi

      available artworks: 2
      1925 - 2004

      Maggie Watson began painting at 60 years of age and became the senior female artist at Yuendumu, 300 kilometres north west of Alice Springs by the time of her death some 19 years later in 2004. Located in the southern reach of Warlpiri land, Yuendumu had become the main community in which Warlipri people were settled after the 1950’s. Maggie was a leader amongst a group of wome… Read more

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    • Makinti Napanangka

      Makinti Napanangka

      available artworks: 1
      1922 - 2011

      Makinti Napanangka walked in to Haasts Bluff ration depot during the 1940’s with her young son when in her early 20’s and by the time she had moved to the new settlement of Papunya had given birth to a daughter. Having been uprooted after encountering white men while still young, she later returned to her home country as the outstation movement gained strength, and settle… Read more

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    • Mani Wommatakimmi Luki

      Mani Wommatakimmi Luki

      available artworks: 0
      1914 - 1980

      Mani Luki was one of the early Tiwi master sculptors of the 1950s and 60s, whose works are now considered among the finest and most collectable of Tiwi carving. His distinctive figures focus upon the ancestral drama of Purukupali. The myth tells of how death came to the Tiwi world where once it was unknown. Bima, wife of Purukupali, secretly stole away with her husband’s brothe… Read more

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    • Maringka Baker

      Maringka Baker

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      1952

      Born in c1952, Maringka Baker left her birthplace of Kaliumpil Rockhole after her parents died when she was a young girl. She grew up with extended family and went to primary school at Warburton (WA) and high school at Ernabella (SA). Her work is held by state and national across across Australia and abroad.     COLLECTIONS National Gallery of Australia, Canbe… Read more

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    • Mathaman Marika

      Mathaman Marika

      available artworks: 0
      1915 - 1970

      Mathaman Marika lived the traditional bush life of the Yulgnu people of North East Arnhem Land until his first contact with ‘balanda’ white people when still a young man. He was in his early twenties when the Methodist missionary Rev. W.S. Chaseling collected the first bark paintings at Yirrkala and Caledon Bay between 1936 and 1939. Few Europeans were aware of Arnhem Lan… Read more

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    • Maurice Namatjira

      Maurice Namatjira

      available artworks: 0
      1939 - 1979

      Born in 1939, Maurice Namatjira was the fifth son of famous Hermannsbourg artist Albert Namatjira. Like his siblings, he learned to paint from his father in the late 1950s. His career was cut short when he passed away in 1977 at the age of just 38.   Collections:     Hermannsburg Art Gallery.; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Group Exhibitions:&n… Read more

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    • Mawalan Marika

      Mawalan Marika

      available artworks: 0
      1908 - 1967

      Mawalan Marika, head of the Rirratjingu clan from North East Arhnem land, is considered one of the true greats of the bark tradition. Born into an era before intensive European colonisation, he became a principle informant to anthropologists Charles Mountford, Roland Berndt and Catherine Berndt in the production of much of the early literature on Arnhem Land song poetry. He was … Read more

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    • Maxie Tjampitjinpa

      Maxie Tjampitjinpa

      available artworks: 1
      1947 - 1997

      Maxie Tjampitjinpa grew up in Hassts Bluff and attended the school in Papunya during the late 1960’s, prior to the establishment of the Western Desert art movement. By the time Geoff Bardon began teaching at the school, Maxie had been to High School at Nightcliff in Darwin and was working in the Territory capital. On returning to Papunya in his early 20’s he worked a… Read more

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    • Michael Nelson Tjakamarra

      Michael Nelson Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1945

      Born at Vaughan Springs (Mt. Doreen Station), 100 km west of Yuendumu, where a string of twenty-four freshwater springs support a flourishing desert oasis, Nelson was frightened by his first sight of white men as a young boy and remembers hiding from them in the bush. His family lived for a time at Haast's Bluff with the same family group as Long Jack Phillipus and later moved to… Read more

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    • Mick Kubarkku

      Mick Kubarkku

      available artworks: 1
      1922 - 2008

      Mick Kubarkku is recognised as being one of the great Kunwinjku artists. He was born c.1922 at Kukabarnka, the large Marrinj clan wetland area near the Liverpool River of Western Arnhem Land. Having spent his youth largely oblivious to a European presence, he was one of the few who remembered the old men who painted the caves there, and could give detailed interpretations o… Read more

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    • Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

      Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 0
      1926 - 1998

      During a career that spanned almost three decades Mick Namarari became a towering presence, whose variety of subjects and diversity of stylistic approaches kept him at the forefront of Western Desert painting. Geoff Bardon noted his ability as a painter from the earliest days of the movement when he  'could often unexpectedly be found late at night working away at his meticu… Read more

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    • Millie Skeen Nampijin

      Millie Skeen Nampijin

      available artworks: 0
      1935 - 1997

      Millie Skeen was born in the early 1930’s in her grand parents' country near Kiwirrkura, south of Balgo, beyond Lake McKay. In relating stories of her nomadic lifestyle as a little girl, walking from one place to another, she explained ‘living at Tjipirrkulu-big rock hole… we start walk to another place. Warlawarra. We camp there one night… Mother one ca… Read more

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    • Milliga Napaljarri

      Milliga Napaljarri

      available artworks: 0
      1921 - 1994

      Milliga was born near Kiwirrkura in 1922, long before contact with others beyond the reaches of her Great Sandy Desert homeland. She moved with her family in to the old Balgo Mission some time after it was established in 1942 and later moved to the new community after it relocated further north where permanent water could be found in the 1960’s. She took up painting shortly aft… Read more

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    • Minnie Pwerle

      Minnie Pwerle

      available artworks: 7
      1922 - 2006

      Born c.1922, in the Eastern Desert, Minnie Pwerle worked on the property and homestead of nearby pastoralists as a young girl and, and whilst still in her teens bore a daughter, Barbara (Florie), to Jack Weir, the owner of a neighbouring station. Jack was arrested and taken with Minnie and their child to Harts Range police station from which she walked the 600 kilometers back to her … Read more

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    • Mithinari Guruwiwi

      Mithinari Guruwiwi

      available artworks: 0
      1929 - 1976

      As a young man, Mithinari Guruwiwi learned to paint from famous Arnhem Land bark painter Mawalan Marika. Mithinari’s works have appeared in many significant overseas exhibitions including ‘Australian Aboriginal Art’ in Chicago, 1972, and ‘Aratjara – Art of the First Australians’ in Düsseldorf, London and Humlebaek, 1993–94. Mithinar… Read more

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    • Mitjili Naparrula

      Mitjili Naparrula

      available artworks: 0
      1946

      Described as one of the brightest stars of the Haasts Bluff art movement, Mitjili Napurrula has lived a life of absolute involvement in the formative years and ongoing development of modern desert art. Her mother, Tjunkiya Napaltjarri, who also became an artist of public repute, ‘came in’ from the drought-stricken Pintupi/Lurjita country seeking refuge and ratio… Read more

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    • Munggarawuy Yunupingu

      Munggarawuy Yunupingu

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      1905 - 1979

      Munggurrawuy Yunupingu was a prolific artist, who was a master of both bark painting and figurative carving. He was foremost amongst those artists who brought such artistic traditions to prominence being amongst the first artists to produce bark paintings for sale.  Although the majority of his works were produced between 1946 and 1978, the missionary, Wilbur Chaseling, collecte… Read more

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    • Muntja Nungurrayi

      Muntja Nungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 1997

      Born c.1930 (though some sources say she was born as early as 1924), Muntja Nungurrayi lived most of her life in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. She was an important Tingari elder who passed on her significant tradional knowledge of women's ceremonies and dreamings through her meticulous and charged paintings. She passed away in 1997.   Collection:&nbs… Read more

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    • Naata Nungurrayi

      Naata Nungurrayi

      available artworks: 6
      1932

      Born at Kumilnga, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia, Naata Nungurrayi was about 30 years of age when she encountered the welfare patrol in 1963 and was brought with her family to Papunya the flowing year. Forced to leave behind her beloved desert homelands, the memory of these places and the life she led there continues to provide the wellspring of her inspiration a… Read more

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    • Narritjin Maymuru

      Narritjin Maymuru

      available artworks: 0
      1916 - 1981

      At the time of his death in 1981, Narritjin Maymuru, along with his brother Nanyin and a classificatory brother Bokarra, were the leaders of the Manggalili clan, a small nomadic group of about fifty people, who lived at Djarrakpi (Cape Shield), in North East Arnhem Land. As with every clan, the Manggalili are associated with country, totems and design that places them on their … Read more

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    • Ngoia Pollard Napaljarri

      Ngoia Pollard Napaljarri

      available artworks: 5
      1948

      Born in Haasts Bluff c.1948, Ngoia Pollard went to school in Papunya and moved on to Kintore when she married Jack Tjampitjinpa. She began painting in 1997 and by 2004 had won the prestigous Advocate Central Australian Award, NT, and, two years later in 2006, the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award in the painting category. Since then she… Read more

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    • Ningura Gibson Napurrula

      Ningura Gibson Napurrula

      available artworks: 0
      1938 - 2013

      Ningura Naparrula wa born at Watulka, south of Kiwirrkurra c.1938. In her early 20s, in the company of a welfare patrol, she traveled with her husband Yala Yala Gibbs and her severely burnt young son Mawitji to the Papunya settlement for hospital treatment. Although they returned to the western desert, their brief encounter with settlement life saw them return to live in the new… Read more

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    • Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

      Nyapanyapa Yunupingu

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      1945

      Born c1945, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu lives in Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, NT. She has rapidly gained acclaim as a bark painter since 2008, when she held her first solo exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney. Since then the exclusive representation has yielded many more solo exhibitions and two inclusions in the Biennale of Sydney in 2012 and 2016. She was awarde… Read more

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    • Nyurapaiya Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

      Nyurapaiya Nampitjinpa (Mrs Bennett)

      available artworks: 0
      1935 - 2013

      Born c.1935, Nyuapaiya Nampitjinpa was instrumental in the development of the Haasts Bluff/Kintore Women's Painting Camp in 1994. She inherited her mother's dreamings, which are connected to sites at Yumarra, Wantjunga and Tjalilli, rockholes near Papunya, Pukara, Ngalkinginga and Munkara. She passed away in 2013.   Solo Exhibitions:  2010 - Mrs Bennett … Read more

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    • Old Mick Wallankarri Tjakamarra

      Old Mick Wallankarri Tjakamarra

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      1910 - 1996

      Born at Watikipinrri, west of central Mount Wedge, Mick Walankari had a mixed tribal background and is thought to have been one of the last surviving Kukatja of the Central Desert region. Having worked on cattle stations at Glen Helen and Narwietooma stations before being re-settled at Papunya and being able to speak English well, he often acted as a negotiator in the community. He b… Read more

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    • Old Tutuma Tjapangati

      Old Tutuma Tjapangati

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      1915 - 1987

      Born in c1915, Old Tutuma Tjapangati was one of the original Papunya Tula artist in the early 1970s. He was eager to begin traslating his Dreamings onto board right from the inception of the community at Papunya. He was an important ceremonial elder and was one of the first pintupi to own a camel, which he used to travel his homelands near Lake McDonald. He passed away in 1987. &nbs… Read more

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    • Old Walter Tjampitjinpa

      Old Walter Tjampitjinpa

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      1912 - 1981

      Walter Tjampitjinpa was already a pensioner at the time Geoff Bardon first visited the Papunya settlement in 1971. He was known to have visited Hermannsburg as early as 1923, in the company of a large group of men and young boys on an exploratory visit from Pintupi country. Respected as an elder statesman of the community, he was one of the first of the Pintupi people to be re-settle… Read more

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    • Oscar Namatjira

      Oscar Namatjira

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      1922 - 1991

      Oscar Namatjira, second son of Albert Namatjira, grew up with his family in Hermannsburg west of Alice Springs. Albert, a fully initiated member of the Arrernte people, had eloped with Rubina of the neighbouring Luritja tribe. They returned to mission life in 1923 with the first three children of what was to become a large family. The mission and the Lutheran religion remained centra… Read more

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    • Otto Pareroultja

      Otto Pareroultja

      available artworks: 1
      1914 - 1993

      Otto Pareroultja was the oldest of three brothers that Rex Battarbee referred to as the ‘breakaway group’. They were amongst the new generation to follow Albert Namatjira as the watercolour landscape artists at the Lutheran mission of Hermannsburg. Pareroultja was twelve years younger than Namatjira, and despite Battarbee’s initial preference for works by Otto&rsquo… Read more

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    • Owen Yalandja

      Owen Yalandja

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      1962

      Owen Yalandja is the son of artists Crusoe Kuningbal and Lena Kuriniya, and grew up at Barrihdjowkkeng outstation in West Arnhem Land between Maningrida and Gunbalanya. His father was the first artist to carve Mimih spirit figures, beginning around 1968. These were originally used in the Mamurrng trade ceremony, as well as in dances. He passed this artform on to Owen as well as his o… Read more

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    • Paddy (Jampin) Jaminji

      Paddy (Jampin) Jaminji

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      1912 - 1996

      Paddy Jaminji, was the classificatory ‘uncle’ of Rover Thomas and a highly respected elder during the establishment of the Warmun Community at Turkey Creek in the early 1970’s. Due to a combination of economic hardship and political upheaval he, along with many of his countrymen, had been displaced from his working life as a stockman and by a strange twist of fate b… Read more

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    • Paddy Compass Namatbara

      Paddy Compass Namatbara

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      1890 - 1973

      Paddy Compass Namatbara began painting at the Methodist mission at Minjilang (Croker Island) from its very inception in 1941. The centre was a melting pot of tribal groupings, and though Paddy, then in his early fifties, was not of the dominant Kunwinjku people, he became part of a dynamic group of artists, which by the late 1950’s included Yirawala, Midjaw Midjaw and Nangunyar… Read more

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    • Paddy Fordham Wainburranga

      Paddy Fordham Wainburranga

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      1941 - 2006

      During his lifetime, renowned artist, dancer, didgeridoo player, and storyteller Paddy Fordham Wainburranga embodied the living history of the people of Australia’s far north. Born in the bush at Bumdubu, near Bulman, north-east of Katherine, Paddy lived a totally traditional life learning the ancient customs and Dreamtime stories from his father and uncles. He first encou… Read more

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    • Paddy Nelson Tjupurrula

      Paddy Nelson Tjupurrula

      available artworks: 0
      1919 - 1999

      Following its beginnings at Papunya in the early 1970’s, Western Desert painting spread as the homelands movement saw the setting up of outstations east and south of Lake McKay in the border region between Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Simultaneous to its geographical spread, language groups other than the Pintupi began to paint. Warlpiri artists at Papunya such… Read more

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    • Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

      Paddy Nyunkuny Bedford

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      1922 - 2007

      Paddy Bedford was born at Bedford Downs Station in the East Kimberley c.1922. He was given the name Paddy after the station manager, Paddy Quilty, a hard man, who was believed to be the instigator of the strychnine poisoning of Gidja Men at Bedford Downs in retaliation for killing a milking cow near Mount King several years earlier. Like many of his Gidja countrymen, Bedford worked f… Read more

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    • Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri

      Paddy Sims Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 0
      1916 - 2010

      Paddy Tjapaltjarri Sims (1916-2010) was born south-west of Yuendumu prior to contact with Europeans. He began painting in the early 1980’s while  passing on his knowledge to many of the young men at the Yuendumu school. There was concern among the Warlpiri elders at the time, that the young people were loosing touch with their cultural identity.  In 1984, the school p… Read more

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    • Pansy Napangardi

      Pansy Napangardi

      available artworks: 0
      1940

      Born in Haasts Bluff c.1940 to a Luritja mother and a Warlpiri father, Pansy Napangardi was for a long time the leading female artist of Papunya Tula. Long before the international art world embraced Emily Kngwarreye, Pansy Napangardi was growing up in Papunya, watching the desert art founders as they painted. A totally unaffected, extremely pretty young woman, she became the first … Read more

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    • Patrick Oloodoodi Tjungurrayi

      Patrick Oloodoodi Tjungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1935

      Patrick Tjungurrayi was born in Yalangerri near Jupiter Well c.1935. A Pintupi and Kukatja speaker, he walked in from the desert while on the Canning Stock Route, and moved in to the Old Balgo Mission which had been established in 1943. Here he worked building the stone houses and, after the community moved in 1962, constructing the church at the new Balgo site. He met and marri… Read more

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    • Pegleg Tjampitjinpa

      Pegleg Tjampitjinpa

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      1920 - 2006

      Pegleg Tjampitjinpa was born in the Kiwirrkurra area c1920. He earned his nickname when an infected spear-wound from a tribal fight resulted, after four months of suffering and being carried by his father-in-law, in the loss of his leg from the knee down. He walked with the help of a long pole, which he used to propel himself forward in large strides. He and his family, including ove… Read more

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    • Peter Marralwanga

      Peter Marralwanga

      available artworks: 3
      1916 - 1987

      Peter Marralwanga resided for most of his life at the remote outstation of Marrkolidjban, in Western Arnhem Land. Although he moved to the nearby government settlement at Maningrida to lobby for formal recognition of his outstation in the 1960's, he soon returned to country, driven by a dislike of the lifestyle and concerns of foraging mining companies on Kunwinjku lands. Bark pa… Read more

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    • Poly Ngal

      Poly Ngal

      available artworks: 0
      1936

      Poly (Polly) Ngal was born in 1936 into the Anmatyarre tribe. Later she moved to Camel Camp in Utopia with her family and sisters, Kathleen Ngal, Maisy Ngal and Angeline Pwerl. Like many of the women in Utopia, Poly began her artistic career in batik in the early late 1970s, before venturing into painting with acrylic paints on canvas. Poly often assisted her sister Kathleen and als… Read more

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    • Prince Of Wales

      Prince Of Wales

      available artworks: 0
      1938 - 2002

      Born c.1938 at Belyuen (Dellisaville), a small community on the far side of Darwin Harbour, Midpul, more familiarly known as Prince of Wales, was a custodian and leader of Larakia ceremonies and dances, a leading didgeridoo player, and practiced art as ceremonial body painting for much of his life. His father, Imabul, was also known as King George and this, perhaps as much as the fac… Read more

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    • Queenie McKenzie Nakarra

      Queenie McKenzie Nakarra

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 1998

      Queenie McKenzie was born c.1930 at the Old Texas station on the Ord River in the north west of Western Australia. As a child, her Aboriginal mother protected her from removal to an orphanage under the prevailing government policy that took Aboriginal children such as Queenie, who’s absent father was white. As a young girl she began her life of cooking for the stockmen, tending… Read more

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    • Rammey Ramsey

      Rammey Ramsey

      available artworks: 1
      1935

      Though the trailblazers of the modern Aboriginal art movement have often been senior in years, their early life steeped in tradition, this has never hampered their capacity for innovation. The divergent approaches to art in the Kimberley area stems from the complex network of Dreamtime narratives that thread through its vast tracts of once shared land. The ceremonial exchanges that o… Read more

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    • Regina Wilson

      Regina Wilson

      available artworks: 3
      1948

      Master weaver, renowned painter and respected elder Regina Wilson plays a leading role in the small, peaceful community of Peppimenarti and its flourishing art centre, Durrmu Arts. With her late husband, Harold Wilson, she was pivotal in the founding of this community after successful land rights campaigns in 1973. Peppimenarti is situated deep in the Daly River wetlands 300 kilometr… Read more

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    • Robert Campbell, Junior

      Robert Campbell, Junior

      available artworks: 0
      1944 - 1993

      Born in Kempsey, NSW, in 1944, Robert Campbell Jnr was an urban Aboriginal artist best known for his colourful acrylic paintings depicting the hystorical and contemporary experiences and struggles of the Aboriginal people. He was represented by the renowned Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney. In 1993 he died suddenly of heart failure, leaving behind his de- facto wife and two … Read more

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    • Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

      Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

      available artworks: 5
      1943

      As a young man of almost 13, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa walked with his family out of the West Australian desert and settled into life in the tumultuous and crowded settlement of Papunya. It was the height of the assimilationist era as the Australia Government oversaw the movement of traditional nomadic people from their Pintupi homelands. In 1971, at the dawn of the Desert painting moveme… Read more

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    • Rosella Namok

      Rosella Namok

      available artworks: 17
      1979

      Rosella Namok describes herself as a ‘modern artist’. Her painting engages traditional themes but she explores them in her own distinctive style, bearing the markers of a modern sensibility. The ‘culture and stories’ of which Namok paints revolve loosely around several narratives. They are stories of her social and physical or natural environment featuring eve… Read more

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    • Rover (Julama) Thomas

      Rover (Julama) Thomas

      available artworks: 1
      1926 - 1998
      Artist Rank 2
      Artist Rating 24.5084

      Acclaimed as a cultural leader and the seminal figure in establishing the East Kimberley School, Rover Thomas is, according to almost every empirical measure, the most influential Aboriginal artist in the history of this movement. Yet, had he become an artist in his Walmatjarri-Kukaja traditional country, near Well 33 on the Canning Stock Route, his art would have doubtlessly develop… Read more

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    • Sally Gabori

      Sally Gabori

      available artworks: 0
      1924 - 2015

      Sally Gabori began her relatively short but spectacular art career in 2005. She had never held a paintbrush or learnt anything of contemporary art when she was given art materials at the age of 81 at her aged care home on Mornington Island. By the time of her death in 2015, she had developed her own painterly language that had taken the Aiustralian art world by storm.   Gabori … Read more

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    • Sam Tjampitjin

      Sam Tjampitjin

      available artworks: 1
      1930 - 2004

      'We call it Wilkinkarra, you Kardiya (white fellas) call it Lake MacKay,' explained a young relative of Sam Tjampitjin’s as the old man looked with immense delight upon the shimmering waters of the lake, his homeland (McCulloch 2001). Sam Tjampitjin, then in his seventies, had returned to the place of his birth for the filming of Painting Country. It was the first time… Read more

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    • Shane Pickett

      Shane Pickett

      available artworks: 0
      1957 - 2010

      Shane Pickett was born in 1957 in Ballardung Country in the south west of Western Australia. He was the foremost Nyoongar artist of his generation, combining a modern, abstract landscape-painting style with ancient spirituality. He has exhibited in every state and territory in Australia, as well as in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. His sudden death in 2010, at the age of… Read more

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    • Shorty Lungkarda Tjungurrayi

      Shorty Lungkarda Tjungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1914 - 1987

      As one of the ‘new Pintupi’, arriving amongst the last of the nomadic groups to the enforced resettlement community of Papunya, Shorty Lungkarda, a senior hunter, dancer, and respected tribal leader, only joined the painting movement in 1972. Although he arrived toward the end of Geoffrey Bardon’s time there, moving out to Yayayi with other Pintupi just a year later… Read more

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    • Shorty Robertson Jangala

      Shorty Robertson Jangala

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 2014

      Shorty Jangala Robertson was born at Jila (Chilla Well), a large soakage and claypan north west of Yuendumu. He lived a nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyle with his parents, older brother and extended Warlpiri family. They travelled vast distances across desert country, passing through Warlukurlangu, south west of Jila and Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu, visiting Jangalas, his skin … Read more

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    • Sunfly Tjampitjin

      Sunfly Tjampitjin

      available artworks: 0
      1916 - 1996

      Sunfly Tjampitjin, was born in the Alec Ross Ranges north-west of Lake Mackay c. 1920 and began painting in his mid sixties in 1984, several years prior to the establishment of  Warlayirti Artists at Balgo Hills. As the senior Kukatja ritual leader he, and other elder men of the community, sought to create a body of work to record, in the most intimate detail, the site maps of t… Read more

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    • Susie Bootja Bootja Napaljarri

      Susie Bootja Bootja Napaljarri

      available artworks: 0
      1932 - 2003

      Behind her diminutive frame, Susie Bootja Bootja was a ‘larger than life’ character whose artistic practice epitomized the Balgo women’s panache for experimentation. Her early figurative works predominantly featured waterholes with snake creators spouting ‘living water’ with a dual use of both traditional and western representations of country. At that t… Read more

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    • Thomas Nandjiwarra Amagula

      Thomas Nandjiwarra Amagula

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      1926 - 1989

      Nandjiwarra Amagula was a man of extraordinary skills and integrity. Not only an artist of renown in the bark tradition of Groote Eylandt, he was also a community leader and political negotiator and received an MBE at the age of 45 for service to his community. Amagula acted alongside David Gulpillil in the 1970s classic ‘The Last Wave’ (Peter Weir), was a friend of celeb… Read more

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    • Tiger Palpatja

      Tiger Palpatja

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      1920 - 2012

      Though he began painting at the late age of 85, Tiger Palpatja had much energy and experience to convey to the world. His colourful, lively compositions immediately attracted acclaim from the art world and saw him included as a finalist in national art awards and in exhibitions across the country, as well as overseas. His blood reds, delicate pinks, lilacs and molten yellows give his… Read more

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    • Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri

      Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 1
      1934 - 1984

      Before settling with his wife Daisy and their six children at Papunya in the early 1950’s, Tim Leura was born c. 1934 and grew up and worked around Napperby and nearby cattle stations that had taken over his traditional tribal lands north-west of Alice Springs. Working for white people gave him a command of English as well as some familiarity with European ways, but tribal trad… Read more

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    • Timmy Payungka Tjapangati

      Timmy Payungka Tjapangati

      available artworks: 0
      1935 - 2000

      Timmy Payungka was one of the original group of artists who began painting for Geoff Bardon in 1971. Seeking sustenance during severe drought, he and his family walked a great distance from their homelands in the Gibson Desert, west of Wilkinkarra, Western Australia. After arriving at Haasts Bluff during his childhood he later travelled with family members back to his homelands far t… Read more

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    • Tjumpo Tjapanangka

      Tjumpo Tjapanangka

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      1929 - 2007

      At the time of his death in 2007, Tjumpo Tjapanangka was Balgo’s most venerated male artist. Born c.1930, and settled a long distance from his traditional homeland near Karnapilya in the area west of Lake Mackay (Wilkinkarra), he had become the most highly regarded Law Man in the community. In its infancy Balgo was geographically isolated and often cut off from outside contact… Read more

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    • Tjungkara Ken

      Tjungkara Ken

      available artworks: 0
      1969

      Born in 1969, Tjungkara Ken grew up in Amata, South Australia, where she still lives and paints for Minymaku Arts. In 2010 she was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Art Award, and in 2017 she was a finalist in the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW.   Group Exhibitions:  2016 - Ngayuku ngura - My Country, featuring Tji… Read more

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    • Tjunkiya Napaljarri

      Tjunkiya Napaljarri

      available artworks: 0
      1927 - 2009

      Tjunkiya Napaljarri, daughter of famous artist Mitjili Naparrula, was born in 1927 in the Kintore. She transitioned from making traditional batiks to painting canvases in the early 1990s. Before her death in 2009, at the age of 92, she became a renowned and celebrated artist as well as a senior Pintupi woman in Papunya Tula.     Collections National Gallery of Australia… Read more

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    • Tommy (Yannima) Watson

      Tommy (Yannima) Watson

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      1935 - 2017

      Pitjantjatjara elder Tommy Watson gained wide domestic and international exposure in an astonishingly short amount of time. Beginning his artistic career in 2002, his paintings were greeted with instant acclaim. His first works were created at the community arts centre in Irrunytju (also named Wingellina) located 12 km south-west of the tri-state border where the Northern Territory, … Read more

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    • Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri

      Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 0
      1935 - 1987

      Lowry was one of the foundation members of the Papunya Tula painting group to work with Geoffrey Bardon. He does not, however, appear as a profiled artist amongst those discussed in the ‘lives of the artist’ chapter in Bardon’s seminal book Papunya: A Place Made after a Story. Vivien Johnson speculated in her book 'The lives of Papunya Tula Atists' (2008: 11… Read more

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    • Tommy McRae

      Tommy McRae

      available artworks: 0
      1830 - 1901

      Nineteenth century artist Tommy McRae lived and worked along Victoria’s upper Murray River area during the disruption and ultimate end of traditional tribal life amongst the Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. European settlers, gold-diggers and pastoralists increasingly took over their traditional hunting grounds and homelands. Like many of his people, McRae found a … Read more

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    • Tommy Skeen Tjakamarra

      Tommy Skeen Tjakamarra

      available artworks: 0
      1930 - 2001

      A Ngardi tribesman, Tommy Skeen was born in his country near Yaka Yaka, c.1930, and grew up in the desert north of Lake McKay before moving to the mission at Balgo Hills and later working in the Kimberley cattle industry. One of the founding painters at Balgo, his early works exhibited marked shifts in palette and an absence of the subdued ochre colours more commonly used by men at … Read more

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    • Tracey Moffatt

      Tracey Moffatt

      available artworks: 0
      1960

      It was no doubt the experience of growing up ‘between cultures’ that sharpened photographer and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt’s acute perceptive faculties. Born to an Aboriginal mother and Irish father, she was adopted by a white working-class family and brought up in the suburban sprawl of outer Brisbane. Her birth mother would visit her there and, as Moffatt describes … Read more

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    • Trevor Nickolls

      Trevor Nickolls

      available artworks: 6
      1949 - 2012

      Brought up in the suburbs of Adelaide, Trevor Nickolls began drawing and painting from the age of eight years old. These early explorations would later become the basis for his livelihood as an art teacher, though he never aspired for the material attributes that so often accompany a middle-class lifestyle. However, grounding in the theory of Western art put Nickolls in a unique posi… Read more

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    • Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula

      Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula

      available artworks: 0
      1938 - 2001

      Turkey Tolson was born under a tree beside a creek bed about eight kilometres east of Haasts Bluff. After years working in the Haasts Bluff stock camp droving cattle to Mount Leibig, he underwent initiation into manhood and the family moved to the Papunya settlement where Turkey worked as a construction labourer and in the communal kitchen. In 1961 he married and moved with his young… Read more

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    • Uta Uta Tjangala

      Uta Uta Tjangala

      available artworks: 0
      1926 - 1990

      Uta Uta’s painting career and reputation is closely aligned to the artistic renaissance that began at Papunya in 1971. He was a founding member of the men's painting group, inspired other Pintupi tribesmen, and becoming one of the most senior and influential painters amongst the group. Born in Western Australia in Drovers Hills, he made the epic journey to Haasts Bluff with… Read more

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    • Violet Petyarre

      Violet Petyarre

      available artworks: 2
      1945

      Violet Petyarre (with her brothers and sisters) has custodial rights of the Arnkerrth Dreaming (Mountain Devil Lizard), which together with its associated narrative, is referenced in all of her works. Violet Petyarre's artistic endeavors commenced 1977 with Batik tie-dying and woodblock printing techniques, in which her Dreaming references were burnt into wood with hot wire and t… Read more

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    • Wakartu Cory Surprise

      Wakartu Cory Surprise

      available artworks: 0
      1929

      Cory Surprise was born in 1929 in the Fitzroy Crossing region of the Kimberley, NT.  'I first started painting at Karrayili Adult Education Centre in the early eighties. We told our stories through painting and learned to speak to kartiya [European person]. I also did painting at Bayulu community near Fitzroy Crossing. That’s how I told my story to kartiya. We worked … Read more

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    • Walala Tjapaltjarri

      Walala Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 1
      1960

      Walala Tjapaltjarri, brother of well-known painters Warlimpirrnga and Thomas Tjapaltjarri, was born in the Gibson Desert east of Kiwirrkura in the early 1960’s. He was one of a small party, that included his brothers, several sisters, and two old aunts whose arrival in Kiwirrkura in 1984 made international headlines that proclaimed the discovery of a  ‘Lost Tribe&rsq… Read more

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    • Walangkura Napanangka

      Walangkura Napanangka

      available artworks: 6
      1946 - 2014

      As one of the last generation to remember a childhood lived in the desert hunting and gathering with her family, Walangkura Napanangka’s paintings recall the stories of country and the location of specific sites in her traditional homeland west of the salt lake of Karrkurutinjinya (Lake Macdonald). Born in 1946, at Tjitururrnga west of Kintore, in the remote and arid country be… Read more

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    • Wally Mandarrk

      Wally Mandarrk

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      1915 - 1987

      Born around 1915, Wally Mandarrk grew up in south-central Arnhem Land and spent time at Marlkawo near Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek’s country of Kabulwarnamyo. He did not meet a European until 1946 when he began work at a sawmill in Maranboy. He remained by all accounts a private and traditional man, avoiding contact with Balanda (non-Indigenous people). Through the 1960s and 70s … Read more

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    • Walter Ebatarinja

      Walter Ebatarinja

      available artworks: 2
      1915 - 1968

      Walter Ebatarinja was among the amazed and delighted local Aboriginal audience who attended the initial exhibition of watercolours by Rex Batterbee and John Gardner at the Lutheran mission in Hermannsburg in 1932. Walter, already an accomplished craftsman, wished also to be taught the new painting method like his uncle Albert Namatjira. He had to wait however until Albert returned fr… Read more

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    • Wandjuk Marika

      Wandjuk Marika

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      1930 - 1987

      Wanjuk Marika, the eldest son of Mawalan Marika, was motivated throughout his life by an interest in, and understanding towards others along with a determination to use this understanding to fight for and protect his land. The Yolngu people of North-East Arnhem Land had a centuries old tradition of mutually beneficial trade with their Maccasan neighbours who regularly visited from In… Read more

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    • Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

      Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

      available artworks: 1
      1950

      Warlimpirrnga was the eldest amongst a small group of Pintupi people who walked into the newly established community of Kiwirrkura in 1984. Before, they had maintained an isolated and traditional existence at the insistence of their elders, in country west of Lake Mackay in the Great Sandy Desert. With the death of these crucial leaders, the nine, who were hailed in the med… Read more

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    • Wattie Karruwara

      Wattie Karruwara

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      1910 - 1983

      Wattie Karruwara was born in the Hunter River basin in the far north west of Western Australia c1910. In 1921 two shipwrecked sailors stole a canoe from a clansman and, in an attempt to cross the Hunter River, became swamped. On their return to shore, the owner of the canoe speared and killed them, and as a consequence the police detained four women and two men, of whom Wattie w… Read more

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    • Weaver Jack

      Weaver Jack

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      1928 - 2010

      A tiny woman of indomitable spirit, Weaver Jack came to national attention in 2006 when her self-portrait caused a stir for the Archibald Prize. This was because it was, on the surface, a landscape painting. This was a challenge for many in regard to the traditions of portraiture, especially in the context of Australia’s most lucrative art prize. Yet an identity founded in the … Read more

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    • William (King Billy) Barak

      William (King Billy) Barak

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      1824 - 1903

      William Barak was one of the seminal Indigenous artists of Australia’s early colonial period. His life and art were characterised by the duality inherent in his strong tribal identity and his status as an important intermediary in the cultural dialogue that took place between the black and white inhabitants of the early Victorian settlement. While he was renowned amongst early … Read more

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    • Willie Kuribi Gudipi

      Willie Kuribi Gudipi

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      1916 - 1996

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    • Willie Ryder Tjungurrayi

      Willie Ryder Tjungurrayi

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      1930

      Despite his reputation as a major figure in the Central Desert art movement, Willy Tjungurrayi did not move to Papunya from his birthplace, Patjanta, until his late 30’s, several years after Geoff Bardon had departed the community. He came in from the desert as part of a large group led by Charlie Tarawa and his camels, and was trucked across to Papunya with most of the other r… Read more

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    • Wimmitji Tjapangati

      Wimmitji Tjapangati

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      1924 - 2000

      Born in Kutakurtal around 1924, Wimmitji Tjapangarti moved to the old Balgo mission in 1943 as a young initiated man. He began painting alongside his wife Eubena Nampitjin when in his 60’s and together, they created a unique shared aesthetic 'quite different from that of the other Balgo painters' (Watson 1997: 49). Their early works, produced at the Adult Education Cent… Read more

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    • Wingu Tingima

      Wingu Tingima

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      1920 - 2010

      Wingu Tingima was a senior woman of the Pitjantjara people of the Great Victoria Desert, a vast area that stretches across southern central Australia. She grew up in the semi-nomadic tradition near her birthplace, Nyumun, close by the rock hole at Kuru Ala, W.A. She referred to her young self as a ‘bush girl’, having had no contact with European people until her family, p… Read more

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    • Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi

      Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi

      available artworks: 0
      1924 - 1998

      Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi was born c.1924 at Iltuturunga and first left his homelands west of Lake Macdonald in 1962 with his wife Ningura Napurrula in order to seek treatment of their son Mawitji who was suffering from severe burns. Following this first taste of community life during which Mawitji was treated in the newly established Papunya community hospital they returned with w… Read more

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Cooee Art foremost acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, as the traditional owners and custodians of the unceded land and waters on which we work and reside.

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