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Lily Karadada

102 Career Overall Rank

42 2020 Market Rank

  • Born: 0

  • Region: Kimberley, WA
  • Language: Wunambal

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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 mystery. The much older but unrelated Bradshaw figures are also found in this area, as is the powerful Rainbow Serpent. For the local tribes, the Wandjina ancestor spirits were the pivot of their natural and cultural world. Each clan group traces its decent from a distinct cave area. Lily was born near the Prince Regent River and her bush name, Mindindil, means 'bubbles'. This name refers to the time when her father saw bubbles emerging in the freshwater spring and announced to his wife, “Ah, what this one here, he comes out bubble? Ah! Might be kid.”

Many aeons ago (during the Dreamtime), after their creative acts were done, the Wandjina lay down in the caves, leaving their life giving essence in the cave paintings as they returned to their home in the clouds. They are known as rainmakers and bring fertility to the land. They are usually shown either in groups or surrounded by associated totemic species. Always depicted frontally, their large eyes dominate in a mouthless face, sometimes on top of a simple robe-like body, with no apparent limbs or feet. Radiating lines around the eyes or in a halo around the head represent the lightning that heralds the storm. The first lightning strike renders their mouths tightly closed. If their mouths were left open, we are told, it would rain incessantly, carrying everything away in an absolute torrent. Wandjina float vertically on the rock surface or may be shown lying down. They are precious ancient icons, and their contemporary re-representation has allowed for their preservation and the survival of a unique culture.

The earliest copying of these images from rock to bark was at the request of early missionaries and explorers during the 1930s, after the Benedictine mission was established. The missionaries displaced Lily’s Wanambal people from their traditional lands. Their way of life, including the regular re-touching of the rock images and conveying of stories by tribal elders was forbidden. Lily still recalls how the hard work routines of their early mission life took all their time and energy. These days Kalumburu is Aboriginal-run and income is largely derived from art and craft production. The Karedada family have long been recognised as leaders in the Wandjina tradition.

When Kimberley art first found its way to the market during the 1970s under the guidance Mary Macha, Lily and her husband Jack Karedada participated in the first exhibition in Perth. Bringing this unique tradition to public attention ensured its survival. The assimilation of sacred elements into the secular did not detract from its numinous character, or its ability to mesmerise an audience.  Lily’s refined style, full of subtle variations in tone, her figures outlined and with the distinctive pointy shoulders of her particular cave area, often emerge from a veil of rain-like dots. They are accompanied by animal spirits, beautifully captured in uncluttered character. Lily’s totems are the turkey, possum and white cockatoo. She belongs to the Jirrengar owlet moiety and the Wandjina hold a special affinity with the owl. A sympathetic Wandjina spirit rescued the legendary owl, Dumbi, from a group of playful children who were pulling out its feathers. Though the Wandjina returned to the clouds, a close association remained between the two.

Lily collects pigments and other natural art materials from the bush as well as using modern ones. She has incorporated the imagery of techniques such as mouth spray and hand stencil. Unlike most other contemporary Aboriginal art forms, historical precedents have determined the artistic features of this tradition, though an element of experimentation has always been present. Art and artefact production was a response to social change and dislocation from traditional culture and lands. Its continual evolution sustains the small community and provides guidance and inspiration to new generations.

 

Profile author: Sophie Baka


Collections    

Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands
Artbank, Sydney.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Christensen Collection, held Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
Museum de Lyon, France.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.

Individual Exhibitions

2011 - Lily Karadada The Last of the Great Wandjina Painters, Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney.

2010 - Lily Karadeda, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.
2000 - Lily Karadeda, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.

Group Exhibitions

2018 - Keepers of the Kimberley, Cooee Art Gallery, Sydney.

2016 - Cooee Art at Australian Galleries, Australian Galleries, Sydney.

2011 - Bark Paintings 1930-2000 - And New Works from Bula Bula, featuring Baluka Maymuru , Banguli , Barrngandi , Bomandi , Darringguwuy , David Gurrumirringu Malangi , Dick Barinbungung , Djawida Nadjongarle , Djawida Nadjongorle , Elizabeth Nyuguwana , George Ganyjibala , George Liwukang Bukulatjpi , George Milpurrurru , Jack Madagarlgarl , Jacky Atjarral , James Gaykamangu , James Iyuna , Jimmy and Elisabeth Wululu , Jimmy Moduk , Jimmy Njiminjuma , Jimmy Wululu , John Gurruwiwi Mandjuwi , Les Mirrikkurriya , Lily Karadada , Linda Namiyal Bopirri , Lofty Nabardayai Nadjamerrek , Mickey Ganambarr Daypurryun, Nabamdlule, Narrawu Wanambi, Paddy Compass Namatbara, Peter Marralwanga, Philip Gadthaykudthay , Philip Gudthaykudthay , Robyn Djunginy, Roy Burnyila, Thompson Yulidjirri, Tom Djimpurrpurr , Tom Djumburpur, Trudy Miltjuntjun , Wally Lipuwanga , Wally Mandarrk , William Wilanydjangu at Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney.

2010 - Passing on tradition - new and old Kimberley, featuring Gordon Barney, Paddy Bedford, Jack Britten, Charlene Carrington, Tommy Carroll, Billy Duncan, Hector Jandanay, Lily Karedada, Rosie Karedada, Queenie McKenzie, Jock Mosquito, Beerbee Mungnari, Mark Nodea *, Nancy Nodea, Nancy Noonju, Peggy Patrick, Rusty Peters, Marcia Purdie, Shirley Purdie, Phyllis Thomas, Freddy Timms, Enry Wambiny @ Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, Sydney.
2009 - Floating Life - Contemporary Aboriginal Fibre Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
2009 - Parcours des Mondes, Arts d’Australie, Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France; Dreamtime, Musée Les Abattoirs with Arts d’Australie, Stéphane Jacob, Toulouse, France.
2007 - Parcours des Mondes, Galerie Arts d'Australie, Stephane Jacob, Paris.
2006 - Christofle invite l’Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Musée Bouilhet Christofle, Saint Denis, France.
2005 - Kaos, Parcours des Mondes, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob, Paris, France; Terre de Rêves, Terre des Hommes, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Musée de la Préhistoire d’Île de France, Nemours, France;Terre de Rêves, Terre des Hommes, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Ambassade d’Australie, Paris, France.
2004 - EXPLAINED, A closer look at Aboriginal art, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2000 - Exposition collective, Arts d’Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Espace Mezzo - Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris.
1999 - Exposition collective, Australie – Art, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / J.L. Amsler - Bastille, Paris.
1997 - Exposition collective, L’Art des Aborigènes d’Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Galerie de Stassart, Bruxelles; Exposition collective, L’Art des Aborigènes d’Australie, Arts d'Australie, Stéphane Jacob / Espace Paul Riquet, Béziers.
1994 - Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.
1993 - Images of Power, Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1992 - Broome Fringe Festival, Broome.
1991 - Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1990 - Balance 1990: views, visions, influences, QAG, Brisbane.
1988 - Karnta, Touring South-east Asia, [non selling Karnta show].
1981 - Die kunst der Australischen Ureinwohner lebt, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde, Dresden.
 

Profile References

Kleinert, Sylvia & Neale, Margo . 2000. The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture. Melbourne. Oxford University Press.
Ryan, Judith. 1993. Images of Power, Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley. Melbourne. National Gallery of Victoria.
Isaacs, Jennifer. 1999. Australian Aboriginal paintings. Sydney. Lansdowne.
McCulloch, Susan. 2005. McCullochs Contemporary Aboriginal Art, the complete guide. Carlton, Vic. McCulloch and McCulloch.

Profile References

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Sites

Subjects

Wandjina

Medium

Natural Earth Pigment on Eucalyptus Bark

Regional Map

Note: This map is a representation and not accurate. Some sites are sacred and therefore not shown.

Market Performance

Career Totals

AIAM100 Rank
102
AIAM100 Rating
1.8306
Sold/Offered
105/147
Clearance Rate
71%
Average Price
$2,061
Total Price
$216,378
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$1,668 $9,000 $2,350 $0 $1,846 $1,829 $2,242 $2,484 $4,450 $2,399 $2,606 $1,464 $2,277 $1,105 $0 $1,414 $0 $1,529 $1,910 $1,968 $0
Yearly Market Performance Graph from 2000 - 2020

Top 10 Artworks Sold at Auction

1

Wandjina

sale price: $4,830.00
auction: GFL Fine Art, Perth  lot: 48 date: 27/05/2014
120 x 180 cm Acrylic on canvas
2

Wandjina

sale price: $4,313.00
auction: GFL Fine Art, Perth  lot: 84 date: 27/11/2018
112 x 82 cm Natural ochres on canvas
3

Black Lightning and Rainmaker Wandjina

sale price: $3,680.00
auction: GFL Fine Art, Perth  lot: 38 date: 08/03/2015
120 x 180 cm Ochre on canvas
4

Wandjinas - 1995

sale price: $0.00
auction: CooeeArt MarketPlace, Sydney  lot: 36 date: 0000-00-00
119.0 x 90.0 cm Natural earth pigments on paper
5

Wandjina - 1990

sale price: $0.00
auction: CooeeArt MarketPlace, Sydney  lot: 27 date: 0000-00-00
90.0 x 60.0 cm natural earth pigments on linen
6

Black Lightning Wandjina - 2003

sale price: $0.00
auction: CooeeArt MarketPlace, Sydney  lot: 66 date: 00/00/0000
100.0 x 76.0 cm natural earth pigment on canvas
7

Black Lightning Wandijina - 2003

sale price: $0.00
auction: cooee, Sydney  lot: N/A date: 00/00/0000
100 x 76 cm Natural Earth Pigments on Canvas
8

Wandjina - 2002

sale price: $0.00
auction: CooeeArt MarketPlace, Sydney  lot: 31 date: 00/00/0000
120.0 x 160.0 cm natural earth pigments on Belgian linen
9

Wandjina -

sale price: $0.00
auction: cooee, Sydney  lot: N/A date: 00/00/0000
103 x 47.5 cm Natural Earth Pigments on Bark
10

Wandjina -

sale price: $0.00
auction: cooee, Sydney  lot: N/A date: 00/00/0000
81 x 33 cm Natural Earth Pigments on Bark

Available Artworks

Wandjinas by Lily Karadada
Wandjinas - 1995
Lily Karadada 19

119.0 x 90.0 cm
#16023 LOCATION: Bondi Beach
Estimate Upon Request

Black Lightning Wandjina by Lily Karadada
Black Lightning Wandjina - 2003
Lily Karadada 19

100.0 x 76.0 cm
MP #329 LOCATION: Bondi Beach
Estimate Upon Request

Wandjina by Lily Karadada
Wandjina - 2002
Lily Karadada 19

120.0 x 160.0 cm
MP #454 LOCATION: Bondi Beach
Estimate Upon Request

Wandjina by Lily Karadada
Wandjina - 1990
Lily Karadada 19

90.0 x 60.0 cm
MP #125