Aboriginal Paintings

Aboriginal paintings are a rich and varied art form. This online gallery offers a fine selection of Australian Aboriginal paintings by artists from communities in the Kimberley, Central and Western Desert and Top End (including Arnhem Land) regions of Australia.

The variety of painting styles in the regions is described in our Regions and communities section.

Paintings are arranged by regions – click on the link to see paintings from a particular region. If you want to read a short biography of the one of the artists, go to the Art and Artistssection of our Website.

The prices below are in Australian dollars and do not include packing, delivery and insurance – use the “Enquire” button to confirm availability of a painting and the cost of delivery. To check the equivalent price in other currencies, use the Currency Conversion link.

 

Raymond Tjapaltjarri
Title: Kuta Kuta
Price: $2850.00 in Australia and Export.
PA077, 2005
Acrylic on linen
107 x 91 cm
This painting shows designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Kuta Kuta, north of the Kiwirkurra community. In mythological times a large group of Tingari men camped at this site before travelling north to Piparr south of Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). This area belongs to the artist’s grandfather. The different areas of colour depict the sandhills that the group of men followed on their travel. Raymond is the son of famous, award winning Papunya Tula artist, Patrick Olodoodi Tjungurrayi. Since events associated with the Tingari Circle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari men were usually followed by Tingari women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.
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Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Martin Tjampitjinpa
Title: Muyinga
Price: $4500.00 in Australia and Export.
PA085, 2006
Acrylic on linen
46 x 91 cm
This painting relates to the claypan site of Muyinga, slightly west of Kintore. In mythological times a group of Tingari men camped at this site as they travelled towards the west, later arriving at an important site known as Ngurrapulangu. This is a low lying area situated at the base of a long escarpment which consists of a number of huge claypans. The many small roundels represent the soakages and rockholes that the men visited at sites further west, which included the well know site of Umari. Martin Tjampitjinpa was one of the most distinguished of the younger Papunya Tula artists. This work comes with a certificate from Papunya Tula Artists. A copy of the booklet accompanying his commemorative exhibition in 2007 is also included.
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Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Susan Wanji Wanji
Title: Yikwani
Price: $1800.00 in Australia and Export.
PA426, 2012
Ochres on linen canvas
80 x 150 cm
After the fire has passed leaves drop on the burnt ground. Yikwani is the Tiwi name for fire. It is also used for burning off overgrown vegetation following the heavy ‘Wet Season’ rains (which covers the period of late Spring through to early Autumn), regenerating and encouraging new growth and aiding in hunting trips.
Delivery Costs for this item
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Silas Hobson
Title: Sorry Moment
Price: $3025.00 in Australia
$2750.00 for Export.
PA1200, 2005
Acrylic on canvas
195 x 133 cm
Delivery Costs for this item
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Mignonette Jamin
Title: Jamin and Goornyimiyi
Price: $3650.00 in Australia and Export.
PA090, 2005
Natural ochres on canvas, stretched
80 x 100 cm
In an area of the artist’s traditional country near Port Keats in the Northern Territory the artist represents with her signature circles and looped forms the billabongs either side of a small creek-Jamin(her name). At the top of the painting two hills either side of the creek are Jamin Hill on the left side and Goornyimiyi(her cousin’s name) on the right. Along the left edge “…are all little hills. All the rest are billabongs-billabongs everywhere in my country.”
Delivery Costs for this item
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Roy Underwood
Title: Miramiratjara
Price: $2100.00 in Australia and Export.
PA1502, 2010
Acrylic on canvas
112 x 160 cm
Roy’s paintings are always rich with story which reflects his wealth of knowledge and authority in many areas of Spinifex country and beyond. In this dense design, Roy paints Miramiratjara, a place of a serious nature in that it cannot be accessed without the accompaniment of senior custodians. At Miramiratjara there are many Wanampi (water snakes) who guard a permanent underground water supply. This area was a place that people could retreat to when all of the rockhole water had dried up in the harshest periods. Roy has indicated briefly the presence of the Karnka (crow) story at Miramiratjara being the reason for the red background. The karnka set the area on fire due to a dispute with another party. There are other aspects of the story which are sacred.
Delivery Costs for this item
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Anmanari Napanangka
Title: Bush Mushroom
Price: $1200.00 in Australia and Export.
PA960, 2010
Acrylic on linen canvas
81 x 122 cm
Delivery Costs for this item
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77
Willie Kew
Title: Hills and Rockholes, Nyirla
Price: $3300.00 in Australia
$3000.00 for Export.
PA1108, 2003
Acrylic on canvas
86 x 100 cm
Delivery Costs for this item
Australia $33
North America $77
Europe $77