Artists

Josaia W McNamara

Fiji

I consider myself as a visionary artist, as my inspirations derive from the foundation of three basic principles, which are inspired and influenced by Fijian culture, Catholicism and spiritualism. I believe that art is a form and way of life. It is universal. It has the potential and power to…

Judy Napangardi Watson

Yuendumu, NT

Born at Yarungkanji, Mt. Doreen Station (west of Yuendumu), Judy Napangardi Watson is a senior Warlpiri female painter. A woman of incredible energy that is transmitted to her work through her dynamic use of colour, and energetic “dragged dotting” style. She is at the forefront of a move…

Julie Nangala Robinson

Yuendumu, NT

Julie is the traditional custodian of her country Pirlinyanu, a land of rocky outcrops and deep water springs. It is a water dreaming site (Ngapa Jukurrpa) near Mina Mina.

Karnta Karnta Billy Thomas

Great Sandy Desert, WA

In his own words, Billy was born “wild” in the mid 1920ʻs south of Billiluna Station in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia. After a career as a stockman, police tracker, and traditional healer, Billy Thomas was to become renowned as an artist.

Kathleen Ngale

Utopia, NT

An amazing energetic elderly artist, she experimented with colour and brush strokes in creating works that had energy and intensity, and canvases that exuded clouds of luminosity, celebrating the seasons and productivity of her country…

Lena Nyadbi

Fitzroy Crossing

Lena has been painting at the Warmun Art Centre since it commenced operation in August 1998 and has developed an international reputation as an original and dynamic painter. Lena is one of eight artists featured in the Musee Du Quai Branly project opened in Paris in 2006.

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Gibson Desert, WA, Western Desert

Just as the Dreaming connects all of life, Linda herself incorporates contemporary events into the Dreaming…

Margaret Baragurra

Great Sandy Desert, WA

Margaret Baraburra paintings is known for combining traditional designs from the Great Sandy Desert with the vibrant colours of the saltwater landscape of the Kimberley. Her artwork has enjoyed critical acclaim and she has been widely exhibited. Her work evokes powerful memories of her country in…

Marilyn Golder Kngwarreye

Sister of Janet Golder from Utopia

Mary Gibson Nakamarra

Gibson Desert, WA

Born in the bush at a place called Kurnilwarri between Tjukurla and Patjarr in the Gibson desert. Mary Gibson is married to senior law man Kelly Peterman, a Director of Tjarlirli Art Centre at Tjukurla, WA. They live near the Docker River community with their children.

Matthew Freddy Puruntatameri

Melville Island, Tiwi Islands

With an outstanding reputation as a leading Tiwi artists, Matthew has worked with ochres on paper, linen, bark and iron wood carvings.

Maxie Tjampitjinpa

Maxie Tjampitjinpa started producing some of the first works in the Western Desert art devoid of the design elements which up to that point had been its defining feature.

Mignonette Jamin

“Muthanoongamaya is my country…” Mignonette painted her traditional country – the rivers and billabongs, coastal areas, the hills, rocky ridges, roads and other land marks as well as sites significant to women’s business which belonged to her dreaming for country at Majalindy.

Mitjili Napanangka Gibson

Kiwirrkurra (Gibson Desert), WA

When Miltjili was a young girl, her aunties would tell her stories about her country and the Jukurrpa or Dreaming stories associated with Mina Mina, a sacred site for Napanangka’s and Napangardi’s.

Nyuju Stumpy Brown

Great Sandy Desert, WA

“My paintings are about my country, my mother’s country and my father’s country. We lived in the desert country (the Great Sandy Desert)…

Pamela Napurrurla Walker

Yuendumu, NT

Pamela’s paintings have strong iconic themes that are colourful and bold. She paints her father’s jurkurrpa, Dreamings which relate directly to her land, its features and the plants and animals that inhabit it. These stories were told to her by her father, stories that have been passed down…

Pauline Woods Nakamarra

Pauline Woods was one of the leading figures of her time in the formation and development of Jukurrpa Artists (a women’s collective). She was also the first female artist to win the National Aboriginal Art Award in 1988 and in 1993 she became the first Aboriginal woman artist to have her work…

Peggy Poulson Napurrurla

Yuendumu, NT

A firm believer in traditional law and an upholder of traditional values Peggy Poulson Napurrurla is a high initiate of the Warlpiri language group and holds a senior position in all ceremonies. One of the early women painters, her works about women’s ceremonial life in traditional Warlpiri…

Polly Napangardi Watson

Mt Doreen, NT, Yuendumu, NT

Polly emerged as a significant painter very early in her painting career, which began in 1987. She has been represented in major international exhibitions since 1990 with her works acquired by public and private collections around the world.

Queenie Nakarra McKenzie

Kimberley, WA

One of the most senior figures in Gija women’s law and ceremony, and one of the most prominent painters of the Warmun (Turkey Creek) community.

Rachel Jurra Napaltjarri

Taught to paint by her cousin Eunice Napangardi, Rachel Napaltjarri commenced painting in 1985…

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Walungurru (Kintore), Western Desert, NT

One of Australia’s most visionary artists, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa is recognised for his bold, distinctive graphic style, that depicts the Tingari ancestors…

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