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Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray

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Region: Utopia

Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray is a leading Utopia artist whose closely dotted paintings reflect the precise style of Utopia artists, including her mother Nancy Kunoth Petyarre and aunt Kathleen Petyarre. Elizabeth paints the Yam Dreaming story and exhibits with her husband, fellow artist Cowboy Loy Pwerl. 

Elsie Napanangka

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Region: Yuendumu Yuendumu

Elsie Napanangka Granites paints powerful images of Mina Mina, the women’s ceremonial Dreaming site in Central Australia. Often working in black and white or monotone colours, Elsie paints the rhythms of the landscape and the flow of the ceremonies themselves. Elsie is a Warlpiri artist living at Yuendumu.

Eubena Nampitjin

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Region: Balgo

Eubena Nampitjin (c1921– 2013) is a major Balgo artist whose luminous paintings of her homelands south of Jupiter Well in the Great Sandy Desert, made a huge impact on the art market. Eubena’s art captures the flow of desert sandhills with the Creation stories and waterholes on her Country.

Eunice Napanangka Jack

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Region: Haasts Bluff

Eunice Napanangka Jack is a senior painter with Ikuntji Artists at Haasts Bluff in Central Australia. Eunice’s paintings record the Tjukurrpa, the Country and the memories of her traditional lands near Tjukurla in Western Australian. Her work conveys the contours of the desert using a limited colour palette.

Fiona Omeenyo

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Region: Lockhart River

Fiona Omeenyo is a Lockhart River artist whose work emerged as fresh and contemporary when she began exhibiting in the late 1990s. Fiona has a semi figurative style of painting, representing both living people and mythic ancestral figures, created as though carved into the background layers of paint.

Freddie Timms

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Region: Kununurra

Freddie Timms (1944-2017) creates spare and beautiful paintings in the bold ochre colours of his East Kimberley homeland. He worked alongside some of the great Warmun Artists – Jack Britten, Hector Jandanay, Henry Wambini, Rover Thomas and his father-in-law, Paddy Jampinji. His work is in major collections.

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

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Region: Mt Allan

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi is the eldest daughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (1932-2002). She became a very accomplished artist while still in her teens, having absorbed the rich cultural stories of her family’s inheritance. Gabriella uses warm vibrant colours to record stories of her Grandmother’s Country.

Galya Pwerle

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Region: Utopia

Galya Pwerle started painting in 2004, along with two of her other sisters, Molly Pwerle and Emily Pwerle. They are sisters to famed Utopia artist Minnie Pwerle (1914-2006). Barbara Weir their niece encouraged her three aunts to take up the brush and paint their stories related to body paint designs.

Genevieve Kemarr Loy

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Region: Utopia

Genevieve Kemarr Loy is a Utopia artist with strong family connections to the art tradition on her homelands. Her grandmother is Nancy Petyarr and her parents Cowboy Loy Pwerl and Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray. Genevieve paints fine dot artworks that represent the tracks of the bush turkey searching out bush food.

George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi

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Region: Kintore

George Tjungurrayi is a major Pintupi Western Desert painter, associated with the Papunya school of painters since its inception in 1971. His paintings are mesmerising linear designs referring to Tingari and the desert landscape, often in two contrasting colours, creating a vibrant, optical effect.

George Tuckerbox

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Region: Wangkatjungka

George Tuckerbox is a Wangkatjungka artist from the Great Sandy Desert, his paintings of waterholes and Dreaming sites show his clan country near the Canning Stock Route. Tuckerbox has exhibited regularly at Japingka since 2003 and has sung the Kurtal rain ceremonial songs at some exhibition events.

George Ward Tjungurrayi

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Region: Kintore

George Ward Tjungurrayi is a senior Pintupi artist whose geometric paintings convey the Tingari Dreaming law of his country near Lake McDonald. Complex and repeated designs are separated by rows of dots that give great energy and authority to his paintings. These designs represent Ancestor creation journeys.

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Gloria Petyarre

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Region: Utopia

Gloria Petyarre is one of Australia’s best known Aboriginal artists – her contemporary images of Bush Medicine Leaves have international appeal. Gloria is a Utopia artist, born c1945, who has an extensive exhibition history since 1984. Her stylistic development has been highly influential on Utopia artists.

Gracie Morton Pwerle

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Region: Utopia

Gracie Morton Pwerle has strong connections in Utopia art and has painted for over 30 years. Her sister Gloria Petyarre has had an influence though Gracie produces some of the best fine dot artworks coming from Utopia today. Gracie’s work features layers of colour dotting on a lively painting surface.

Gracie Ward Napaltjarri

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Region: Warakurna

Gracie Ward Napaltjarri paints the rich colours of the desert in her depictions of her ancestral country. Gracie was taught by her father George Ward Tjungurrayi and uses the same Pintupi style of densely layered dotting. Strongly contrasting colours and flowing structures are hallmarks of her artistic style.

Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi

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Region: Mt Allan

Gwenda Turner Nungarrrayi paints the rolling sandhill country of Mt Allan on the Tanami Road. Taught by her mother Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa, Gwenda uses alternating rows of coloured dotting to build up a picture of the terrain with its hills, tracks and waterholes. This is Warlukurlangu Fire country.

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

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Region: Maningrida

Hamish Garrgarrku (1967- 2017) made ochre painted barks and lorrkon hollow logs using the delicate rarrk or cross-hatching style from the Maningrida region of Arnhem Land. The materials are carefully selected on Country to express the totemic clan designs of his ancestors and made using a cut reed stem.

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty

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Region: Daly River

Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty creates multi layered paintings that are rich with colour and complex structures. Helen paints her family’s country at Daly River, with stories of traditional ways of life by the sea, of kinship ties, land management, rituals and ceremonies. Helen has painted for over 20 years.

Hermansburg Paintings

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Region: Alice Springs

The Hermannsburg School of Painters refers to the artists who followed after Albert Namatjira, whose watercolour paintings brought the beauty of the West MacDonnell Ranges to all Australians in the mid 20th century. Many of these artists are related to Namatjira, and use similar watercolour techniques.

Jack Britten

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Region: Warmun

Jack Britten (c1921– 2001) was a senior Gija Lawman who painted the unique Kimberley landscapes of the Bungle Bungles using traditional ochre pigments. The artist placed body painting designs into the Purnululu hills to emphasise the connections between the land and the people and ceremonies.

Jack Dale Mengenen

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Region: Mowanjum

Jack Dale Mengenen (c1920- 2013) records the stories of life in the Kimberley over an 80 year span. His ochre paintings detail Wandjina spirits and ceremonial practices of the West Kimberley as well as frontier life of turbulent years of white settlement on cattle stations created on Aboriginal lands.

Janet Golder Kngwarreye

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Region: Utopia

Janet Golder Kngwarreye is a significant mid-career artist from Utopia. Her grandmothers are artists Polly Ngale and Angelina Pwerle. Janet paintings include Awelye Body Paint, Bush Yam Leaf and Bush Medicine stories. Her recent works include colourful images of Country combined with bushtucker stories.

Jeannie Mills Pwerle

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Region: Utopia

Jeannie Mills Pwerle paints Anaty Bush Yam design that she infuses with subtle blends of colours then outlines with white dots. The colour impact of her work is striking. Jeannie is part of the first Utopia painting project which produced many great artists. Jeannie has painted for over 30 years.

Jeannie Petyarre

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Region: Utopia

Jeannie Petyarre paints traditional plants that her people collect for food and medicine – Bush Yam and Bush Medicine Leaves stories. Jeannie is niece to famous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye and sister to Rosemary Petyarre, Evelyn Pultara and Greeny Purvis. She began as a Utopia batik artist in the 1970s.

Jill Jack

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Region: Wangkatjungka

Jill Jack is a Wangkatjungka artist born at Christmas Creek station in 1955. Her paintings show elements of her ancestral homelands, built from stories she has inherited from her mother and father’s country in the Great Sandy Desert. Jill Jack’s mother came from Japingka waterhole in Walmajarri country.

Jimmy Pike

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Region: Fitzroy Crossing

Jimmy Pike (c1940– 2002) became one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal artists during the 1990s, exhibiting widely while creating textiles designs with Desert Designs. His use of vivid colour was extraordinary at the time, which helped bring Aboriginal artworks into mainstream design in Australia.

Jock Mosquito

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Region: Warmun

Jock Mosquito (1944- 2017) is a senior ochre painter of the East Kimberley. He began painting Kurirr Kurirr dance boards with Rover Thomas, working alongside Jack Britten, Hector Jandany and George Mung Mung. Jock’s paintings feature minimal design elements made with rich ochre colours of the landscape.