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  • Rover Thomas Painting a Highlight at Japingka Gallery

    This particular painting is one of my favourite paintings by the late great Rover Thomas Joolama. Rover is easily recognised as one of the greats of the Indigenous Fine Art Movement. He is from Warman or Turkey Creek in the Kimberley region of the north-west part of Western Australia. He was ...

  • A Fresh Look at Teaching Aboriginal Culture & Art

    It was exciting this week to see the Amercian teacher website, The Art of Education, publish an insightful piece about Aboriginal art. In her article, Aboriginal Art: Revisited, Researched, and Revamped!, writer Lindsey Moss makes the observation that visual art teachers in North America are interested in the area of Aboriginal art. ...

  • What is the Connection Between the Dreamtime and Songlines?

    The Dreaming is the description of a sacred time that saw the creation of the world as Aboriginal people know it and understand it. Dreamtime is the word used in the English language, but there are many words across the Aboriginal languages, including Tjukurrpa and Ngarrangkarni. Both words mean a ...

  • Did Aboriginal Artists Use Western Art Traditions to Preserve Culture?

    We were recently asked did the contemporary Aboriginal art movement start as a way to meld Western art tradition with Aboriginal culture, for the preservation of that culture? I think the answer is no. I think it's probably the opposite of that. I think the impetus that started the movement came ...

  • Did Contemporary Aboriginal Art Really Start in the 1970s?

    We've had some correspondence from an art teacher in the United States. She was wanting to clarify a few points about Aboriginal art and we've decided to share the questions and our answers. Her first question focused on when contemporary art started. Contemporary Aboriginal painting really established its roots in the ...

  • Edward Blitner New Works – Rarrk Cross-hatching

    We are enjoying having the latest paintings from Eddie Blitner in the gallery. We've shown works from Eddie for the past eight years. It's exciting to see that he's taken his most recent work to a higher level of complexity. And also now working on larger canvases than we've seen ...

  • Symbolism in Aboriginal Art – Thoughts From Sarrita King

    Sarrita King is a well-established Australian artist. Here she talks about recent questions she has had about Aboriginal art symbols, and whether symbols are linked across cultures and universal or more specific to a cultural group. She discusses the origin and meaning of some of the symbols that she and ...

  • Ancestors, Elements, Heritage – Sarrita King & Tarisse King

    Sarrita and Tarisse King are putting new works up for their exhibition, Ancestors, Elements, Heritage, which opens on the 22nd of September. It's always fantastic to see their latest paintings because these two artists work so closely together. At the moment they're physically further apart than they ever have been. Tarisse ...

  • Large Wall Art By Damien & Yilpi Marks

    Where do you find large wall art for spaces like the foyers of contemporary buildings? It's the type of art that will sit well with neutral interiors. It is larger scale art with a warm focus that adds life and energy to a room. The latest works by husband and wife team ...

  • New Indigenous Textiles – The Next Wave

    Ian Plunkett reflects on the 2017 Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) in Darwin and the excitement around the re-emergence of Indigenous textiles. You couldn't attend this year's Aboriginal Art Fair without noticing the growing excitement around Indigenous textiles. The colours and textures of fabric and clothing created a fresh energy and ...

  • 2017 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    Japingka Aboriginal Art's Ian Plunkett reflects on the 34TH TELSTRA National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) This is Australia’s longest running and the most prestigious Indigenous art award. It aims to recognise the important contribution made by Indigenous artists from regional and urban areas throughout Australia. It ...

  • Tjunguṉutja – The Stunning Papunya Exhibition

    Tjungunutja Papunya exhibition

    Ian Plunkett reflects on the exhibition of early Papunya works on display in Darwin. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory have put together an extraordinary exhibition of paintings from the early works from Papunya. It is called Tjungunutja which means "having come together". This is a seminal exhibition. I ...

  • A Closer Look At Australia’s Kimberley Rock Art

    Yamiji Aboriginal Rock Art, at Willi Gulli (Bowes River) Near Horrocks

    It's been fascinating to see that recent excavations of a rock shelter near Kakadu National Park indicate humans reached Australia at least 65,000 years ago. This is 18,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought and the information provides more insight into Australia's ancient past. We've been following the work being carried out ...

  • The Yam Dreaming of Lorna Napurrula Fencer

    Yam Dreaming, a 2017 exhibition at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, includes a collection of extraordinary paintings by Lorna Napurrula Fencer. Lorna is a custodian of the Yam Dreaming stories from Yumurrpa, a site in Warlpiri country, to the north of Yuendumu community in Australia's Northern Territory. View: Yam Dreaming Exhibition (Online) Lorna Fencer (1924-2006) ...

  • The Vibrant Colours of Womens’ Yam Dreaming

    Our new exhibition is Yam Dreaming and has ten major artists exhibiting. The theme of the exhibition is based on the Bush Yam, which is a staple of the traditional Aboriginal diet in Central Australia. Because of its importance it has become a dominant theme, a central idea, for a significant group of artists ...

  • Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories – An Overview

    Patrick Tjungurrayi - Tingari

    The Dreamtime is a term that describes unique stories and beliefs that are owned and held by different Aboriginal groups within Australia. The history of the Dreamtime word and its meanings says something about the development of the ideas held about the Aboriginal world, and how they are expressed through art. The ...

  • Bush Dyed Textiles From Anindilyakwa Art and Culture on Groote Island

    Aboriginal Art Bush Dyed Textiles Groote Island

    Japingka Gallery is exhibiting some very popular bush dyed textiles from Anindilyakwa Art and Culture on Groote Island. In this interview we talk with Lucy Bond, who is the Centre's Arts Coordinator, about how the women’s textile project came about and its value to the community. Where is Groote Eylandt? Groote ...

  • Visiting Art Communities in Australia’s North West

    Artist working outdoors, Newman

    In this interview Japingka's David Wroth talks with American art collector John about his recent experience of visiting art communities in Australia's North West. David: It's great to see you back here in Fremantle. I believe you've been flying over the Kimberley to some pretty interesting places. Where have you been and ...

  • Anna Petyarre and the Lands of Central Australia

    In Gallery Two, we have a new collection of Anna Petyarre's latest works, mostly in black and white. These are inspiring paintings - we think these are the finest works she's painted in the last ten years. Anna is from the famous Petyarre family - Gloria Petyarre and many of her ...

  • Yinjaa-Barni Celebrate Marrga Creation Dreaming Stories

    Clifton Mack - Colours of the Rocks

    It's wonderful to have the artists from Yinjaa-Barni as regular exhibitors at Japingka Gallery. They work from their Art Centre in Roebourne and have been developing their art steadily for 15 years or more. One of the features of their work is that they refer to their homelands along the Fortescue ...

  • Paintings From The Earth – The Ochres From The Kimberley

    Jack Britten - Nowlanji

    We have filled Gallery One with a stunning exhibition titled Made in Ochre, featuring paintings from Kimberley artists. There are paintings by major artists of this tradition including many senior artists who've now passed on. The exhibition gives an overview of the style used by ochre artists, with a particular emphasis ...

  • Stories of Land and Sky By The Possum Sisters

    Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi - Grandmothers Country, Seven Sisters Dreaming

    We have really enjoyed hosting this wonderful exhibition by sisters Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi and Michelle Possum Nungurrayi. Their work from the exhibition Talking about Country continues a tradition that was started by their famous father Clifford Possum. These two artists have employed some of the technical devices that Clifford developed. They've also ...

  • New video library for Aboriginal art resources

    Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery Video Library

    There has been a noticeable and exciting rise in the number of teachers, students and art lovers keen to learn about Australian Aboriginal art. We are also observing that video is increasingly the way that people learn and share this information. YouTube and Vimeo and other video databases can be so ...

  • Guess Which Italian Master Inspired Kurun Warun

    Kurun Warun was working as a tiler and Aboriginal dancer when he saw a painting in the Gallery of New South Wales by an Italian master. The light and mood of the work captured his imagination and he kept going back to look at it. An artist friend gave him ...

  • Exhibition Showcases Nyoongar Artists in Northam

    Two Sisters in Disagreement - Kimberly Spratt

    Nyoongar artists have opened an exhibition of their work at the Artists Revolution Gallery in Northam. Artists Revolution is a not for profit arts group designed for artists to promote and sell their art in Northam. The project is co-ordinated by artist and facilitator Patricia Rose. She has lived in ...

  • Kurun Warun On Country, Choices & Living Culture

    Interview with Kurun Warun at the launch of his solo exhibition at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery - February 2017. Kurun's family ancestry includes Truganini and he comes from the same tribe as Lionel Rose. Given his first set of boxing gloves at the age of two, he grew up learning ...

  • Microscopes, Paint Brushes & the Bones of Life

    Professor Nadia Rosenthal has a Ph.D. in biochemistry at Harvard Medical School. She is an award winning cell biologist and passionate Aboriginal art collector. Nadia is currently Scientific Director and Professor at The Jackson Laboratory for Mammalian Genetics. She is described as "a superb scientist, a keen intellect, an outstanding ...

  • The Vivid Colours of The Tanami Desert

    We love exhibiting the Tanami Desert artists and we have a new collection ready to go from Yuendumu and Nyirripi. We've had some wonderful paintings over the years from Alma Nungarrayi Granites. These are the amazing Star Dreaming stories that her family are custodians for. Also for this year's exhibition we have ...

  • Jimmy Pike’s Art In The Market Place

    The commercialisation of Jimmy Pike's artwork onto lifestyle products in the late 1980's was part of a much bigger design movement in Australia. There were quite a few other artistic figures who were giving us an Australian identity on everyday items, taking Australian design onto products that we wore and ...

  • Kurun Warun – Stones, Eels and Harmonious Landscape

    1 Kurun Warun - Dry River Bed 013504

    Kurun Warun is an Australian indigenous artist whose family originally comes from the western coastal region of Victoria. This is his first solo exhibition in Western Australia. He's produced some fantastic images where we experience the feeling of being in the Australian landscape, and other paintings that refer to ceremonial traditions in Aboriginal ...

  • Exploring Aboriginal Art in School Visual Art Programs

    It's exciting to see the new Australian curriculum including more emphasis on indigenous art and culture. We have gathered three resources that explore very different approaches to exploring Aboriginal art in schools within the visual arts program. The first is the Bush Medicine Lesson Plans developed by primary visual arts teacher Ana ...

  • Aboriginal Women Speaking About Art, Family & Country

    We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to sit down and speak with artists about their work. Japingka exhibits Aboriginal art from forty different regions right across Australia. A quick look at our Artists Page will show you the extraordinary diversity of that art. Our exhibiting artists include artists who live in the ...

  • Highlights from our 2016 Indigenous Art Exhibition Program

    It's been a really great year for our exhibition program, probably one of the most eclectic years we've ever had. We've exhibited a wide range of artists from all around Australia. The program has included artists from indigenous owned and run art centres, as well as independent artists and famous artists ...

  • Aboriginal Art Leads A Global Showcase of First Nation Art

      Museum Quai Branly in Paris is one of those contemporary museums with a real sense of purpose. The building is designed to get you in the zone for discovering its contents.  It houses a collection of cultural works of First Nations people, or Indigenous people from all around the world. It's really an ethnographic museum. The museum gives a snapshot ...

  • Science Uses Ochre To Map Ancient Aboriginal Trading Routes

    Scientists are looking at the organic makeup of ochre pigments to discover more about the trading routes used by traditional indigenous communities in Australia. The South Australian Museum is using modern spectrometer technology to analyse the types of ochres found on old, possibly pre-contact artefacts. This helps them map the trade ...

  • Rosella Namok & Sisters from the Tropical North

    We are excited to have an exhibition of works from the Lockhart River Indigenous painters. This group of young women started painting when they were still in their teens. Their work feels very contemporary. It's innovative and colourful. You walk into the room and these paintings feel so alive. There's ...

  • Elsie Napanangka Granites – Shimmering Maps of An Ancient Land

    Elsie

    We have a powerful new exhibition of paintings by senior artist Elsie Napanangka Granites. They are about the women's ceremonial site and it's impossible not to be moved by them. The series is called Mina Mina Jukurrpa, the women's Dreaming stories. It's associated with a very big salt lake in the ...

  • Japingka Takes On A New Name

    Gloria Petyarre Bush Medicine Leaves

    Today is a big day for us at Japingka. We've officially changed our name to Japingka Aboriginal Art. Previously we went under the name Japingka Gallery. As you may know, Aboriginal art has been our primary focus for over thirty years.  Nothing has changed in our passion and commitment. What has changed is that ...

  • Camel Camp and Beyond: Utopia Artists of the Eastern Desert

    Susan Pitjara Hunter | Awely - Body Paint 180 x 180 cm Jap 013016

    Exhibition Opening on Friday 2nd September, 6:30pm in Gallery 1 Camel Camp is one of about twenty outstation camps on the Utopia Homelands. These small settlements have been the basis of family life for the Alywarr and Anmatyerr people who first gained freehold rights to the Utopia lands in 1978. The ...

  • Art & Life at Camel Camp on Utopia Homelands

    Sonja Chalmers is the co-ordinator of an independent arts centre at Camel Camp, Utopia. Here she talks about her work with the artists. Can you tell us a bit about Camel Camp? Camel Camp is on Utopia, an Aboriginal freehold property about 250 kilometers northeast of Alice Springs. Camel Camp is one ...

  • Josie Petrick Kemarre on Witch Doctors, Family & Art

    Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre

    Josie (Josepha) Petrick Kemarre is an Anmatyerre-speaking artist from Central Australia. She divides her time between her family's traditional land and the town of Alice Springs. In this interview, she talks about seeing a witch doctor, her painting and family. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Santa Teresa and left when I was ...

  • George Tuckerbox: Rare Maps of A Lost Desert Land

    George Tuckerbox: Rare Maps of A Lost Desert Land

    Artist George Tuckerbox has seen the ancient and the ultra modern. He can remember first contact with white people. He's been a stockman and drover, worked with bullock teams, been a ceremonial singer and performer and an exhibiting artist.  He has been through droughts and driving cyclonic rains. He's performed traditional dance in Tokyo. In a full life with ...

  • NATSIAA 2016 – Exciting Times for Indigenous Art in Darwin

    NATSIAA 2016 Aboriginal Art award presentations

    Ian Plunkett looks back at the NATSIAA 2016 Art Awards and associated Aboriginal art events in Darwin. I'm just back from Darwin Art Fair and it was great. It was one of the best Art Fairs for quite a few years.The Telstra Art Awards, or NATSIAA, were of a particularly high standard this ...

  • In Conversation With Maria Josette Orsto

    1 At work in the studio - Maria Josette Orsto

    Maria Josette Orsto is an artist from the Tiwi Islands. These islands are part of the Northern Territory in Australia. They are 80 km to the north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. In this conversation Maria talks about her art and life on the Tiwi Islands. Can you tell me about your favourite ...

  • Maria Josette Orsto and Art From the Tiwi Islands

    3 Maria Josette Orsto, Miyinga Tunga

    We've just put up some impressive ochre paintings by Maria Josette Orsto. She's using some of the ceremonial designs from Tiwi Islands in her work. This artist has a strong family tradition of painting and design. Maria has worked as an artist from a young age, helping out her father Declan Apuatimi with his painting ...

  • Ngukurr Community Artists Have Something Special

    Ngukurr Artists Ceremonial Bones

    I've just been hanging the new work from Ngukurr Community in south-east Arnhem Land. What an amazing community of artists. There are nine different language and culture groups all living in the one place. One of the my favourite works is a painting of the painted bones. This is about the whole ceremonial ...

  • Sarrita King: Fire And What It Is To Be Human

    Sarrita King - Fire

    In this interview, Sarrita King talks about the Elements series and the Fire story, as well as the influences of her father William King Jungala and sister Tarisse King. I'll tell you a story. It brings a smile to my face because it's so much about my Dad. He would always invite people ...

  • Jade Dolman’s Passion For Aboriginal Art Education

    Mural West Primary School West Beechboro

    Perth artist and educator Jade Dolman was barely out of high school when she realised her passion for indigenous art education. Through her consultancy J D Penangke she runs school workshops to get children excited about Aboriginal art and culture. Here she talks about her own indigenous background and what she ...

  • Sarrita & Tarisse King – Reflecting On Gurindji and Wave Hill

    Sarrita King - Gurindji Mirrwula 012631

    Our next exhibition at Japingka Gallery features new works by Sarrita King and Tarisse King, opening 8th April 2016 in Fremantle. This year both Tarisse and Sarrita are thinking about their father William King Jungala, and about his country around Wave Hill. This place is about 600 kilometres south of Darwin ...

  • Ana Nail – Curriculum, Aboriginal Art and Intent

    Geographe Primary School Visual Arts teacher Ana Nail has a passion for helping her students understand Aboriginal art. Her work in this area has been recognised by a WA Premier’s Primary Teacher of the Year award. Ana contributes to both National and State arts curriculum development. In this interview Ana ...

  • How I Curate An Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Japingka

    Curating An Aboriginal Art Exhibition at Japingka

    I’ve been curating Aboriginal art at Japingka for thirty years and in that time I’ve never had to explain to anyone what I’m doing. A friend dropped by the other day and commented on how very different the room feels with some new paintings up. Our summer exhibition has been hanging ...

  • Remarkable Contemporary Aboriginal Fine Dot Painting

    Waru Tjukurrpa – Fire Dreaming

    In this article Japingka's Ian Plunkett discusses the work of five contemporary fine dot artists. When it comes to fine dot painting, I definitely have my own favourites. These are people who I admire and whose technique is taking this exciting style of art in a slightly different direction. Jorna Newberry Jorna is ...

  • Kimberley Ochre Painters – The Old And New

    Winnaba Springs - Queenie Mckenzie

    Our next exhibition is an overview of three generations of Kimberley ochre painters. The collection contains some very traditional and well-known artists including Rover Thomas, Jack Britten, Hector Jandany, Henry Wambini and Queenie McKenzie. Many of these artists have passed away now and they are now regarded as the most significant ...

  • Turbo Brown – From Homeless To Art World Rising Star

    Turbo Brown

    We have a new exhibition opening this month in Gallery 2 featuring the works of Turbo Brown. Turbo has made a bit of a name for himself painting these very direct images of birds and animals from the Australian bush. Born in 1967, Trevor 'Turbo' Brown is a Latje Latje man ...

  • Petrina Bedford and Her Grandfather Jack Dale Mengenen

    Petrina with jack Dale

    Petrina Bedford is a third generation contemporary indigenous artist. Her grandfathers were the famous painters Jack Dale Mengenen on her mother’s side and Paddy Bedford on her father’s side. Her mother is the Ngarinyin artist Edna Dale. Encouraged by Jack Dale, Petrina painted from a very young age. In this ...

  • What My Father Jack Dale Taught Me

    Edna with Jack Dale

    In this interview, Kimberley artist Edna Dale talks about her famous father, the artist Jack Dale Mengenen. About Jack Dale, 
Jack was born with European/Indigenous parentage at a time when this was unacceptable within both cultures. Jack’s mother hid him from the welfare workers who routinely removed mixed-race children from their ...

  • Wandjinas, Ochre and The Art of Mowanjum People

    Leah Umbagai Wandjina 12302

    In this interview, Mowanjum artist Leah Umbagai talks about Wandjinas, ochre and the Mowanjum artists exhibition coming up at Japingka. She is joined by Rosita Holmes who is the Art Development Co-ordinator for Mowanjum Art and Cultural Centre. The Mowanjum community represents more than one language group. Which groups are those ...

  • Is Process More Important Than Outcome in Aboriginal Art?

    Johnny Warangkula 10528

    In October an exhibition of Aboriginal art work featuring several hundred paintings opened in Bucharest in Romania.  Japingka took a collection of work to that exhibition. For many in the European audience it was their first opportunity to see Aboriginal art and they asked some interesting questions. In this article ...

  • Thoughts From An Opening Night – Ceremonial Songs & Art

    Recently I was speaking at the opening of the exhibition by Deborah Young Nakamarra and Katherine Marshall Nakamarra. Half way through the talk I looked around at the whole exhibition and suddenly saw it in a new light. I thought I might tell you about that moment. Artists sometimes tell us ...

  • Who Started The Modern Desert Aboriginal Art Movement?

    In this article David Wroth discusses the question about who started the modern Desert Aboriginal Art movement - Aboriginal or white Australians? This question was asked at an exhibition of Aboriginal Art in Bucharest, Romania earlier this year. Who Started The Modern Desert Aboriginal Art Movement? I said it was like an accident. In a sense, ...

  • Seeing Aboriginal Art For The First Time Thirty Years On

    It is thirty years since I stood in a Perth gallery surrounded by people seeing Aboriginal art for the first time. It was a strange feeling then, to be having that experience again three decades later. This time it was in a Romanian gallery just a few weeks ago. I was there ...

  • The Influence of Batik in Art of Jorna Newberry

    This painting is by an artist called Jorna Newberry. Her traditional country is around the tri-state border between Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. These are some of the new paintings that Jorna's getting ready for an exhibition, and this one is about burning off. We're looking at a canvas ...

  • When Did We First See Aboriginal Dot Painting?

    I’m sometimes asked about exactly when people started to see dot painting. There’s a curiosity about whether we would have seen this type of patterning and dot work in artworks prior to the 1970’s. I think the answer is no. We wouldn't have had access to seeing anything like it. For ...

  • Aboriginal Art Exhibition Plants Seeds Of Regeneration In Romania

    In October an exhibition of Aboriginal art work featuring several hundred paintings will open in Bucharest in Romania. It is the brainchild of an entrepreneurial executive in Romania who come out to Australia and was entranced by the Aboriginal art. He saw a deep connection between what has happened in Australia and the scenario in his own ...

  • A New Generation Share Sacred Women’s Stories

    Japingka's Gallery one is filled with paintings from an amazing family in the Western Desert. The artists are Katherine Marshall Nakamarra & Debra Young Nakamarra. They are the daughters of the equally famous, the late Walangkura Napanangka and these paintings just sing off the wall. They're very dynamic and they have great energy. ...

  • Mijili Napanangka Gibson Masterpiece New York Bound

    This week we started saying our good-byes to this really major painting by Mijili Napanangka Gibson. It's three metres by two metres and it's an extraordinary colour painting. By most people in the industry, it's considered to be her masterpiece. She was nearly 80 when she painted it and it took her nearly ...

  • Cynthia Burke And Her View From The Sky

    Cynthia is a landscape painter from Warakurna community. She learnt to paint from her mother, the late well-known painter Jean Burke. Cynthia’s work celebrates her love of the aerial view of the land from a plane. This will be Cynthia’s first solo exhibition at Japingka and features 13 of her ...

  • New Aboriginal Art Education Resource For Schools

    We're excited to be launching our new Aboriginal Art Education Resources page for teachers and educators. The page is designed to make our resources accessible and useful for teachers who want to present lessons that incorporate Aboriginal art. This might be to teach about aspects of Aboriginal art, or where artworks ...

  • Film Sparks Youth Interest In Art From Hamish Garrgarrku

    Hamish Garrgarrku

    April 2, 2015 by David Wroth Film maker Natalie Carey is making a documentary about Hamish Garrgarrku (formerly Karrkarrhba) and his work. We were delighted to have Natalie with us for the launch of Hamish's first solo exhibition here at Japingka Gallery. In this interview Natalie chats with us about this ...

  • Five Rising Stars on the Australian Art Scene

    Kerry Madawyn McCarthy Rak Balgul

    March 20, 2015 by Ian Plunkett Here are five rising stars in the world of Aboriginal Art that I'd like to draw your attention to. 1. Kerry McCarthy Kerry comes from east of Darwin, near Daly River, and her work is really exciting. We've already had one of her exhibitions here at Japingka ...

  • How Songlines Inspire What An Aboriginal Artist Will Paint

    Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

    March 4, 2015 by David Wroth If you love Aboriginal art, you've probably heard the term "songlines" before. It's a fascinating aspect of Aboriginal art - songlines inform an artist's cultural knowledge as well as inspiring what they paint. To understand what a songline is you first need to know that they come ...

  • Yinjaa-Barni Show A Softer Side of The Pilbara

    Marlene Harold

    We're just hanging a beautiful new exhibition from the Yinjaa-Barni artists. These fine painters operate out of Roebourne in the Pilbara and the group exhibit here at Japingka about every eighteen months or so. The Yinjaa-Barni artists have their own Art Centre right in the town of Roebourne. The artists are ...

  • New Affordable Aboriginal Paintings – Recently Arrived

    January 20, 2015 by David Wroth Pintupi artists Monica Napaltjarri and Narpulla Scobie have painted some beautiful small works which have just recently arrived at the gallery. Monica Napaltjarri uses traditional iconography of the Western Desert and her work features a restrained palette based around earth colours. Her subject matter relates to ...

  • Rosella Namok’s New Paintings of the Queensland Coast

    Sunset Rain - Rosella Namok

    December 10, 2014 by Jamie Plunkett The weather is breaking along the north Queensland coast and the Wet season is on its way. Rosella Namok has captured some of the rainy season in Cairns in a new series of paintings that have just arrived at Japingka Gallery. Titles like ‘Late Afternoon ...

  • Warlpiri Star Gazers Dazzle at Japingka

    Seven Sisters Dreaming

    November 19, 2014 by David Wroth It would be fair to say that we're all a little starstruck right now at Japingka as we're hanging the paintings for our Warlpiri Star Gazers exhibition. It’s not surprising that the contemporary Aboriginal art movement bought us a number of artists who passionately follow astronomical themes ...

  • The Remarkable Life of Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

    Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

    We have an exhibition of works by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri coming up so I thought it might be interesting to talk a little about her life. Linda was born in 1937. She is a Pintupi woman from Lake MacKay in the Gibson Desert in Western Australia. Linda’s Aboriginal name is Tjunkiya Wukula Napaltjarri. ...

  • How To Use Aboriginal Art In A Workplace Culture

    Ormay 2

    We are fascinated to learn about how aboriginal art resonates with scientific thinkers. For several years biochemist Professor Nadia Rosenthal has been collecting aboriginal art and hanging it in her workplace, the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute at Monash University. Recently we got to sit down with her and ask about how these paintings contribute ...

  • The Story Behind Star Gazers

    Knowledge of the deep solar system and local Indigenous knowledge of the stars are fused in the current exhibition Shared Sky at the John Curtin Gallery at Curtin University, open until 2nd November. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Yamaji Art Centre, Geraldton, the international SKA Organisation; SKA-South Africa; SKA-Australia ...

  • Spinifex Artists are a Special Group of Desert Painters

    The Spinifex artists have returned for their latest exhibition at Japingka Gallery, where they first began exhibiting in 2002.  From their homelands in the Great Victoria Desert, the Spinifex people were displaced at the time of the Maralinga nuclear tests during the 1950s and 1960s. Returning to their traditional country ...

  • Iwantja Artists Exhibition – Successful Conclusion

    Iwantja Artists Exhibition

    Congratulations to Iwantja artists for their high quality exhibition presented during September. Paintings have found new homes in USA, Malaysia, Canada and Israel, as well as cities across Australia. Iwantja is at a relatively early stage of setting up its artists’ reputations, so this response is very gratifying. With twelve artists ...

  • Here’s Our New Exhibition From The Spinifex Arts Project

    There's so much excitement here at as we prepare for the new show by the Spinifex Arts Project. These works are so powerful and vibrant. It’s easy to see why they're enjoying so much international success right now. In the last year they've had successful shows in Germany and Singapore, and the British Museum ...

  • A Salute To Kudditji Kngwarreye

    Kudditji Kngwarreye

      We recently interviewed Sarrita King about people who have influenced her and who's work she likes to collect. Here's what Sarrita had to say, "Kudditji (Kngwarreye) makes up the majority of my collection. I’ve been lucky enough to sit with him. Every time I talk about him, I have a smile ...

  • Lorna Fencer’s Yam Dreaming In Major Paris Exhibition

    Lorna Fencer work in Paris

    I’m very excited about a new Paris exhibition Poetry of the Yam. It’s featuring the colourful works of Lorna Fencer and the yam is the main story behind many of Lorna’s paintings. In this exhibition Lorna’s role as a custodian for a yam dreaming story within her Walrpiri culture is ...

  • Stunning Entries in the 2014 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards NATSIAA 2014 Japingka 2

    This years Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards were just fantastic. I haven't been to the Awards in five years. I used to go every year, but I became disillusioned and decided not to go anymore. For me it had become more of a political competition. It seemed to ...

  • New Article about the Influence of Geoffrey Bardon

    Geoffrey Bardon was an Australian school teacher who had a significant part to play in the development of the Western Desert aboriginal art movement. We have recently published a new article that looks at his work: The Early Influence of Geoffrey Bardon on Aboriginal Art ...

  • Here’s An Excellent Review For Charlie’s Country

    David Gulpilil in Charlie

    It's wonderful when a highly skilled director like Rolf de Heer takes the risks that he does to make a film that explores another layer of the complex story of being aboriginal in Australia. You'd think it would be so much easier to fund and promote a film that sticks to ...

  • Collector Offers Rare Aboriginal Art From Australia’s Best

    Emily Kngwarreye painting - Private Eye Exhibition

    I'm excited to be announcing a collection of rare works by Aboriginal artists in an exhibition at Japingka Gallery from 18 July - 20 August called Private Eye. Click here to view the exhibition. The exhibition will include works from famous Australian Aboriginal artists including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Naata Nungurrayi, Jackie ...

  • New Collector Stories – Pixie & The Alma Granites Painting That Started It All

    Alma Nungarrayi Granites painting owned by Pixie

    A painting by Alma Nungarrayi Granites (also known as Alma Nungarai Granites) sparked Pixie’s interest in aboriginal art. Since her first purchase a year ago she's added quite a few more aboriginal paintings to her collection. Pixie tells how she’s cleared away her other artworks and even some furniture to ...

  • The Rain Making – A Story about Kurtal, by David Downs

    Kurtal by David Downs

    When we’re doing an opening night for a show here at Japingka Gallery we usually tell a story. There’s not a lot of  pre-planning to it, we just pick a painting and talk to the people who are in the room about something that has a strong impact on us. Let me ...

  • What Do You Need To Start Your Aboriginal Art Collection?

    Cross Roads, Argyle Hill by Rover Thomas

    It’s always a pleasure to hear stories from people about how they first fell in love with Aboriginal art. One thing that I hear in all the stories is the spark of passion that happens at the very beginning. They saw one particular painting and that was it. Their journey as a ...

  • Book Launch by Adrian Newstead at Japingka Gallery

    Book Launch by Adrian Newstead

    Sydney art dealer Adrian Newstead spoke of his 30 year involvement in Aboriginal art at the launch of his latest book “The Dealer is the Devil:  An Insiders History of the Aboriginal Art Trade”. The book launch at Japingka Gallery on Friday 4 April coincided with the exhibition opening for ...

  • Pike Family Artists Exhibition at Japingka Gallery

    A long association between Japingka Gallery and the family of Jimmy Pike is celebrated with an exhibition of works by Jimmy and his brother Edgar Pike, and Francine Steele, Jimmy’s niece. The exhibition features paintings, silkscreen prints, etchings and silk scarves. Jimmy Pike’s first drawings and limited edition prints were ...

  • Linda Syddick Benefit Sale

    Linda Syddick Benefit Sale

    Linda Syddick Napaltjarri has visited Japingka Gallery on a number of occasions for exhibition openings and Artists talks. Her story is a remarkable story of endurance and change, the experience of first contact with white settlements on the edge of the Central Desert. Her small family clan came in from ...

  • Iwantja Artists – Last Days

    Iwantja Artists - Tjilpi

    Japingka Gallery’s first showing of the Artists from Iwantja comes to an end this week. Purchased works are now available for collection from the gallery. The response to the paintings has been very positive, with sales coming from nearly all the artists’ works in the exhibition. (more…)

  • Mowanjum Festival

    MOWANJUM 2013 Festival Poster

    The Mowanjum Art centre hosts one of Western Australia’s great Aboriginal festival days – 11 July 2013. Mowanjum Festival is always a great event, a pure piece of Kimberley Aboriginal heritage and theatre. If you are anywhere near Derby in the West Kimberley on 11 July you must get there. Aboriginal dancers ...

  • Men of the Desert: Landmarks & Law Grounds Exhibition

    Ray James Tjangala & Thomas Tjapaltjarri

    Gallery 1 Friday April 12 at 6.30pm When over 35 senior male artists paint the great stories of their ancestral lands, the stories are bound to be vast and impressive. Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of significant Men’s paintings that focus on Landmarks of identity - places and sites that mark out identity ...

  • Mapping Country – Artists of Ampilatwatja Community

    Michelle Pula Holmes

    21st September to 31st October Artists from Ampilatwatja community, 320 km north-east of Alice Springs, have a distinctive approach to landscape, producing finely dotted images of Apmer, the traditional custodial lands of the artists. Their country is vast, 17,000 square kilometres of land which the custodians protect and nurture, recording the bush ...

  • Two Women Artists – Jorna Newberry & Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

    Wind Dreaming - Mother

    This exhibition features two women artists who both began painting in the 1990s after working closely with senior male artists within their family groups. Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri assisted her Pintupi elder husband Barney Campbell Tjakamarra (1928- 2007), before setting out on her own career. (more…) ...

  • The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer

    Yipandari Kangaroo Tucker - Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer-

    3 August to 12 September 2012 Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of two of the great colourists of the Central Desert art movement, Kudditji Kngwarreye (born c 1928) and the late Lorna Napurrula Fencer (c1924 – 2006). These two distinctive Indigenous artists are known for their large dynamic paintings, made powerful ...