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Barramundi Art

Barramundi Dreaming Paintings

Barramundi paintings are found in Aboriginal rock art sites that go back thousands of years, and in contemporary paintings & carvings

Barramundi Artworks

Barramundi is a large Australian fish found in freshwater rivers and in the ocean. The freshwater fish is the variety most represented in Aboriginal artworks. Barramundi is found in the northern rivers in the Kimberley, Northern Territory and Queensland. In these areas it features in rock art sites where ancient paintings have survived for thousands of years. Barramundi images that look just like the ones from ancient times are still being painted by Aboriginal artists today. Often the images show the insides of the Barramundi, which has come to be called x-ray style of art. Often Arnhemland artworks of Barramundi also refer to the range of plants and animals found in the abundant freshwater swamps and include catfish, freshwater prawns and water lilies that are collected for their bulbs.

In the Kimberley in the north of Western Australia, the Dreamtime story tells of the Barramundi Daiwul leaping from the water to escape the women who were trying to trap it in the river. As it scraped past the hill its scales were released and they became the diamonds that are found in this part of the Kimberley. This Narrangarni or Dreamtime story celebrates both the Barramundi and the features of the landscape where this Creation story took place.

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Barramundi Totem by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi Totem

Jap 009036  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013421  |  acrylic on canvas  |  56 x 44 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013422  |  acrylic on canvas  |  56 x 44 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013423  |  acrylic on canvas  |  56 x 44 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013426  |  acrylic on canvas  |  44 x 24 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013445  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 45 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013446  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 45 cm

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Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013448  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 30 cm

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Crocodile, Fish, Crayfish by Simon Lobo Badari

Simon Lobo Badari  |  Crocodile, Fish, Crayfish

Jap 010641  |  ochre on paper  |  153 x 102 cm

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Waterbird, Fish, Stingray by Simon Lobo Badari

Simon Lobo Badari  |  Waterbird, Fish, Stingray

Jap 010639  |  ochre on paper  |  153 x 102 cm

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Barramundi Path by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi Path

Jap 005859  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 48 cm

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Body Paint – Barramundi Dreaming by Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas  |  Body Paint – Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 003649  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Daiwul – Barramundi Dreaming by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Daiwul – Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 010406  |  ochre on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Barramundi Totem by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi Totem

Jap 009037  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Barramundi and Turtle by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi and Turtle

Jap 009038  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Barramundi Spirit Place by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi Spirit Place

Jap 009039  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Barramundi and Waterlillies by Ezariah Kelly

Ezariah Kelly  |  Barramundi and Waterlillies

Jap 008239  |  ochre and acrylic on arches  |  41 x 31 cm

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Barramundi and Mud Crab by Ivan Dickerson

Ivan Dickerson  |  Barramundi and Mud Crab

Jap 008368  |  acrylic on canvas  |  102 x 76 cm

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Barramundi Scales by Kerry Madawyn McCarthy

Kerry Madawyn McCarthy   |  Barramundi Scales

Jap 011483  |  acrylic on linen  |  30 x 30 cm

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Daiwul – Barramundi Dreaming by June Peters

June Peters  |  Daiwul – Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 011223  |  ochre on canvas  |  46 x 35 cm

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Namarnkol – Barramundi by Manuel Nganjmirra

Manuel Nganjmirra  |  Namarnkol – Barramundi

Jap 008232  |  ochre and acrylic on arches  |  30 x 20 cm

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Barramundi by Wilfred Nawirridj

Wilfred Nawirridj  |  Barramundi

Jap 012489  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  17 x 23 cm

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Barramundi by Mario Munkara

Mario Munkara  |  Barramundi

Jap 012945  |  carved wood & ochre  |  length 80 cm

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Body Paint – Barramundi Dreaming by Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas  |  Body Paint – Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 005658  |  Ochre on canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Barramundi Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 013995  |  acrylic on canvas  |  59 x 42 cm

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Barramundi Dreaming by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 010415  |  silkscreen print  |  57 x 39 cm

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Freshwater Dreaming – Barramundi & Prawn by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Freshwater Dreaming – Barramundi & Prawn

Jap 013994  |  acrylic on canvas  |  59 x 42 cm

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