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Goanna Art

Goanna Dreaming Paintings

Goanna paintings in Aboriginal art reflect the importance as a traditional bush food as well as Ancestor images from Creation stories.

Goanna Artworks

Goannas are large lizards found in all regions of Australia, and feature in Aboriginal paintings from many locations. Goannas are well adapted to the Australian climate and ecology and can survive well in desert conditions by burrowing underground. The largest goannas can move very quickly across land and can swim and climb trees.

Goannas are an important food source for Aboriginal groups, especially in desert areas where larger animals are rare. Desert people are expert trackers and can see the tracks of goannas and recognise how recently the tracks were made. By following tracks and seeing the most recent signs of movements they can track to the underground burrows where they have to dig out the animals. Goannas are respected as a food resource and their existence is written into the Dreamtime stories that account for how the world was created. Goanna Ancestors are part of the Creation mythology of the desert landscape. The Ancestors are said to have turned into the goannas that now populate the deserts and other regions of Australia. Artist Debra Nangala McDonald paints a representation of a Goanna burrow, with sand mounds where the goanna has been digging. The story relates to the Ancestor whose journeys created the sites on her homelands.

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Black Hill Country by Doris Thomas

Doris Thomas  |  Black Hill Country

Jap 007269  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 40 cm

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Bush Food and Bush Tucker by Louise Daniels

Louise Daniels  |  Bush Food and Bush Tucker

Jap 007260  |  acrylic on canvas  |  55 x 40 cm

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Three Different Stories from the Bush by Margaret Boko

Margaret Boko  |  Three Different Stories from the Bush

Jap 007362  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 40 cm

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White Cocky and Goanna by Peggy Jones

Peggy Jones  |  White Cocky and Goanna

Jap 007172  |  acrylic on canvas  |  71 x 62 cm

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Happy Camp by the Spring Creek by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Happy Camp by the Spring Creek

Jap 008781  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012156  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Water Hole by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Water Hole

Jap 012723  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 124 cm

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Goanna and Country by Rosie Karadada

Rosie Karadada  |  Goanna and Country

Jap 009470  |  ochre on board  |  35 x 28 cm

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Goanna, Snake, Fish by Oenpelli - artist unknown

Oenpelli - artist unknown  |  Goanna, Snake, Fish

Jap 010645  |  ochre on paper  |  76 x 52 cm

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Tinka -Tjanpi by Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly  |  Tinka -Tjanpi

Jap 015187  |  mixed media sculpture  |  48 x 20 x 17 cm

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Oysters and Goanna by Dick Yambal Durrurrnga

Dick Yambal Durrurrnga  |  Oysters and Goanna

Jap 009575  |  acrylic on canvas  |  103 x 55 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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Wandjina & Unguds by Alison Burgu

Alison Burgu  |  Wandjina & Unguds

Jap 007474  |  ochre on canvas  |  139 x 70 cm

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Mimi Spirits Dancing by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi Spirits Dancing

Jap 007005  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 97 cm

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Goanna Muliera at Arrapilongu by Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi

Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi  |  Goanna Muliera at Arrapilongu

Jap 000838  |  acrylic on linen  |  100x 65 cm

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Banishment of the Goanna by Doris Gingingara

Doris Gingingara  |  Banishment of the Goanna

Jap 011138  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  70 x 50 cm

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Old Camp by Michelle Lion Kngwarreye

Michelle Lion Kngwarreye  |  Old Camp

Jap 006797  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012962  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 60 cm

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Man, Dog, Goanna & Little Quail by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Man, Dog, Goanna & Little Quail

Jap 010352  |  limited edition etching  |  50 x 39 cm

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Goanna Dreaming by Rahab Nungarrayi Spencer

Rahab Nungarrayi Spencer  |  Goanna Dreaming

Jap 009550  |  acrylic on canvas  |  46 x 46 cm

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Goanna Dreaming – Yarripurlangu by Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer

Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer  |  Goanna Dreaming – Yarripurlangu

Jap 013554  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Goanna Dreaming – Yarripurlangu by Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer

Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer  |  Goanna Dreaming – Yarripurlangu

Jap 013555  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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People are Camped at a Small Rockhole by Pantjiti Mary McLean

Pantjiti Mary McLean  |  People are Camped at a Small Rockhole

Jap 006396  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 122 cm

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Two Water goannas Burrar by Solomon Nawubda

Solomon Nawubda  |  Two Water goannas Burrar

Jap 012495  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  17 x 23 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 011820  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Goanna Dreaming – Yarripurlangu by Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer

Ruth Nungarrayi Spencer  |  Goanna Dreaming – Yarripurlangu

Jap 013558  |  acrylic on linen  |  30 x 30 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012993  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012992  |  acrylic on linen  |  92 x 60 cm

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Women Drinking at Waterhole by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Women Drinking at Waterhole

Jap 011216  |  acrylic on paper  |  85 x 65 cm

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