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Lizard Dreaming Paintings

Lizard Artworks

Aboriginal people settled all areas of the Australian continent during the past 50,000 years and have maintained a close co-existence with the natural world. Some regions may seem difficult zones to live in and to find food and necessary resources for life. Adapting to life here means having a deep knowledge of the resources available. As hunters and gatherers Aboriginal people knew the seasons and the cycles of life and could live off whatever food could be found. Hundreds of lizard species are found across Australia and all were considered as useful food items.

The largest lizards can be a metre long and grow fat in the good season when grass and insects are abundant. These are prized most when they are fatty and are cooked over the coals of an open fire. Lizards tend to seek the protection of burrows and rock crevices and must be drawn out of their hideaways. Lizards are part of the Dreaming stories that relate to the creation of the natural world and to the role of Ancestors and humans in that world.
The Thorny Lizard or Mountain Devil Lizard plays a major role in the Dreaming story of Central Australia. Artists represent the landscape that the Lizard Ancestor created. Often the distinctive spikey markings on its back are shown in the painting to represent the connection between the animal and the ritual sites where the Ancestor creation events occurred.

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Tinka -Tjanpi by Chriselda Farmer

Chriselda Farmer  |  Tinka -Tjanpi

Jap 015185  |  mixed media sculpture  |  72 x 29 x 16 cm

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Wandjina – Hunting by Donny Woolagoodja

Donny Woolagoodja  |  Wandjina – Hunting

Jap 007470  |  ochre on canvas  |  51 x 44 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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Totemic Lizard by Timor Carving

Timor Carving  |  Totemic Lizard

Jap 009875  |  local wood  |  length 26 cm

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Mountain Devil Lizard –  Body Paint by Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird Petyarre  |  Mountain Devil Lizard – Body Paint

Jap 011416  |  acrylic on canvas  |  161 x 119 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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Carved Lizard by Anton Currie

Anton Currie  |  Carved Lizard

Jap 009181  |  Quandong wood

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Blue Tongue Lizard – Fathers Country by Wentja Napaltjarri

Wentja Napaltjarri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard – Fathers Country

Jap 012052  |  acrylic on linen  |  95 x 95 cm

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Blue Tongue Lizard – Fathers Country by Wentja Napaltjarri

Wentja Napaltjarri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard – Fathers Country

Jap 012053  |  acrylic on linen  |  94 x 60 cm

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Frill Neck Lizard by Turbo Brown

Turbo Brown  |  Frill Neck Lizard

Jap 009445  |  acrylic on canvas board  |  45 x 34 cm

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Blue Tongue Lizard – Fathers Country by Wentja Napaltjarri

Wentja Napaltjarri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard – Fathers Country

Jap 012056  |  acrylic on linen  |  94 x 60 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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Blue Tongue Lizard by Wentja Napaltjarri

Wentja Napaltjarri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard

Jap 012050  |  acrylic on linen  |  129 x 94 cm

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Arnkerrthe – Mountain Devil Lizard by Nancy Kunoth Petyarre

Nancy Kunoth Petyarre  |  Arnkerrthe – Mountain Devil Lizard

Jap 000804  |  acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 30 cm

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Naami with Blue Tongued Lizard by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Naami with Blue Tongued Lizard

Jap 002095  |  acrylic on canvas  |  82 x 67 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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Arnkerrthe – Mountain Lizard Dreaming by Nancy Kunoth Petyarr

Nancy Kunoth Petyarr  |  Arnkerrthe – Mountain Lizard Dreaming

Jap 009655  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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Ngintake Perentie Lizard by Rini Tiger

Rini Tiger  |  Ngintake Perentie Lizard

Jap 009229  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 77 cm

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Ngintake Perentie Lizard by Rini Tiger

Rini Tiger  |  Ngintake Perentie Lizard

Jap 009227  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

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