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Turtle Art

Turtle Dreaming Paintings

Turtle paintings by Aboriginal artists of northern Australia show a favoured food resource & Indigenous totems from Dreamtime stories and law.

Turtle Artworks

Turtle artworks are common from Aboriginal artists from the northern areas of Australia. Turtles are a favoured food source for Indigenous communities and therefore appear as totems and in Dreamtime stories and Creation myths. Indigenous people respect the food resources that sustain them and they celebrate the turtle in rituals that aim to increase the bounty of the species.

Turtles are found in freshwater lakes and billabongs as well as the large saltwater turtles. The main regions where paintings that feature turtles are produced include Maningrida, Ramingining and Ngukurr in Arnhemland, Tiwi Islands and Daly River in Northern Territory, Torres Strait Islands and on Cape York Peninsula in Queensland and Mowanjum and Broome in the Kimberley.

When turtles are shown with fine lines or cross-hatching drawn over their shells, this shows the traditional marks used by Arnhemland artists. These marks are called rarrk and are used to indicate totems and family designs that link specific animals to the families through Dreamtime law. Often the hunting of animals is managed and controlled by social laws that reflect the links between families and totems.

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Turtles by Rebecca Wolmby

Rebecca Wolmby  |  Turtles

Jap 007044  |  acrylic on canvas  |  79 x 51 cm

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Tiitch by Rebecca Wolmby

Rebecca Wolmby  |  Tiitch

Jap 007043  |  acrylic on canvas  |  79 x 78 cm

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Cape Keerwer by Rebecca Wolmby

Rebecca Wolmby  |  Cape Keerwer

Jap 007042  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 51 cm

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Turtle Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Turtle Dreaming

Jap 013424  |  acrylic on canvas  |  54 x 27 cm

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Turtle Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Turtle Dreaming

Jap 013447  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 30 cm

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Wali – Green Sea Turtle by Kirsty Burgu

Kirsty Burgu  |  Wali – Green Sea Turtle

Jap 013715  |  acrylic on canvas  |  40 x 30 cm

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Turtle Dreaming by Sam Assan

Sam Assan  |  Turtle Dreaming

Jap 013998  |  acrylic on canvas  |  34 x 24 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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Turtle Spirit by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Turtle Spirit

Jap 007107  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 38 cm

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Crocodile Dreaming by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Crocodile Dreaming

Jap 014373  |  acrylic on canvas  |  184 x 100 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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Barramundi and Turtle by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi and Turtle

Jap 009038  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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The Turtle Hunter by Andrew Margalulu

Andrew Margalulu  |  The Turtle Hunter

Jap 008200  |  woodblock print on paper  |  29 x 30 cm

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Koeral by Alick Tipoti

Alick Tipoti  |  Koeral

Jap 008989  |  limited edition linocut  |  98 x 66 cm

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Mulungu by Alick Tipoti

Alick Tipoti  |  Mulungu

Jap 008983  |  linocut- Hand coloured  |  30 x 50 cm

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Turtle by Iris Wanambi

Iris Wanambi  |  Turtle

Jap 012888  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

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Mard Garutherik by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona  |  Mard Garutherik

Jap 008870  |  limited edition etching  |  96 x 49.5 cm

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Wandjina, Dumbi & Unguds by Theresa Numendumah

Theresa Numendumah  |  Wandjina, Dumbi & Unguds

Jap 007516  |  ochre on canvas  |  50 x 40 cm

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Ngalmangiyi – Long-necked Turtle by Barry Bangarr

Barry Bangarr  |  Ngalmangiyi – Long-necked Turtle

Jap 008238  |  ochre and acrylic on arches  |  41 x 31 cm

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Turtle Eggs by Kerry Madawyn McCarthy

Kerry Madawyn McCarthy   |  Turtle Eggs

Jap 011487  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 30 cm

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Alawa Story by Willie Gudapi

Willie Gudapi  |  Alawa Story

Jap 012132  |  acrylic on canvas  |  128 x 84 cm

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Waru Kuial – Turtle Rocks by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona  |  Waru Kuial – Turtle Rocks

Jap 008880  |  limited edition etching  |  61 x 49 cm

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Garriwa – Long Necked Turtle by Doris Gingingara

Doris Gingingara  |  Garriwa – Long Necked Turtle

Jap 011134  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 50 cm

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Turtle Eggs by Kerry Madawyn McCarthy

Kerry Madawyn McCarthy   |  Turtle Eggs

Jap 011491  |  acrylic on linen  |  51 x 35 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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