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Aboriginal Landscape Art

Australian Aboriginal Landscape Paintings

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Aboriginal Art Landscapes

Aboriginal art has maintained a different approach to Western art in the way in which landscapes are presented. Many Aboriginal paintings show the terrain more as a map seen from above. This accords with the idea that Indigenous people needed to maintain a conceptual map in their head of the territory over which they travelled. With only memory and song to aid them in understanding their Country, these visual maps have more recently been rich resources of artistic expression for painters when recreating their Country. On one level these maps of terrain show the physical world of the artist, but on top of that may be laid out the metaphysical information that relates to this Country. So landscapes contain associated information on Dreaming and ceremonial sites, Creation journeys and Songlines, sources of food, water and other natural resources. The landscape becomes an index of resources and meaning for the artist. The desert artists who laid out these landscape maps are hunters and trackers. They are accustomed to looking down and reading the information that the desert sands reveal about everything that has passed this way. So to some extent the majority of desert paintings are landscapes that hold great meaning and information for the people of the land.

Other Aboriginal artists have made a conscious choice to present landscapes of their own Country more in the format familiar in Western art. Famously Albert Namatjira gained sensational recognition during the 1940s and 1950s with exquisite watercolours that revealed the beauty of the desert interior of Australia. Perhaps surprising his audience with both the realist skills of his art and the sense of colour contrasts of the desert, Namatjira established a legacy that continues to this day. His extended family continues to paint in the Hermannsburg watercolour tradition.

Other artists have blended the styles of realistic landscape painting with the techniques of aerial perspective and dot painting infill. Artists from the Alyawarr language groups at Ampilatwatja and neighbouring communities in Central Australia have elected not to directly paint references to the stories of their Dreamings, but to show the landscapes where the Creation mythologies took place. Their landscapes are seen from an elevated position and are composed of tiny dots covering the surface of the painting.

The role of landscape painting may well have a different purpose in Aboriginal art than in Western art. It remains a representation of particular location, but one that is often loaded with other information shown in symbolic form. Perhaps what we need to extract from these landscapes is an appreciation of the knowledge and history that goes into these images of the land. We hope this selection of works is a useful overview of the range of Aboriginal landscapes being produced in Australia today.

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Sandhill Country and Waterholes by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Sandhill Country and Waterholes

Jap 001902  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Payinjarra by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Payinjarra

Jap 006364  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 76 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Athanasius Renkarako

Athanasius Renkarako  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012390  |  Watercolour  |  53 x 35.5 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Keith Namatjira

Keith Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012391  |  Watercolour  |  53 x 37.5 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Otto Pareroultja

Otto Pareroultja   |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012393  |  Watercolour  |  24.5 x 15 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Joshua Ebatarinja

Joshua Ebatarinja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012394  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Ewald Namatjira

Ewald Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012395  |  Watercolour  |  29 x 18.5 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Gabriel Namatjira

Gabriel Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012397  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

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Ngaminya by Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala  |  Ngaminya

Jap 012901  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

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Jawirrpa Waterhole – Big Water by Rosie Goodjie & Nada Rawlins

Rosie Goodjie & Nada Rawlins  |  Jawirrpa Waterhole – Big Water

Jap 004212  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 157 cm

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Dry River Bed by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Dry River Bed

Jap 013541  |  acrylic on linen  |  169 x 119 cm

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Alhalkere – My Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Alhalkere – My Country

Jap 004106  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

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Dry River Bed by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Dry River Bed

Jap 013759  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 39 cm

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Wijinti and Purrpurn by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Wijinti and Purrpurn

Jap 006356  |  acrylic on canvas  |  133 x 77 cm

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Landscape by Jessie Beasley

Jessie Beasley  |  Landscape

Jap 013762  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 75 cm

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Malardie by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  Malardie

Jap 013791  |  ochre on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

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Dry River Bed by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Dry River Bed

Jap 014109  |  acrylic on linen  |  173 x 119 cm

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Untitled – Tingari and Ancestral Country by Patrick Tjungurrayi

Patrick Tjungurrayi  |  Untitled – Tingari and Ancestral Country

Jap 010259  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

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Juljul – Bush Country by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Juljul – Bush Country

Jap 005700  |  96 x 74 cm

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Liturwarti by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Liturwarti

Jap 002693  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 84 cm

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Untitled – Tingari and Ancestral Country by Patrick Tjungurrayi

Patrick Tjungurrayi  |  Untitled – Tingari and Ancestral Country

Jap 011160  |   acrylic on linen  |  149 x 60 cm

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Night Sky by Germaine Dobbs

Germaine Dobbs  |  Night Sky

Jap 011751  |  acrylic on linen  |  96 x 100 cm

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Sandhills and River Bed Country by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  Sandhills and River Bed Country

Jap 013676  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 90 cm

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Kurriny Piyirnkujarrra by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurriny Piyirnkujarrra

Jap 008207  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 48 cm

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Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs by Madigan Thomas

Madigan Thomas  |  Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs

Jap 000674  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming by Julie Nangala Robertson

Julie Nangala Robertson  |  Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming

Jap 012195  |  acrylic on linen  |  141 x 96 cm

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Late Afternoon Stinging Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Late Afternoon Stinging Rain

Jap 012614  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 110 cm

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Salt Lake Country by Tarisse King

Tarisse King  |  Salt Lake Country

Jap 013129  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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Tjiturrulpa Rockhole by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa Rockhole

Jap 008693  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Purnululu by Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin  |  Purnululu

Jap 000747  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 76 cm

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Homelands by Lucy Apwerl Pumper

Lucy Apwerl Pumper  |  Homelands

Jap 011736  |  acrylic on linen  |  130 x 93 cm

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Ngukurr in the 1970s by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Ngukurr in the 1970s

Jap 012880  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 80 cm

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Karru by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Karru

Jap 002708  |  acrylic on canvas  |  102 x 85 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 013906  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 90 cm

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Murray Downs by Linda Apwerl Dobbs

Linda Apwerl Dobbs  |  Murray Downs

Jap 011728  |  acrylic on linen  |  109 x 102 cm

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Joomaling – Bottle Tree by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Joomaling – Bottle Tree

Jap 006142  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  55 x 38 cm

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Waru Tjukurrpa – Fire Dreaming by Jorna Newberry

Jorna Newberry  |  Waru Tjukurrpa – Fire Dreaming

Jap 012357  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 150 cm

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My Country – Aralya by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country – Aralya

Jap 013591  |  acrylic on canvas  |  147 x 91 cm

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After Good Rain by Vernon Apwerl Morrison

Vernon Apwerl Morrison  |  After Good Rain

Jap 011749  |  acrylic on linen  |  104 x 103 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 013879  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 90 cm

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Landscape – My Country by Basil Morrison

Basil Morrison  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011753  |  acrylic on linen  |  101 x 101 cm

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Desert Storm & Emu Men by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Desert Storm & Emu Men

Jap 000651  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Boab Prison Tree by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Boab Prison Tree

Jap 006416  |  ochre on canvas  |  118 x 84 cm

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Purnululu – Bungle Bungles by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Purnululu – Bungle Bungles

Jap 011936  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  91 x 66 cm

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Purlta by Maryanne Downs

Maryanne Downs  |  Purlta

Jap 002581  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 83 cm

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Texas Junction by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Texas Junction

Jap 011937  |  limited edition silkscreen   |  71 x 60 cm

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My Country by Linda Apwerl Dobbs

Linda Apwerl Dobbs  |  My Country

Jap 011760  |  acrylic on linen  |  184 x 135 cm

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Janderrji – Dolly Hole by Paddy Bedford

Paddy Bedford  |  Janderrji – Dolly Hole

Jap 013134  |  etching  |  49 x 49 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004941  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 126 cm

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Country – Fire Series by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Country – Fire Series

Jap 005453  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 120 cm

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Mina Mina Tjukurpa by Elsie Napanangka Granites

Elsie Napanangka Granites  |  Mina Mina Tjukurpa

Jap 012468  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

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Punu Mitunyala by Lawrence Pennington

Lawrence Pennington  |  Punu Mitunyala

Jap 011065  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 75 cm

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My Country by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  My Country

Jap 013499  |  acrylic on linen  |  172 x 48 cm

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Durba Gorge by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Durba Gorge

Jap 006168  |  lithograph  |  60 x 44 cm

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Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013769  |  acrylic on linen  |  220 x 110 cm

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Tali – Sand Dune Country by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa  |  Tali – Sand Dune Country

Jap 012450  |  acrylic on canvas  |  182 x 122 cm

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Narranguny Hills by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Narranguny Hills

Jap 012540  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Dalyuyn Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Dalyuyn Country

Jap 013598  |  ochre on canvas  |  91 x 60.5 cm

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Sandy Creek by June Peters

June Peters  |  Sandy Creek

Jap 011263  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

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Mount Hermansburg by Hilary Wirri

Hilary Wirri  |  Mount Hermansburg

Jap 007614  |  watercolour on paper  |  17 x 12 cm

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Birrno – Alice Downs Station by Gordon Barney

Gordon Barney  |  Birrno – Alice Downs Station

Jap 000233  |  ochre on canvas  |  140 x 100 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Elsie Napanangka Granites

Elsie Napanangka Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 013115  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 60 cm

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Warla Country Waterholes by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Warla Country Waterholes

Jap 006350  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 97 cm

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Elbow Hole – Spring Creek by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Elbow Hole – Spring Creek

Jap 012538  |  ochre on linen  |  140 x 90 cm

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Tali – Sand Dunes by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa  |  Tali – Sand Dunes

Jap 012667  |  acrylic on linen  |  71 x 56 cm

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Gilbine – Mabel Downs by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Gilbine – Mabel Downs

Jap 013708  |  ochre & acrylic on artboard, framed  |  76 x 60 cm

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Canning Stock Route by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Canning Stock Route

Jap 001921  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 114 cm

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Windmill by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Windmill

Jap 009066  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Purnululu – Top Way by Nora Nagarra

Nora Nagarra  |  Purnululu – Top Way

Jap 003955  |  ochre an canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Tjiturrulpa – Sandhill Country by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa – Sandhill Country

Jap 004043  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

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Daam Naginba – My Country by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Daam Naginba – My Country

Jap 012537  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Father Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Father Country

Jap 010344  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  51 x 41 cm

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Bunagany and Kinyany by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bunagany and Kinyany

Jap 013418  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country

Jap 013704  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 57 cm

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Country by Edgar Pike

Edgar Pike  |  Country

Jap 006097  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 73 cm

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Partiri Jiljikurraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Partiri Jiljikurraji

Jap 010356  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

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Wardang Hill by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Wardang Hill

Jap 011930  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Djunuwiny by Doris Gingingara

Doris Gingingara  |  Djunuwiny

Jap 011135  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 50 cm

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Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013770  |  acrylic on linen  |  176 x 118 cm

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Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges

Jap 013597  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 90 cm

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Tickelara Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Tickelara Country

Jap 011071  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 177 cm

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Warla by Francine Steele

Francine Steele  |  Warla

Jap 006099  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 61 cm

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Untitled by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Untitled

Jap 009690  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 76 cm

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Mistake Creek by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Mistake Creek

Jap 012213  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Picanninny Creek by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Picanninny Creek

Jap 011257  |  ochre on canvas  |  76 x 50 cm

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King Leopold Ranges by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  King Leopold Ranges

Jap 012581  |  ochre on canvas  |  130 x 86 cm

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Ngumi – Warla lake by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Ngumi – Warla lake

Jap 002125  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  99 x 97 cm

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Late Afternoon Stinging Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Late Afternoon Stinging Rain

Jap 012619  |  acrylic on canvas  |  181 x 110 cm

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My Country (Triptych) by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  My Country (Triptych)

Jap 010740  |  acrylic on linen  |  182 x 90

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Minyma Inmaku – Women by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri  |  Minyma Inmaku – Women

Jap 008411  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 91 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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Journey by Rosemary Parrabatj Morgan

Rosemary Parrabatj Morgan  |  Journey

Jap 010233  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Dry River Bed by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Dry River Bed

Jap 013540  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 87 cm

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