Australian Aboriginal Landscape Paintings

See Landscape paintings from Central Australian Aboriginal artists at reduced prices. All works are available for sale by enquiry.

 

Rockhole by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Rockhole

Jap 016158  |  ink pens on paper  |  64 x 44 cm

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Flowers and Fairies by Elizabeth Ngwarraye Bonney

Elizabeth Ngwarraye Bonney  |  Flowers and Fairies

Jap 016104  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 51 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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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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My Country is Irrultja by Kindy Kemarre Ross

Kindy Kemarre Ross  |  My Country is Irrultja

Jap 016381  |  acrylic on canvas  |  51 x 51 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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Purnululu by Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin  |  Purnululu

Jap 000747  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 76 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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Landscape – My Country by Basil Morrison

Basil Morrison  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011753  |  acrylic on linen  |  101 x 101 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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Bush Medicine Plants by Daisy Kemarre Turner

Daisy Kemarre Turner  |  Bush Medicine Plants

Jap 016388  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 61 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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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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View of Country by Bettrina Pula Bundey

Bettrina Pula Bundey  |  View of Country

Jap 016358  |  acrylic on canvas  |  51 x 51 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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West MacDonnell Ranges by Gabriel Namatjira

Gabriel Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012397  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

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Sandhill Country and Waterholes by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Sandhill Country and Waterholes

Jap 001902  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 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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My View of Country by Sonya Ngwarraye Petrick

Sonya Ngwarraye Petrick  |  My View of Country

Jap 016374  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 61 cm

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My Country by Melita Pitjara Morton

Melita Pitjara Morton  |  My Country

Jap 016236  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 51 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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View Of Country by Serina Ngwarraye Holmes

Serina Ngwarraye Holmes  |  View Of Country

Jap 016237  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 51 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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My Country is Irrultja by Kindy Kemarre Ross

Kindy Kemarre Ross  |  My Country is Irrultja

Jap 016240  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 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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My Country and Bush Medicine Plants by Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton

Julieanne Ngwarraye Morton  |  My Country and Bush Medicine Plants

Jap 016242  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 61 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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My Fathers Country by Rita Pitjara Beasley

Rita Pitjara Beasley  |  My Fathers Country

Jap 016243  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 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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My Fathers Country and Bush Medicine by Rosie Kemarre Morton

Rosie Kemarre Morton  |  My Fathers Country and Bush Medicine

Jap 016244  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Sherwin Nature Reserve by Daisy Helen Tjupantarri Ward

Daisy Helen Tjupantarri Ward  |  Sherwin Nature Reserve

Jap 014643  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 101 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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My Mothers Country by Daisy Kemarre Moss

Daisy Kemarre Moss  |  My Mothers Country

Jap 016345  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 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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Purnululu – Top Way by Nora Nagarra

Nora Nagarra  |  Purnululu – Top Way

Jap 003955  |  ochre an canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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My Country Antarrengeny by Lilly Kemarre Morton

Lilly Kemarre Morton  |  My Country Antarrengeny

Jap 016212  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 30 cm

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My Fathers Seed Dreaming by Lulu Ptjara Teece

Lulu Ptjara Teece  |  My Fathers Seed Dreaming

Jap 016213  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 51 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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View of Country by Desma Ngwarraye Turner

Desma Ngwarraye Turner  |  View of Country

Jap 016218  |  acrylic on linen  |  51 x 30 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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Partiri Jiljikurraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Partiri Jiljikurraji

Jap 010356  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 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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View of Country by Jeannie Pula Beasley

Jeannie Pula Beasley  |  View of Country

Jap 016220  |  acrylic on linen  |  51 x 30 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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My Country by Ada Pula Beasley

Ada Pula Beasley  |  My Country

Jap 016226  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 51 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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View of Country by Camillia Ngwarraye Morton

Camillia Ngwarraye Morton  |  View of Country

Jap 016231  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 51 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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View of Country by Juliet Morton

Juliet Morton  |  View of Country

Jap 016233  |  acrylic on linen  |  51 x 30 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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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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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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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.