Arnhem Land Aboriginal Art

A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.


Sugarbag Man by Peter Nabarlambari

Peter Nabarlambari  |  Sugarbag Man

Jap 014191  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  48 x 38 cm

Kangaroo by Billy Dullman

Billy Dullman  |  Kangaroo

Jap 000088  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  75 x 55 cm

Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming by Thompson Yulidjirri

Thompson Yulidjirri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming

Jap 012134  |  lithograph  |  53 x 36 cm

Black Flying Fox design by Johnny Bulunbulun

Johnny Bulunbulun  |  Black Flying Fox design

Jap 012135  |  limited edition silkscreen   |  64 x 41 cm

Mimi Hunting by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi Hunting

Jap 014158  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 150 cm

The Wind at Mankolod by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  The Wind at Mankolod

Jap 011575  |  ochre on bark  |  156 x 44 cm

Python Ancestral Spirits by Djardie Ashley

Djardie Ashley  |  Python Ancestral Spirits

Jap 008199  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  62 x 43 cm

Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 011573  |  ochre on bark  |  132 x 50 cm

Turtles by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy   |  Turtles

Jap 000296  |  ochre on paper  |  105 x 75 cm

Arnhem Land is located in the north-eastern corner of the Northern Territory, with an area of 97,000 km², including Kakadu National Park. Declared an Aboriginal Reserve in 1931, it remains one of the largest Aboriginal Reserves in Australia. Arnhem Land is perhaps best known for its isolation, the strong cultural traditions, and the output of its Aboriginal art. Arnhem Land Aboriginal communities have embraced the homeland or Outstation movement, allowing smaller family groups to move back onto traditional lands.

Northeast Arnhem Land is home to the indigenous Yolngu people, one of the largest Aboriginal groups in Australia, and one who have succeeded in maintaining a vigorous traditional indigenous culture. The Malays and Macassans are believed to have had contact with the coastal Aboriginal groups and traded with them prior to European settlement of Australia.

Arnhem Land is recognised as one of the world’s great centres for ancient Aboriginal rock art, which is a continuous tradition that leads into the contemporary Aboriginal paintings being produced today. Significant rock art sites are located in the areas around Ubirr Rock, Injalak Hill and Canon Hill, and include images that go back more than 10,000 years and perhaps 20,000 years or more.

The strong cultural heritage of this region is reflected in the quality and content of the Aboriginal art being produced today. The commitment to culture is summed up in 2009 by Gawirrin Gumana, leader of the Dhalwangu clan. “We want to stay on our own land. We have our culture, we have our law, we have our land rights, we have our painting and carving, we have our stories from our old people.”

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links:

Edward Blitner Artist Bio & Artworks
Djambu Barra Barra Artist Bio & Artworks
Kun-Madj: Fish Traps & Dilly Bags – Exhibition
Edward Blitner – Stories from my Grandfather – Exhibition
Hamish Garrgarrku Exhibition