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Arnhem Land Paintings

Arnhem Land Paintings

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.

Arnhem Land Aboriginal Art

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

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Lightning Spirits by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Lightning Spirits

Jap 006057  |  acrylic on canvas  |  128 x 89 cm

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No Room for Jesus by Mawalan Marika

Mawalan Marika  |  No Room for Jesus

Jap 013786  |  ochre on bark  |  62.5 x 42.5 cm

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Wuyal by Gunbiyala

Gunbiyala  |  Wuyal

Jap 013787  |  ochre on bark  |  84 x 35.5 cm

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Body Design by Susan Wanji Wanji

Susan Wanji Wanji  |  Body Design

Jap 013790  |  ochre on canvas  |  99 x 50 cm

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Magpie Geese by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy  |  Magpie Geese

Jap 000294  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  77x 57 cm

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Waterholes by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Waterholes

Jap 011572  |  ochre on bark  |  120 x 44 cm

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Kangaroo by Billy Dullman

Billy Dullman  |  Kangaroo

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

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Turtles by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy  |  Turtles

Jap 000296  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  105 x 75 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 011573  |  ochre on bark  |  132 x 50 cm

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Wind Dreaming & Waterhole by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Wind Dreaming & Waterhole

Jap 011574  |  ochre on bark  |  141 x 43 cm

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Yathikpa by Mena Munungurr

Mena Munungurr  |  Yathikpa

Jap 004245  |  bark  |  114 x 51 cm

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The Wind at Mankolod by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  The Wind at Mankolod

Jap 011575  |  ochre on bark  |  156 x 44 cm

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Black Flying Fox design by Johnny Bulunbulun

Johnny Bulunbulun  |  Black Flying Fox design

Jap 012135  |  limited edition silkscreen   |  64 x 41 cm

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Sugar Bag & Possum by J.B. Fisher

J.B. Fisher  |  Sugar Bag & Possum

Jap 004251  |  ochre on bark   |  131 x 50 cm

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Barramundi & Kangaroo Spirit Ground by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi & Kangaroo Spirit Ground

Jap 009040  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Sugar Glider by Johnny Bulunbulun

Johnny Bulunbulun  |  Sugar Glider

Jap 012136  |  lithograph  |  47 x 30 cm

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Kangaroo and Hunter by Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist  |  Kangaroo and Hunter

Jap 005321  |  ochre on bark  |  62 x 36 cm

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Bawan – Thunderman by Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi  |  Bawan – Thunderman

Jap 012137  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 48 cm

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Barramundi and Fish Trap by England Banggala

England Banggala  |  Barramundi and Fish Trap

Jap 008201  |  lithograph  |  61 x 45 cm

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Madi by Malalkapuy Munyarryun

Malalkapuy Munyarryun  |  Madi

Jap 004252  |  ochre on bark   |  125 x 49 cm

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Lorrkon – Hollow Log by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Lorrkon – Hollow Log

Jap 010984  |  Ochre on Wood  |  156 x 19 cm

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Magpie Geese by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy   |  Magpie Geese

Jap 000295  |  ochre on paper  |  105 x 75 cm

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Python Ancestral Spirits by Djardie Ashley

Djardie Ashley  |  Python Ancestral Spirits

Jap 008199  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  62 x 43 cm

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Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming by Thompson Yulidjirri

Thompson Yulidjirri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming

Jap 012134  |  lithograph  |  53 x 36 cm

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