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.


Ngaloyn by Lofty Ndjamerrek

Lofty Ndjamerrek  |  Ngaloyn

Jap 014194  |  Etching  |  69 x 84 cm

Mimi Spirits by Johnson Nabegeyo

Johnson Nabegeyo  |  Mimi Spirits

Jap 016100  |  acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 35 cm

Body Design by Susan Wanji Wanji

Susan Wanji Wanji  |  Body Design

Jap 013790  |  ochre on canvas  |  99 x 50 cm

Flying Fox by Roy Burrunyula

Roy Burrunyula  |  Flying Fox

Jap 014166  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  63 x 43 cm

Magpie Geese by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy  |  Magpie Geese

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

Kangaroo by Billy Dullman

Billy Dullman  |  Kangaroo

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

Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 011573  |  ochre on bark  |  132 x 50 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

Yathikpa by Mena Munungurr

Mena Munungurr  |  Yathikpa

Jap 004245  |  bark  |  114 x 51 cm

Black Flying Fox design by Johnny Bulunbulun

Johnny Bulunbulun  |  Black Flying Fox design

Jap 012135  |  limited edition silkscreen   |  64 x 41 cm

Oysters and Goanna by Dick Yambal Durrurrnga

Dick Yambal Durrurrnga  |  Oysters and Goanna

Jap 009575  |  acrylic on canvas  |  103 x 55 cm

Sugar Bag & Possum by J.B. Fisher

J.B. Fisher  |  Sugar Bag & Possum

Jap 004251  |  ochre on bark   |  131 x 50 cm

Bawan – Thunderman by Djalu Gurruwiwi

Djalu Gurruwiwi  |  Bawan – Thunderman

Jap 012137  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 48 cm

Kangaroo and Hunter by Unknown Artist

Unknown Artist  |  Kangaroo and Hunter

Jap 005321  |  ochre on bark  |  62 x 36 cm

Barramundi and Fish Trap by England Banggala

England Banggala  |  Barramundi and Fish Trap

Jap 008201  |  lithograph  |  61 x 45 cm

Madi by Malalkapuy Munyarryun

Malalkapuy Munyarryun  |  Madi

Jap 004252  |  ochre on bark   |  125 x 49 cm

Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014369  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 87 cm

No Room for Jesus by Mawalan Marika

Mawalan Marika  |  No Room for Jesus

Jap 013786  |  ochre on bark  |  62.5 x 42.5 cm

Kangaroo and Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Kangaroo and Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014159  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 149 cm

Python Ancestral Spirits by Djardie Ashley

Djardie Ashley  |  Python Ancestral Spirits

Jap 008199  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  62 x 43 cm

Magpie Geese by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy   |  Magpie Geese

Jap 000295  |  ochre on paper  |  105 x 75 cm

Turtles by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy   |  Turtles

Jap 000296  |  ochre on paper  |  105 x 75 cm

Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming by Thompson Yulidjirri

Thompson Yulidjirri  |  Blue Tongue Lizard Dreaming

Jap 012134  |  lithograph  |  53 x 36 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

Djambu Barra Barra
Edward Blitner
Edward Blitner – Stories from my Grandfather – Exhibition