Balgo Hills 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.

 

Winpurpurla by Christine Yukenbarri

Christine Yukenbarri  |  Winpurpurla

Jap 016682  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Yirnangarri by Lucy Loomoo

Lucy Loomoo  |  Yirnangarri

Jap 016576  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 80 cm

Winpurpurla – Bushtucker by Imelda Yukenbarri Guguman

Imelda Yukenbarri Guguman  |  Winpurpurla – Bushtucker

Jap 016681  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Piparr by Monica Njamme

Monica Njamme  |  Piparr

Jap 016781  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Mulupuku by Bai Bai Napangarti

Bai Bai Napangarti  |  Mulupuku

Jap 016580  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 80 cm

Malari by Lucy Loomoo

Lucy Loomoo  |  Malari

Jap 016577  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

Ngalikutjana by Melissa Sunfly

Melissa Sunfly  |  Ngalikutjana

Jap 016569  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 80 cm

Pali Pali Tjilkar by Matthew West Tjupurrula

Matthew West Tjupurrula  |  Pali Pali Tjilkar

Jap 016563  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 100 cm

Lirrwarti by Ningie Nangala

Ningie Nangala  |  Lirrwarti

Jap 016559  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

Lirrwarti by Ningie Nangala

Ningie Nangala  |  Lirrwarti

Jap 016560  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

Pali Pali Tjilkar by Matthew West Tjupurrula

Matthew West Tjupurrula  |  Pali Pali Tjilkar

Jap 016780  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 40 cm

Karlyapilyirra by Dulcie Nanala

Dulcie Nanala  |  Karlyapilyirra

Jap 016568  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 75 cm

Piparr by Monica Njamme

Monica Njamme  |  Piparr

Jap 016574  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Nyakungtjuungku by Lucy Loomoo

Lucy Loomoo  |  Nyakungtjuungku

Jap 016575  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Mungil by Veronica Lulu

Veronica Lulu  |  Mungil

Jap 016572  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 80 cm

Lirrwarti by Ningie Nangala

Ningie Nangala  |  Lirrwarti

Jap 016561  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

Kinyu by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Kinyu

Jap 014137  |  Etching and Aquatint  |  50 x 40 cm

Ngawirri by Ningie Nangala

Ningie Nangala  |  Ngawirri

Jap 016562  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

Wilkinkarra by Pauline Sunfly

Pauline Sunfly  |  Wilkinkarra

Jap 016635  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Wilkinkarra by Winifred Nanala

Winifred Nanala  |  Wilkinkarra

Jap 016571  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Yakarn by Marie Mudgedell

Marie Mudgedell  |  Yakarn

Jap 016636  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 75 cm

Wilkinkarra by Pauline Sunfly

Pauline Sunfly  |  Wilkinkarra

Jap 016573  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Wangkartu by Helicopter Joey Tjunguurayi

Helicopter Joey Tjunguurayi  |  Wangkartu

Jap 016641  |  Acrylic on canvas  |  79 x 30 cm

Tjumundora by Eizabeth Gordon

Eizabeth Gordon  |  Tjumundora

Jap 016579  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 50 cm

Kaningarra by Susie Bootja Bootja

Susie Bootja Bootja  |  Kaningarra

Jap 010506  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Kinyu by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Kinyu

Jap 000187  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 100 cm

Marrakutu by Melissa Sunfly

Melissa Sunfly  |  Marrakutu

Jap 016637  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 80 cm

Purkitji by Frank Clancy

Frank Clancy  |  Purkitji

Jap 004790  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

Midjul by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Midjul

Jap 000188  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

Balgo Hills, or Wirramanu, is a remote community about 200km west of the Northern Territory – Western Australian border, on the edges of the Tanami and Great Sandy Deserts. The Aboriginal art from Balgo represents the culture and stories drawn from the nine tribal groups who live in this remote community. It was founded by Catholic Missionaries in the mid 1930s and is home to Aboriginal people predominately from the Walmajarri, Pintupi, Kukatja and Warlpiri language groups.

The introduction of acrylic paint in 1984 offered the Aboriginal artists a wide range of colours with which to create images of their totemic Ancestors, Creation heroes and song cycles, replacing the traditional ochres, plant and animal materials used in their body, cave and ground paintings.

A vitality in colour and form, as well as a willingness to experiment, gave Balgo Aboriginal artists a distinctive style. It is deeply permeated with a quality of ‘groundedness’ known as marrka which ensures that the artworks on view engender the spiritual value that is central to the power of the Dreaming.

The older Aboriginal artists of Balgo, now mostly passed away, had all lived a full nomadic life in their youth. A later generation of artists began painting vibrant and explosive works like other desert contemporaries, which pay tribute to the extraordinary and remote country where they live. A new art centre at Balgo was completed in 1998 – a new building to re-emphasises the importance of Aboriginal art and culture in the community and in the national fabric.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Eubena Nampitjin
BALGO Exhibition by DFAT: Contemporary Australian Art from Balgo Hills