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Bidyadanga Paintings

Bidyadanga 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.

Bidyadanga Aboriginal Art

Bidyadanga is one of the larger Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, located on the coast 200 km south of Broome, on the edge of the Kimberley. The community, with about 800 residents, is on traditional land of the Karajarri people, and for many years was known as La Grange Station and operated as a telegraph post for the surrounding stations and pearl luggers.

In the 1970s La Grange Station was managed by the Catholic Church as a mission for various community groups, since the introduction of the equal pay in the pastoral industry had resulted in many Aboriginal people being forced from the cattle stations where they had lived and worked. At this time a large number of people moved to Bidyadanga from different areas and different language groups. The Aboriginal languages now represented in the community include Juwaliny, Mangala, Yawaru and Yuparinga.

The most senior artists from Bidyadanga spent their early lives in the desert living in the traditional bush way. Much of the Aboriginal art they produce reflects their experience and depicts the desert country and its hunter/gatherer lifestyle that gravitated around clan owned and managed waterholes.

By painting their traditional country and its associated culture the younger artists have started an inter-generational push to understand and represent the culture of their elders. Led by the senior artists, with their intimate knowledge of the desert landscape, the Bidyadanga Aboriginal artists have incorporated the rich colours of the saltwater country into their distinctive style of painting. In recent years the artists have established their own community art centre.

Bidyadanga Artworks at the National Gallery of Victoria

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Wirnpa Country by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Wirnpa Country

Jap 006775  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 98 cm

Country – Wirritiny by Mervyn Numbagardi

Mervyn Numbagardi   |  Country – Wirritiny

Jap 006639  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 97 cm

Wirnpa Country by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Wirnpa Country

Jap 006774  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 109 cm

Wirnpa Country by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Wirnpa Country

Jap 006773  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 74 cm

Ngarluntu by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Ngarluntu

Jap 007309  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 67 cm

Warla Country by Mervyn Numbagardi

Mervyn Numbagardi   |  Warla Country

Jap 006638  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 99 cm

Karntanu by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Karntanu

Jap 007308  |  acrylic on canvas  |  87 x 66 cm

Jilji Country – Johanna Springs by Mervyn Numbagardi

Mervyn Numbagardi   |  Jilji Country – Johanna Springs

Jap 006776  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 87 cm

Ngarrumpu by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Ngarrumpu

Jap 007317  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 89 cm

Willi Wilgi by Mervyn Numbagardi

Mervyn Numbagardi  |  Willi Wilgi

Jap 007316  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 115 cm

Jindarrajirri by Margaret Baragurra

Margaret Baragurra  |  Jindarrajirri

Jap 007314  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 114 cm

Kinyu by Donald Moko

Donald Moko  |  Kinyu

Jap 007315  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 115 cm

Mijikirti by Donald Moko

Donald Moko  |  Mijikirti

Jap 007312  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 115 cm

Yimiri Country by Donald Moko

Donald Moko  |  Yimiri Country

Jap 007313  |  acrylic on canvas  |  115 x 113 cm

Mijikirti Kulyakartu by Donald Moko

Donald Moko  |  Mijikirti Kulyakartu

Jap 007310  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 114 cm

Mijikirti by Donald Moko

Donald Moko  |  Mijikirti

Jap 007311  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 117 cm

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