Docker River Aboriginal Art

A selection of paintings showing the styles of the Docker River (Kaltukatjara) region, 670km south west of Alice Springs. Some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.


Untitled – Ancestral Country by Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa  |  Untitled – Ancestral Country

Jap 011553  |  acrylic on linen  |  71 x 56 cm


Ngura Pulkanya by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Ngura Pulkanya

Jap 022218  |  acrylic on canvas  |  106 x 170 cm

Pending Payment

Everything Happens at Once by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Everything Happens at Once

Jap 010354  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  100 x 70 cm

People are camped at a Rockhole by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  People are camped at a Rockhole

Jap 022219  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 89 cm

Pending Payment

Water Hole by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Water Hole

Jap 012723  |  acrylic on canvas  |  148 x 124 cm


Man, Dog, Goanna & Little Quail by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Man, Dog, Goanna & Little Quail

Jap 010352  |  limited edition etching  |  50 x 39 cm


People are Camped at a Small Rockhole by Pantjiti Mary McLean

Pantjiti Mary McLean  |  People are Camped at a Small Rockhole

Jap 006396  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 122 cm


Hey, Come for Miya by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Hey, Come for Miya

Jap 011215  |  acrylic on canvas  |  45 x 45 cm


Docker River community, also called Kaltukatjara, is situated in the Petermann Ranges in the far south-western corner of the Northern Territory, about 7 km east of the Western Australian border. The main Aboriginal languages spoken are Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjara, and the community has a population of about 350. It is a remote location, 670 km southwest of Alice Springs, accessed by road through Uluru, while Kintore is 180 kms to the north.

The current community at Docker River was set up in 1968 to relieve pressure on Warburton community to the west, where social disruption had been a problem. It also allowed Aboriginal people of the area to live closer to their ancestral lands. The site had originally been named Docker River by Ernest Giles during his expedition of 1872.

During the 1930s the area had been surveyed by Lutheran pastors with the view to setting up a mission settlement. That project did not go ahead and during this time missionaries encouraged local Anangu people to move north-east to Areyonga which was an outstation of Hermannsburg Mission. These were years of severe drought in the desert, and hundreds of people moved to Areyonga where food rations and clothing were available.

By the 1960s Anangu people at Areyonga wanted to return to their lands in the Docker River area, and the government funded the building of permanent buildings in 1968. More than 300 people from Areyonga, along with others from Warburton, moved to the newly built community. In 1976 the Anangu people of the area were granted freehold title to their traditional lands, an area of nearly 45,000 square kilometres. Docker River/ Kaltukatjara is home to the Aboriginal art centre Maruku Arts and Crafts, which provides marketing services to Aboriginal communities over a wide area.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Mary McLean Paintings
Tjawina Perter Nampitjinpa
Anatjari Tjakamarra Auction Results (Sothebys)
Katarra Butler