Fitzroy Crossing 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.

 

Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003405  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

Wirli by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Wirli

Jap 006286  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 76 cm

Murtaranga by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Murtaranga

Jap 002956  |  acrylic on canvas  |  102 x 45 cm

Kurtal by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal

Jap 009885  |  acrylic & ochre on board  |  120 x 60 cm

Ngupawarlu – Living Water by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Living Water

Jap 003415  |  acrylic on canvas  |  146 x 98 cm

Warnti by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Warnti

Jap 018802  |  limited edition screenprint  |  31.5 x 42.5 cm

Springwater at Payarnjarra and Warnayirtu by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Springwater at Payarnjarra and Warnayirtu

Jap 005531  |  acrylic on canvas  |  140 x 50 cm

Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003331  |  acrylic on canvas  |  146 x 98 cm

Jila Waterholes by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jila Waterholes

Jap 004441  |  acrylic on paper  |  83 x 57 cm

Ngupawarlu – Living Water by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Living Water

Jap 003335  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

Japingka Dreamtime Story II by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Japingka Dreamtime Story II

Jap 018799  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33.5 x 43.5 cm

Payinjarra by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Payinjarra

Jap 006364  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 76 cm

Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III

Jap 008969  |  limited edition screenprint  |  75 x 54.5 cm

Kurtal Storm Clouds by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal Storm Clouds

Jap 000118  |  ochre on canvas  |  94 x 150 cm

Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003400  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 95 cm

Warnti by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Warnti

Jap 005602  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 95 cm

Partiri Jiljikurraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Partiri Jiljikurraji

Jap 018805  |  limited edition screenprint  |  42 x 60 cm

Woman Carrying her Two Boys by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Woman Carrying her Two Boys

Jap 018803  |  limited edition screenprint  |  45.5 x 34 cm

Payarr – Springwater by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Payarr – Springwater

Jap 005551  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 77 cm

Jarrngajartu Rockhole by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jarrngajartu Rockhole

Jap 018809  |  limited edition screenprint  |  52 x 50 cm

Kalpurtu Water Spirit by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu Water Spirit

Jap 010346  |  limited edition screenprint  |  76 x 56 cm

Jumu Yirrjirn by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jumu Yirrjirn

Jap 010345  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003402  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 93 cm

Kirrkirr  –  Chicken Hawk by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kirrkirr – Chicken Hawk

Jap 018800  |  limited edition screenprint  |  31 x 40 cm

Body Painting – Purnarra by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Body Painting – Purnarra

Jap 010342  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  56 x 38 cm

Ngurra Wanjulajarra by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Ngurra Wanjulajarra

Jap 018797  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33 x 45.5 cm

Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III

Jap 018810  |  limited edition screenprint  |  42 x 60 cm

Matamarta by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Matamarta

Jap 010515  |  acrylic on canvas  |  147 x 140 cm

Afternoon Light by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Afternoon Light

Jap 018811  |  limited edition screenprint  |  42 x 60 cm

Larripuka Main Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka Main Country

Jap 018807  |  limited edition screenprint  |  51 x 60 cm

Wuntarra Karraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Wuntarra Karraji

Jap 008212  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  50 x 33 cm

Kalpurtu – Watersnakes I by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu – Watersnakes I

Jap 018808  |  limited edition screenprint  |  46 x 62 cm

Kalpurtu by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu

Jap 018804  |  limited edition screenprint  |  99 x 70 cm

Body Painting – Purnara by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Body Painting – Purnara

Jap 018791  |  Limited edition screenprint  |  38 x 56 cm

Man in the Desert by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Man in the Desert

Jap 008214  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  45 x 35 cm

Rain Snake by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Rain Snake

Jap 008222  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  62 x 44 cm

Larripuka I by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka I

Jap 018788  |  limited edition screenprint  |  40 x 50 cm

Jilji Kulku Nganpayi by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jilji Kulku Nganpayi

Jap 018806  |  limited edition screenprint  |  38 x 51 cm

Payarr Rockhole by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Payarr Rockhole

Jap 018812  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33 x 43 cm

Fitzroy Crossing is the regional hub for the south east Kimberley, and a major centre for Aboriginal culture in the area. The town is located on the Fitzroy River surrounded by vast flood plains that provide pastoral land for the extensive beef cattle stations of the Fitzroy Valley. The town is on a rise 114 metres above sea level, but the flooding of the river can be enormous when cyclonic rains hit the Kimberley and the mostly dry rivers channel huge quantities of water towards the coast.

The town of Fitzroy Crossing was transformed during the late 1960s and 1970s when large populations of Aboriginal people moved from the region’s cattle stations to live on the fringes of the small outpost settlement. Desert Aboriginal people had been moving onto the cattle stations of the Fitzroy Valley for 30 years, often walking along the Canning Stock Route, then along the trail of river beds to join other countrymen who worked on the stations.

Local traditional owners of the region, the Bunuba and the Gooniyandi people, had accommodated the influx of other language groups from the desert regions, including Walmajarri and Wangkajungka people, and Nyigina people from the west. Ceremonial traditions were maintained by the various groups who also shared some significant ceremonial grounds when large groups came together.

During the 1980s the upsurge of Aboriginal art in the Central Desert was reflected in a growing arts interest in the Kimberley regions.  Art projects were established to facilitate educational and cultural growth, and were run by Karriyili and later Mangkaja arts centre. A strong visual culture steadily developed in Fitzroy Crossing, drawing on the many different influences of language groups drawn together in one place. Major artists emerged including Jarinyanu David Downs, Jimmy Pike, Butcher Cherel, Peter Skipper, Stumpy Brown and Paji Honeychild. Fitzroy Crossing has remained a centre for artistic development and a hub for the many Aboriginal communities in the area.

Yiwarra Kuju at The National Museum Australia

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Jimmy Pike
David Downs
Pike Family Exhibition