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Fitzroy Crossing Paintings

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.

Fitzroy Crossing Aboriginal Art

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

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Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003405  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

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Larripuka I by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka I

Jap 008218  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  50 x 40 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003337  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

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Kurriny Piyirnkujarrra by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurriny Piyirnkujarrra

Jap 008207  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 48 cm

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Parnaparnti and Kurntumaru by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Parnaparnti and Kurntumaru

Jap 000302  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 104 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003394  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 100 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003331  |  acrylic on canvas  |  146 x 98 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Living Water by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Living Water

Jap 003335  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

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Two Men Sleeping by Two Fires by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Two Men Sleeping by Two Fires

Jap 008219  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  37 x 31 cm

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Road Train by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Road Train

Jap 008217  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  31.5 x 26 cm

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Jilji and Kurrkuminti by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jilji and Kurrkuminti

Jap 009473  |  acrylic on board  |  45.5 x 35.5 cm

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Jilji Sandhills by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jilji Sandhills

Jap 009474  |  acrylic on board  |  89 x 59 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Living Water by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Living Water

Jap 003415  |  acrylic on canvas  |  146 x 98 cm

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Kurtal by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal

Jap 010521  |  ochre on linen  |  182 x 123 cm

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Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003400  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 95 cm

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Billabong by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Billabong

Jap 010350  |  limited edition lithograph  |  46 x 37 cm

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Kurtal by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal

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

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003402  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 93 cm

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Larripuka Sandhills by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka Sandhills

Jap 010347  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  63 x 48 cm

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Kalpurtu Water Spirit by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu Water Spirit

Jap 010346  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  76 x 56 cm

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Jumu Yirrjirn by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jumu Yirrjirn

Jap 010345  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

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Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurntumaru and Parnaparnti III

Jap 008969  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  75 x 54.5 cm

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Matamarta by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Matamarta

Jap 010515  |  acrylic on canvas  |  147 x 140 cm

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Japingka  Waterhole  – Dreamtime Story 1 by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Japingka Waterhole – Dreamtime Story 1

Jap 008211  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  43 x 34 cm

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Two Karnanganyja by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Two Karnanganyja

Jap 010341  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  50 x 33 cm

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Larripuka Waru Waru by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka Waru Waru

Jap 010348  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  36 x 25 cm

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Partiri Jiljikurraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Partiri Jiljikurraji

Jap 010356  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

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Larripuka Main Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka Main Country

Jap 008215  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 51 cm

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Jila Japingka by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jila Japingka

Jap 010351  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  70 x 49 cm

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Man in the Desert by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Man in the Desert

Jap 008214  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  45 x 35 cm

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Kurtal Storm Clouds by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal Storm Clouds

Jap 000118  |  ochre on canvas  |  94 x 150 cm

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