Kununurra 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.
Kununurra is a town in the far north of Western Australia, located at the eastern extremity of the Kimberley Region, approximately 37 kilometres from the border with the Northern Territory. Kununurra was established in 1961 to service the Ord River Irrigation scheme, and is the largest town in the East Kimberley. The population varies seasonally, from 7000 to 10,000 in the dry season. Kununurra is located on the Aboriginal ancestral lands of Miriwoong people, and it is likely that the name Kununurra derives from the Miriwoong name for the waters around the Ord River.
Lake Kununurra is the flooded section of the Ord River valley, which had been a ten kilometre long waterhole held back by the natural rock barrier. This became the site of the Ord River Diversion Dam, the large water resource that feeds the Ord River Irrigation Area, initially about 750 square kilometres of land. In 1968 the second stage of the scheme began, building of the Ord River Main Dam, which holds back the waters of Lake Argyle.
Kununurra is the main service centre for many Aboriginal communities and outstations in the East Kimberley, and is home to Waringarri Aboriginal Art centre and a number of private galleries and studios where local Aboriginal artists work. Most of the Aboriginal art from the region utilises natural ochre materials, and stylistically there is the strong influence of the east Kimberley, combined with Aboriginal rock art heritage from the west nearer Kalumburu.
Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links