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.
Mowanjum community is located near to the town of Derby, on the southern end of the Gibb River Road in west Kimberley. Mowanjum is home to the Aboriginal people of Worrorra, Ngarinyin, and Wunumbul language groups, who came together early this century at the Kunmunya Presbyterian Mission and the government settlement at Munja. Since 1950, the people have endured many forced moves, first to Wotjulum, then to the old Mowanjum site and finally to the present day Mowanjum located near Derby.
The Worrorra, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul people are the three Wandjina tribes, who view the Wandjinas as the true creators of the land. The Creation and Rain spirit of the Wandjina is represented widely in the Aboriginal rock art sites of the coastal west Kimberley, one of the world’s great ancient art sites.
Traditionally the ochre painted Wandjina sites were repainted each decade, but now only a few sites are maintained in this way. However the tradition behind the ancient rock art continues with contemporary Aboriginal artists painting the symbols of Wandjina and Gyorn Gyorn (Bradshaw figures) on canvas, using ochre materials. With the heritage and generosity of Mowanjum artists, the world has the opportunity to learn more of the oldest and most powerful images in Aboriginal art.
Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links