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Roper River Ngukurr Paintings

Roper River Ngukurr 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.

Roper River Aboriginal Art

Roper River is one of the largest rivers in the Northern Territory, extending east for over 500 km through south-east Arnhem Land to meet the sea in Limmen Bight on the Gulf of Carpentaria. The river is navigable for about 145 km until the tidal limit at Roper Bar, and forms the southern boundary of the region of Arnhem Land.

Ngukurr is an Aboriginal Community built on hilly ground alongside the Roper River, and is three hours by road from the nearest town of Katherine. During the Wet Season, from December to May, access is limited either by air or by boat. The community of about 800 people comes from nine different language groups, many of whom are displaced from their ancestral lands. The community grew out of the Roper River mission, established in 1908 by the Church Missionary Society as a refuge for dispossessed Aboriginal people. Ngukurr has been administered since 1968 by an Aboriginal council of elders and landowners.

The first paintings from Ngukurr date from 1987, and since then the community has emerged with its own vibrant and dynamic art style, reflective of the artists’ different histories and groundings in culture. Well known artists from the region include Gertie Huddleston, Angelina George, Amy Johnson, Ginger Riley, Willie Gudapi, Barney Ellaga and Djambu Barra Barra.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Djambu Barra Barra

Edward Blitner

Artists from Ngukurr

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Ceremony for Bones by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Ceremony for Bones

Jap 012877  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 118 cm

Station Life by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Station Life

Jap 012878  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 80 cm

Ngukurr in the 1970s by Wally Wilfred

Wally Wilfred  |  Ngukurr in the 1970s

Jap 012880  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 80 cm

Ngukurr Our Community by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Ngukurr Our Community

Jap 012881  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 89 cm

Barramundi & Kangaroo Spirit Ground by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Barramundi & Kangaroo Spirit Ground

Jap 009040  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Cave by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Cave

Jap 012882  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 89 cm

Water Spirits by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Water Spirits

Jap 009035  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

Warrall by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Warrall

Jap 012884  |  acrylic on canvas  |  121 x 114 cm

Mimi Spirit Guardian -Corroboree Time by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi Spirit Guardian -Corroboree Time

Jap 009044  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

Gagu Spirit Country by Alan Joshua jnr

Alan Joshua jnr  |  Gagu Spirit Country

Jap 012883  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 64 cm

Bush Banana by Gweneth Blitner

Gweneth Blitner  |  Bush Banana

Jap 012886  |  acrylic on canvas  |  59 x 59 cm

Landscape by Gweneth Blitner

Gweneth Blitner  |  Landscape

Jap 012887  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Turtle by Iris Wanambi

Iris Wanambi  |  Turtle

Jap 012888  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

Tools by Iris Wanambi

Iris Wanambi  |  Tools

Jap 012889  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Coast at Limmen Bight by Maureen Thompson

Maureen Thompson  |  Coast at Limmen Bight

Jap 010516  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Water Buffalo by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Water Buffalo

Jap 010519  |  acrylic on canvas  |  187 x 133 cm

Ngukurr Gardens by Gertie Huddleston

Gertie Huddleston  |  Ngukurr Gardens

Jap 003728  |  acrylic on linen  |  87 x 59 cm

Gardens at Ngukurr by Gertie Huddleston

Gertie Huddleston  |  Gardens at Ngukurr

Jap 003729  |  acrylic on linen  |  128 x 56 cm

My Country by Gertie Huddleston

Gertie Huddleston  |  My Country

Jap 009679  |  acrylic on canvas board  |  38 x 25 cm

Man Finished by Djambu Barra Barra

Djambu Barra Barra  |  Man Finished

Jap 009695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 40 cm

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