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Spinifex Paintings

Spinifex 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.

Spinifex Aboriginal Art

The Pitjantjatjara Aboriginal people from the desert community of Tjuntjuntjara, 700 km north east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, are known as the Spinifex People. They were dispossessed from their homelands in the Great Victorian Desert in the 1950’s, when their country was taken over for the Maralinga Atomic testing that was carried out between 1952 and 1957 in a joint operation between the British and Australian governments.

During that time many Aboriginal people were moved to missions including Cundeelee and Warburton in Western Australia, which were hundreds of kilometres away from their traditional lands. About 200 Aboriginal people were recorded as still being on the Spinifex homelands in the period 1955 to 1963, and most of these were moved to mission settlements.

In the early 1980’s Cundeelee mission closed, and the Spinifex People were moved again before eventually settling at Tjuntjuntjara, a newly selected outstation camp in the south-western corner of the Spinifex homelands. In 1992 the High Court of Australia gave recognition to Native Title, a process which was to lead to the Aboriginal people of the Spinifex country being handed title to their homelands in November 2001.

The Spinifex Arts Project was initiated in 1996 as part of the process of documenting the connection between the Spinifex People and their land. The role of Aboriginal art grew rapidly as way for the community to portray people’s traditional ownership of country, and to receive financial benefit from that relationship.

Spinifex Artists – Exhibition
Tjuntjuntjara Punu Project – Exhibition

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Men by Spinifex Men

Spinifex Men  |  Men

Jap 007478  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 135 cm

Nyuntilka by Simon Hogan

Simon Hogan  |  Nyuntilka

Jap 007485  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 109 cm

Tjintirkara by Estelle Hogan

Estelle Hogan  |  Tjintirkara

Jap 007510  |  acrylic on linen  |  75 x 50 cm

Ngayuku Ngura by Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson  |  Ngayuku Ngura

Jap 007484  |  acrylic on canvas  |  139 x 73 cm

Koorkabi by Nulbingka Simms

Nulbingka Simms  |  Koorkabi

Jap 007496  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 133 cm

Unbun by Kathleen Donegan

Kathleen Donegan  |  Unbun

Jap 006566  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 119 cm

Tuwan by Ian Rictor

Ian Rictor  |  Tuwan

Jap 007483  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 110 cm

Mituna by Lawrence Pennington

Lawrence Pennington  |  Mituna

Jap 007480  |  acrylic on canvas  |  126 x 102 cm

Miramiratjara by Ian Rictor

Ian Rictor  |  Miramiratjara

Jap 006652  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 109 cm

Bundi by Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson  |  Bundi

Jap 006558  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 84 cm

Ilbili, Tipilngka, Baltjimata by Roy Underwood

Roy Underwood  |  Ilbili, Tipilngka, Baltjimata

Jap 007504  |  acrylic on canvas  |  156 x 133 cm

Ilkaritjara by Tjaduwa Woods

Tjaduwa Woods  |  Ilkaritjara

Jap 007486  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 134 cm

Pukara by Roy Underwood

Roy Underwood  |  Pukara

Jap 007482  |  acrylic on canvas  |  158 x 135 cm

Waltjipi by Tjaduwa Woods

Tjaduwa Woods  |  Waltjipi

Jap 006567  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 89 cm

Ngalkuritjara by Yarangka Elaine Thomas

Yarangka Elaine Thomas  |  Ngalkuritjara

Jap 006388  |  acrylic on linen  |  138 x 92 cm

Estelle Hogan by Baltatjara

Baltatjara  |  Estelle Hogan

Jap 007497  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 82 cm

Pirilyi by Fred Grant

Fred Grant  |  Pirilyi

Jap 007502  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 108 cm

Seven Sisters at Pitjitjara by Anne Hogan

Anne Hogan  |  Seven Sisters at Pitjitjara

Jap 007501  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 135 cm

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