Wangkatjungka 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.

 

Tali and Jila by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists  |  Tali and Jila

Jap 004224  |  acrylic on canvas  |  216 x 174 cm

Liturwarti by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Liturwarti

Jap 002693  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 84 cm

Water Comes to the Desert by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Water Comes to the Desert

Jap 006375  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 125 cm

Karru by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Karru

Jap 002708  |  acrylic on canvas  |  102 x 85 cm

Kurtal by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Kurtal

Jap 004968  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 115 cm

Nyirla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Rockhole

Jap 005750  |  ochre on canvas  |  106 x 96 cm

Nyirjil Nyirjil by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Nyirjil Nyirjil

Jap 004971  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 92 cm

Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 005598  |  acrylic on canvas  |  149 x 95 cm

Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006305  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

Canning Stock Route by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Canning Stock Route

Jap 001921  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 114 cm

Markurti by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Markurti

Jap 002109  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 97 cm

Warlpa by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Warlpa

Jap 005552  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 79 cm

All the Desert Country by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  All the Desert Country

Jap 006369  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 119 cm

Naminpa – Father’s Country by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Naminpa – Father’s Country

Jap 002116  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 95 cm

Nyarrgarl by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Nyarrgarl

Jap 001729  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 65 cm

Home Country – Great Sandy Desert by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Home Country – Great Sandy Desert

Jap 001901  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

Myilkarra by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Myilkarra

Jap 005586  |  acrylic on canvas  |  136 x 76 cm

Warrun by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Warrun

Jap 005570  |  acrylic on canvas  |  139 x 76 cm

Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001747  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004941  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 126 cm

Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 006315  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 97 cm

Warla Country and Desert Waterholes by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Warla Country and Desert Waterholes

Jap 006377  |  acrylic on canvas  |  242 x 174 cm

Tapu – Desert Country by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists  |  Tapu – Desert Country

Jap 001905  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 005672  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

Warla Country Waterholes by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Warla Country Waterholes

Jap 006350  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 97 cm

Nyirjil Nyirjil and Parnta by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Nyirjil Nyirjil and Parnta

Jap 006365  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 75 cm

Big Travelling Story at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Big Travelling Story at Nyirla

Jap 005752  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 125 cm

Wijinti and Purrpurn by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Wijinti and Purrpurn

Jap 006356  |  acrylic on canvas  |  133 x 77 cm

Wayarnpajarti and Warnti by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Wayarnpajarti and Warnti

Jap 005530  |  acrylic on canvas  |  141 x 58 cm

Wangkatjungka is a remote Aboriginal community situated 120 km south-east of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It is located on land excised from Christmas Creek Station, and is a settlement of predominantly Wangkatjungka speaking people.

Many of the older Aboriginal artists in the Community grew up in their ancestral lands in the Great Sandy Desert. Beginning in 1906 the Canning Stock Route was forged through the heart of their country, and this had a major impact on their lives. By the 1920s and 1930s many Aboriginal people had moved towards the cattle station country further north, and the last wave of migrations out of the desert happened by the early 1950’s. Many older people came as children with their families, and subsequently began work on the cattle stations in the area.

Christmas Creek Station was historically a gathering place for law ceremony and cultural meetings over the wet season. The community at Wangkatjungka was built there during the 1970s, and Aboriginal art began there in the early 1990s as a means of recording stories and culture. From this starting point a distinctive group of painters has emerged, with stylistic links to Fitzroy Crossing and Balgo, as well as to other Wangkatjungka-speaking Kimberley artists who worked in ochre pigment, including Rover Thomas and Billy Thomas.

Aboriginal art has become an important means for Wangkatjungka people to gain financial independence and to preserve and pass on their culture. They continue to paint the sites and waterholes they left behind in the Great Sandy Desert, sites for which they still maintain ritual obligations and custodianship.

Their individual paintings depict the intimate relationship that each artist has with the places that are part of their ancestral history and Dreaming, while the large collaborative canvases are like rich, mosaic maps that sing the inter-related sites of their desert homelands. Unlike Aboriginal artists from other desert communities who are mixed clans, the Wangkatjungka artists are mainly neighbours from the desert with common language and cultural traditions.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Collaborative Paintings
Biddee Baadjo
Jill Jack
Rosie Goodjie
George Tuckerbox
Nada Rawlins
Penny K Lyons
Stumpy Brown
Willie Kew