Wangkatjungka 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.

 

Lirrlirtiwartu and Payimjarra by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Lirrlirtiwartu and Payimjarra

Jap 006366  |  acrylic on canvas  |  131 x 80 cm

Wirli by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Wirli

Jap 006286  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 76 cm

Saltwater and Turkey Track by Nora Tjookootja

Nora Tjookootja  |  Saltwater and Turkey Track

Jap 002899  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 67 cm

Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006305  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

Parpurta- Springwater by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Parpurta- Springwater

Jap 006363  |  acrylic on canvas  |  131 x 76 cm

Hunting for Sandfrogs by Mildred Benny

Mildred Benny  |  Hunting for Sandfrogs

Jap 002614  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 84 cm

Warla – Lake by Nora Tjookootja

Nora Tjookootja  |  Warla – Lake

Jap 002900  |  acrylic on canvas  |  73 x 54 cm

Bush Tucker – Yurlarn Bush Banana by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Bush Tucker – Yurlarn Bush Banana

Jap 002701  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 86 cm

Piparr Rockhole – My Country by Nora Tjookootja

Nora Tjookootja  |  Piparr Rockhole – My Country

Jap 002890  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 77 cm

Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 005598  |  acrylic on canvas  |  149 x 95 cm

Nyirla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Rockhole

Jap 005750  |  ochre on canvas  |  106 x 96 cm

Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006302  |  ochre on canvas  |  115 x 96 cm

Our Country by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Our Country

Jap 001893  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

Lirtawarti by Nora Tjookootja

Nora Tjookootja  |  Lirtawarti

Jap 002846  |  acrylic on canvas  |  64 x 63 cm

Rockholes at Piparr by Mildred Benny

Mildred Benny  |  Rockholes at Piparr

Jap 002617  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 83 cm

Billabong by Maryanne Downs

Maryanne Downs  |  Billabong

Jap 002577  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 56 cm

Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004933  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 124 cm

Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001747  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

Warnti by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Warnti

Jap 005602  |  acrylic on canvas  |  116 x 95 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

Tjuljul by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Tjuljul

Jap 002633  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 97 cm

Kupangkurlu by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kupangkurlu

Jap 002723  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 86 cm

Kurtararra, Yimiri, Wirnpa by Tony Rogers

Tony Rogers  |  Kurtararra, Yimiri, Wirnpa

Jap 006381  |  acrylic on canvas  |  141 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

Women Digging for Karnti by Mildred Benny

Mildred Benny  |  Women Digging for Karnti

Jap 002619  |  acrylic on canvas  |  111 x 83 cm

Kirriwirri and Kurlyayi – Waterholes by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Kirriwirri and Kurlyayi – Waterholes

Jap 004227  |  acrylic on canvas  |  216 x 174 cm

Luurn (Kingfisher) – My Story by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn (Kingfisher) – My Story

Jap 003465  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 84 cm

Three Rockholes –  Dreaming Story by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Three Rockholes – Dreaming Story

Jap 001913  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 116 cm

Lukakurlu by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Lukakurlu

Jap 005704  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 80 cm

Payarr – Springwater by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Payarr – Springwater

Jap 005551  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 77 cm

Wirnpa by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Wirnpa

Jap 006341  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

Yimiri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Yimiri

Jap 006343  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 98 cm

Japingka and Warnti by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Japingka and Warnti

Jap 006362  |  acrylic on canvas  |  131 x 76 cm

Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kirriwirri

Jap 006346  |  acrylic on canvas  |  130 x 77 cm

Five Waterholes near Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Five Waterholes near Kirriwirri

Jap 002652  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 80 cm

Sandhill Country near Nyirla by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Sandhill Country near Nyirla

Jap 004210  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 156 cm

Kurnajarti by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Kurnajarti

Jap 005549  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 85 cm

Kupankurlu by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kupankurlu

Jap 002721  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 65 cm

Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kirriwirri

Jap 006349  |  acrylic on canvas  |  131 x 75 cm

Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006304  |  ochre 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

Five Waterholes from Kirriwirri to Kupangkurlu by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Five Waterholes from Kirriwirri to Kupangkurlu

Jap 002676  |  acrylic on canvas  |  143 x 103 cm

Kamarral by Maryanne Downs

Maryanne Downs  |  Kamarral

Jap 002578  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 84 cm

Wirjinti by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Wirjinti

Jap 003309  |  acrylic on canvas  |  147 x 48 cm

Kirriwirri and Yurnpurr by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kirriwirri and Yurnpurr

Jap 002718  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 113 cm

Desert Waterholes by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Desert Waterholes

Jap 001907  |  acrylic on canvas  |   172 x 150 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

Wirnti by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Wirnti

Jap 005572  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 80 cm

Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri

Jap 002705  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145x104 cm

Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006306  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

Warnayirti Waterhole by Elsie Thomas

Elsie Thomas  |  Warnayirti Waterhole

Jap 002068  |  acrylic on canvas  |  80 x 63 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