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.


Tali and Jila by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists  |  Tali and Jila

Jap 004224  |  acrylic on canvas  |  216 x 174 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 006305  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

Markurti by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Markurti

Jap 002109  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 97 cm

Mangki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki

Jap 005598  |  acrylic on canvas  |  149 x 95 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

Warla Country Waterholes by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Warla Country Waterholes

Jap 006350  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 97 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

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