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Wangkatjungka Paintings

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.

Wangkatjungka Aboriginal Art

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

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Nyarrgarl by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Nyarrgarl

Jap 001729  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 65 cm

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Parntulja by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Parntulja

Jap 001731  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 63 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 005574  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 81 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 005606  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 116 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 005672  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 006310  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 97 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 006315  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 97 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 006318  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 97 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 006368  |  acrylic on canvas  |  164 x 124 cm

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Waterholes and Sandhill Country by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Waterholes and Sandhill Country

Jap 001895  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Sandhill Country and Waterholes by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Sandhill Country and Waterholes

Jap 001902  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Tali and Jila by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists  |  Tali and Jila

Jap 004224  |  acrylic on canvas  |  216 x 174 cm

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Warla Country and Desert Waterholes by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Warla Country and Desert Waterholes

Jap 006377  |  acrylic on canvas  |  242 x 174 cm

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Kurunjungku by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kurunjungku

Jap 006353  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 81 cm

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Old Country Waiting by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Old Country Waiting

Jap 005753  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 136 cm

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Nyirla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Rockhole

Jap 005750  |  ochre on canvas  |  106 x 96 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006305  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Desert Waterholes Near Kurtal by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Desert Waterholes Near Kurtal

Jap 004989  |  acrylic on canvas  |  202 x 155 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004941  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 126 cm

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Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001747  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 cm

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Country With Water and Country Still Waiting by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Country With Water and Country Still Waiting

Jap 004988  |  acrylic on canvas  |  214 x 173 cm

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Canning Stock Route by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Canning Stock Route

Jap 001921  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 114 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 004948  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 95 cm

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Desert Homelands – Waterholes and Country by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Desert Homelands – Waterholes and Country

Jap 006374  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 124 cm

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Kurlyayi and Lurpungu by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Kurlyayi and Lurpungu

Jap 001890  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Home Country – Great Sandy Desert by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Home Country – Great Sandy Desert

Jap 001901  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 004207  |  acrylic on canvas  |  154 x 52 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 004206  |  acrylic on canvas  |  154 x 50 cm

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