Warmun 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.


Gladys Spring near Bedford Downs by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Gladys Spring near Bedford Downs

Jap 016541  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  106 x 60 cm

Hills on Texas Downs Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Hills on Texas Downs Country

Jap 016335  |  ochre on canvas  |  80 x 100 cm

Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs by Madigan Thomas

Madigan Thomas  |  Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs

Jap 000674  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Purnululu by Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin  |  Purnululu

Jap 000747  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 76 cm

Joomaling – Bottle Tree by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Joomaling – Bottle Tree

Jap 006142  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  55 x 38 cm

Body Paint – Barramundi Dreaming by Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas  |  Body Paint – Barramundi Dreaming

Jap 003649  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Inverway by Ned Johns

Ned Johns  |  Inverway

Jap 000816  |  ochre on linen  |  118 x 88 cm

Texas Junction by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Texas Junction

Jap 006160  |  limited edition Silkscreen  |  71 x 61 cm

Narranguny Hills by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Narranguny Hills

Jap 012540  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Spearhead Dreaming – Jimbirla by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Spearhead Dreaming – Jimbirla

Jap 011299  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

Dalyuyn Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Dalyuyn Country

Jap 013598  |  ochre on canvas  |  91 x 60.5 cm

Moses Springs – Texas Downs by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Moses Springs – Texas Downs

Jap 013594  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 120 cm

Untitled by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Untitled

Jap 010496  |  ochre on linen  |  135 x 122 cm

Purnululu – Top Way by Nora Nagarra

Nora Nagarra  |  Purnululu – Top Way

Jap 003955  |  ochre an canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

Bunagany and Kinyany by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bunagany and Kinyany

Jap 013418  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country

Jap 013704  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 57 cm

Wardang Hill by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Wardang Hill

Jap 011930  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

Margoombaray – Robins Soak by Gordon Barney

Gordon Barney  |  Margoombaray – Robins Soak

Jap 013703  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 55 cm

Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges

Jap 013597  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 90 cm

Texas Rockhole by Charlene Carrington

Charlene Carrington  |  Texas Rockhole

Jap 011929  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 70 cm

Jimirowen – Kimberley Star, Gold Country by Shirley Bray

Shirley Bray  |  Jimirowen – Kimberley Star, Gold Country

Jap 000940  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Road To Inverway by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  Road To Inverway

Jap 000316  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 120 cm

Mistake Creek by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Mistake Creek

Jap 012213  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

Warmun community at Turkey Creek in the East Kimberley in the far north west of Western Australia, is situated on the site of the old telegraph station and was once a stopover for camel trains moving through the North West carrying provisions to stations and communities. Many Aboriginal people moved to Turkey Creek as the settlement is located on the edge of a number of cattle stations where many of the men and women had worked for most of their lives.

It was at Warmun in 1975 that Rover Thomas and Paddy Jaminji began the artistic collaboration that was to become the model for contemporary Aboriginal art in the east Kimberley. A ceremony was revealed to Rover Thomas through a series of dreams or visions of a spirit’s journey after death. This Dreaming forms the basis of the Kuril Kuril ceremony. The paintings illustrating the Kuril Kuril journey gave form to the modern Indigelnous art style at Turkey Creek – the style is simple and uncluttered, painted with natural ochre, with shapes being defined by rows of white dots.

Warmun is Gija (Kitja) country, and Gija Aboriginal artists have followed the example of Rover Thomas and Paddy Jaminji in depicting topographical maps in broad ochre areas mixed with various forms of fixative, including locally gathered gum from eucalyptus trees called bloodwoods. The work of the Warmun artists draws on the Ngarrangkarni or Creation period, a concept referred to in many areas of Australia as the Dreaming. Aboriginal art from the Warmun region glows in the natural ochre hues, and serves to confirm the vibrancy of this ancient and evolving culture.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Rover Thomas Paintings
Freddie Timms Paintings
Jack Britten
Jock Mosquito Paintings
Queenie McKenzie Paintings
Marcia Purdie Paintings
Kimberley Ochre Artists – Exhibition=