Warmun 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.

 

Untitled by Troy Drill

Troy Drill  |  Untitled

Jap 022723  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  150 x 150 cm

Gemerre by Phyllis Thomas Booljoonngali

Phyllis Thomas Booljoonngali  |  Gemerre

Jap 022716  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

Bower Bird Dreaming by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Bower Bird Dreaming

Jap 015868  |  ochre on canvas  |  76 x 51 cm

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The Eaglehawk and the Crow by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  The Eaglehawk and the Crow

Jap 020824  |  ochre pigments on linen  |  90 x 61 cm

Gyinnyan by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie   |  Gyinnyan

Jap 017348  |  natural ochre & pigments on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

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Kalanganaring – Ord River Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Kalanganaring – Ord River Country

Jap 020692  |  ochre on board  |  80 x 70 cm

Gwali-wali Country – Ord River by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Gwali-wali Country – Ord River

Jap 019369  |  ochre on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

Untitled by Troy Drill

Troy Drill  |  Untitled

Jap 022721  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Cyclone Tracy – Lightning Bolt by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Cyclone Tracy – Lightning Bolt

Jap 022209  |  ochre on linen  |  195 x 113 cm

Kulkunji – Chicken Hawk Dreaming by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Kulkunji – Chicken Hawk Dreaming

Jap 020694  |  ochre on board  |  75 x 38 cm

Riya by Phyllis Thomas Booljoonngali

Phyllis Thomas Booljoonngali  |  Riya

Jap 022717  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

Palm Vallery, Bungle Bungles by Sade Carrington

Sade Carrington  |  Palm Vallery, Bungle Bungles

Jap 020854  |  ochre on linen   |  90 x 60 cm

Bedford Station by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Bedford Station

Jap 018050  |  ochre pigments on board  |  180 x 92 cm

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Purnululu by Roberta Daylight

Roberta Daylight  |  Purnululu

Jap 022725  |  ochre and acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 45 cm

Old Texas Way by Churchill Cann

Churchill Cann  |  Old Texas Way

Jap 018516  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Bottle Trees by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Bottle Trees

Jap 020905  |  ochre pigments on linen  |  81 x 51 cm

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Biganinny Gorge – Bungle Bungles by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Biganinny Gorge – Bungle Bungles

Jap 022597  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

Myanji by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Myanji

Jap 019539  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 90 cm

Elephant Hill – Kilpuny by Shirley Bray

Shirley Bray  |  Elephant Hill – Kilpuny

Jap 022720  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

Boolargyee – Purnululu by Dwayne Jessell

Dwayne Jessell  |  Boolargyee – Purnululu

Jap 022729  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

Kunawarritji by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Kunawarritji

Jap 006145  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  65 x 51 cm

Texas Rockhole by Charlene Carrington

Charlene Carrington  |  Texas Rockhole

Jap 011929  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 70 cm

Bedford Station by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Bedford Station

Jap 017276  |  ochre pigments on board  |  120 x 90 cm

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Untitled by Troy Drill

Troy Drill  |  Untitled

Jap 022713  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  90 x 45 cm

Bream Gorge – Bungle Bungles by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Bream Gorge – Bungle Bungles

Jap 013707  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  76 x 56 cm

Milliwiny Springs – Alice Downs by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Milliwiny Springs – Alice Downs

Jap 018270  |  ochre on canvas  |  110 x 60 cm

Lightning over Dabaruny Springs by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Lightning over Dabaruny Springs

Jap 019538  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 120 cm

Rocky River Country – Darrajayin by Rusty Peters

Rusty Peters  |  Rocky River Country – Darrajayin

Jap 017325  |  natural ochre & pigments on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Wawalji by Hector Jandany

Hector Jandany  |  Wawalji

Jap 020693  |  ochre on board  |  80 x 60 cm

Dalyuyn Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Dalyuyn Country

Jap 013598  |  ochre on canvas  |  91 x 60.5 cm

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Killiwuninj by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Killiwuninj

Jap 020696  |  ochre on board  |  100 x 60 cm

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Munjalawari by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalawari

Jap 013702  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  76 x 56 cm

Purnululu – Bungle Bungles by Marietta Bray

Marietta Bray  |  Purnululu – Bungle Bungles

Jap 022724  |  natural ochre and pigments on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

Bloodwood Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Bloodwood Country

Jap 020698  |  ochre on board  |  80 x 60 cm

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Jeraguny – Norton Bore by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Jeraguny – Norton Bore

Jap 022595  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

All Around the Duncan by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  All Around the Duncan

Jap 005662  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 120 cm

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Boolanji – Fish Hole by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Boolanji – Fish Hole

Jap 006148  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  105 x 65 cm

Meeruny – Red Ochre Country by Henry Wambini

Henry Wambini  |  Meeruny – Red Ochre Country

Jap 020856  |  ochre on linen   |  100 x 95 cm

Ord Junction by Henry Wambini

Henry Wambini  |  Ord Junction

Jap 015822  |  ochre on linen  |  95 x 95 cm

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Jimbowlbine Hill by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Jimbowlbine Hill

Jap 019540  |  ochre on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Gnarrwalabine – Shining Rock by Shirlie Purdie

Shirlie Purdie  |  Gnarrwalabine – Shining Rock

Jap 018519  |  ochre on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

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Spearhead Dreaming – Jimbirla by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Spearhead Dreaming – Jimbirla

Jap 011299  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

Dog Rock – Old Spring Creek Station by Beerbee Mungnari

Beerbee Mungnari  |  Dog Rock – Old Spring Creek Station

Jap 020857  |  ochre on linen   |  240 x 121 cm triptych

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Tunnel Creek Country by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  Tunnel Creek Country

Jap 005261  |  ochre on canvas  |  200 x 120 cm

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Violet Valley by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Violet Valley

Jap 018433  |  ochre on canvas  |  140 x 100 cm

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Bunagany and Kinyany by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bunagany and Kinyany

Jap 013418  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Inverway by Ned Johns

Ned Johns  |  Inverway

Jap 000816  |  ochre on linen  |  118 x 88 cm

Narranguny Hills by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Narranguny Hills

Jap 012540  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Untitled by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Untitled

Jap 010496  |  ochre on linen  |  135 x 122 cm

Mulugurr Hills – Kildurk Station by Beerbee Mungnari

Beerbee Mungnari  |  Mulugurr Hills – Kildurk Station

Jap 018268  |  ochre on linen  |  180 x 90 cm

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Gawinji Rockhole – Texas Downs by Charlene Carrington

Charlene Carrington  |  Gawinji Rockhole – Texas Downs

Jap 018272  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

Bulanji – McKenzie Springs by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bulanji – McKenzie Springs

Jap 018273  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 80 cm

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Cangin and Wartal – Moon and Stars by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Cangin and Wartal – Moon and Stars

Jap 006133  |  ochre on linen  |  100 x 61 cm

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Warmun community at Turkey Creek in the East Kimberley is in the far north west of Western Australia. It 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