Yinjaa-Barni 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.


Colours through the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours through the Rocks

Jap 013613  |  acrylic on canvas  |  140 x 136 cm


After the Rain by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  After the Rain

Jap 013616  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 88 cm


Purple Mulla Mulla by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Purple Mulla Mulla

Jap 013785  |  acrylic on canvas   |  81 x 62 cm


Murrawa – Snakewood Tree by Barngi Pansy Sambo

Barngi Pansy Sambo  |  Murrawa – Snakewood Tree

Jap 013609  |  acrylic on linen  |  113 x 80 cm


My Country in Spring by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  My Country in Spring

Jap 013620  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 80 cm


Hidden Creeks by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Hidden Creeks

Jap 013612  |  acrylic on canvas  |  138 x 86 cm


Wildflowers of the Pilbara by Allery Sandy

Allery Sandy  |  Wildflowers of the Pilbara

Jap 013617  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 92 cm


Colours Through Rocks by Aileen Sandy

Aileen Sandy  |  Colours Through Rocks

Jap 011291  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 59 cm


Burst of Spring by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Burst of Spring

Jap 013618  |  acrylic on canvas  |  58 x 46 cm


Colours Through the Rocks by Clifton Mack

Clifton Mack  |  Colours Through the Rocks

Jap 011295  |  acrylic on canvas  |  54 x 46 cm


Picket Fences by Maudie Jerrold

Maudie Jerrold  |  Picket Fences

Jap 011276  |  acrylic on canvas  |  73 x 122 cm


Yinjaa-Barni emerged as a significant Pilbara Aboriginal art centre based in Roebourne in the north-west of Western Australia. Its role was to promote the work of the first Indigenous artists who began working locally in 2001. The art centre is now located in Dalgety House, a heritage listed cottage on the main street of town, but prior to 2007 it operated from a shed at the back of the Aboriginal Church, where many of the artists are members. In the Yindjibarndi language yinjaa-barni means staying together.

Over the last few years the Aboriginal artists at Yinjaa-Barni have enjoyed growing success. Many have won major awards in large regional exhibitions, principally the Cossack Art Award, the largest regional art award in Australia, and some have been chosen to exhibit in the prestigious National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award in Darwin. In 2011 a painting by Marlene Harold was chosen to be presented to the Queen during her visit to Australia.

One of the qualities that characterises Aboriginal art from Yinjaa-Barni painters is the strong individuality of each artist’s style. While all the artists represent their country and the sites and elements that have such personal meaning to them, they relate their stories on their canvases in strikingly distinctive ways. And this is a rare thing for painters who work side-by-side and are often closely related. Yinjaa-Barni Art, whose members are nearly all Yindjibarndi people originally from the Millstream Tablelands, is proud of its independent status and growing success.

Further information is available on exhibiting artists on the following links

Clifton Mack
Marlene Harold
Yinjaa-Barni Artists Exhibition – 2013
Marrga – Creating The Pilbara: Yinjaa-Barni Artists – Exhibition