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.
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