Aboriginal art exhibitions are on display at Japingka Aboriginal Art Gallery, 47 High Street, Fremantle - Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm and Sat & Sun 12-5pm. There is no entrance fee to view the exhibitions.

All are welcome to join us for the free opening Friday night event at 6.30pm. There is a short talk about the exhibition and the artists may be present.

Online art exhibition links are accessible below for those not able to attend the gallery. Advance viewing and purchasing of exhibition works is available to subscribers of the Japingka Newsletter.

Anangu Artists – We Carry Story in our Hearts

Gallery 1

14 February – 25 March 2020

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Watercolour Landscapes – Central Australia

Gallery 2

14 February – 25 March 2020

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Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi & Kim West Napurrula

30 August - 04 October 2013

Warlpiri artist Dorothy Napangardi’s strong minimalist paintings of Mina Mina have become emblematic of this women’s ceremonial site in the Tanami Desert. The recent death of the artist has left a deeply felt loss to family, friends and admirers. Japingka Gallery is hosting a tribute exhibition of the artist’s works, including classic images from her Mina Mina series. Exhibiting alongside these works is Pintupi artist Kim West Napurrula, who uses vibrant colour and energetic constructs to create her paintings of traditional country with associated Women’s ceremonies and Dreamings.

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Hermannsburg Artists – 75th Anniversary

30 August - 2 October 2013

Hermannsburg Artists continue the watercolour tradition of Albert Namatjira, 75 years after the opening of Albert’s first successful exhibition. These Indigenous landscape paintings provided the first vision for a wider audience of the Aranda world and the dramatic locations around the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Namatjira taught his relatives and countrymen well, and a strong school of painting continues today. Presented in association with Ngurratjuta Iltja Ntjarra.

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Clifton Mark

Yinjaa-Barni Artists Paintings

19 July - 21 August 2013

The great Creation stories of the Marrga provide Yinjaa–Barni Artists with images of Country and the natural world regenerating and transforming. These artists are the traditional owners from the Fortescue River region, and their paintings tell of the remarkable country of the Pilbara in the north-west of Western Australia. The contrasts of the harsh environment – eroded rock surfaces, hidden water gorges, seeds and flowers after rain – are captured in these colour-rich paintings. This exhibition is presented in association with Yinjaa-Barni Art Centre, and sponsor Rio Tinto, and artists will attend the opening.

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Tjuntjuntjara Punu Project

19 July - 21 August 2013

This exhibition highlights wood (punu) sculptures created during the community project at Tjuntjuntjarra community on the Spinifex lands in the Great Victoria Desert. The theme of the show is the transition of artforms and punu making across the generations. Paintings featured also include work by the grandparents of the younger sculptors. The exhibition is presented in association with Tjuntjuntjara community, with generous support from WA Arts Regional Arts Fund and Anglo Gold Australia.

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Zenadh Kes – Art of the Torres Strait

31 May 2013 - 10 July 2013

Artists Dennis Nona and Alick Tipoti from the small island of Badu in the Torres Strait, have contributed to the revitalisation of visual arts from their island home. Applying the traditional crafts of carving into new material forms of printmaking and sculpture, the artists have achieved worldwide acclaim for renditions of traditional and contemporary narratives that are unique to Zenadh Kes, the Torres Strait. Alick Tipoti says of the significance of cultural awareness – “Singing and dancing are forms of art that branch out from the centrepiece called language.”

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Iwantja Artists

31 May 2013 - 10 July 2013

Iwantja artists from the eastern region of the APY Lands are re-making their land and their experiences in innovative ways through their art. The community has long been associated with their skills as printmakers, now their paintings on canvas are defining how they move forward as carriers of culture. The exhibition also hosts an iconic group of portraits by Vincent Namatjira, grandson of Albert Namatjira, which include images of Captain Cook and the artist’s grandfather Albert, along with other notable Australians. The exhibition is presented in association with Iwantja Arts and Crafts.

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George Ward Tjungurrayi

Landmarks and Law Grounds

April 12, 2013 - May 22, 2013

Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of Men’s paintings that focus on Landmarks of identity – places and sites that mark out identity in the homelands of the artists. The locations cover sites from the north-west Kimberley to the Western and Central Deserts and encompass works by more than 35 significant senior artists.

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Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert

April 12, 2013 - May 22, 2013

A first for Japingka Gallery in Fremantle, and five years in the planning, Landmarks and Law Grounds: Men of the Desert is an overarching survey of some of the most important male artists of the indigenous contemporary art movement in the past 30 years.

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Sarrita King

The King Sisters – Sarrita King & Tarisse King

15 February 2013 - 27 March 2013

A new series of works is on exhibition from the King sisters, Sarrita and Tarisse. Trained by their father, the late William King, these two young artists are defining their own identities. Apprenticed together and having worked on collaborations together in France and Australia, the artists are defining their own paths. While Sarrita moves towards a contemporary style with her culture as an accent to quite minimalist works, sister Tarisse chooses to keep firmly to the philosophies and culture taught by her father. The works represent a homage to the important first generation Aboriginal artists who have provided a strong path for following generations.

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Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa

15 February 2013 - 27 March 2013

Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa has created an innovative body of work using some of the techniques that followers of her art will recognise from her earlier Damper Seed series. Fabrianne combines the dynamic effects of improvised painting with a tightly worked dotting style that reflects Seed Dreaming stories that are tied to the land. Fabrianne Peterson’s paintings have appeared at Japingka Gallery over the past five years, in exhibitions including the Watiyawanu Artists (2009) and in group shows, Black and White exhibition (2011) and Little Gems (2012).

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Alma Nungurrayi Granites

Alma Nungarrayi Granites – Night Sky

16 November – 22 December, 2012

Alma Nungarrayi Granites depicts Warlpiri stories of the night sky from Jukurrpa related to Yanjirlpirri, the Star Dreaming. These Jukurrpa are part of the knowledge base of the Warlpiri people of the Tanami Desert. Alma Nungarrayi Granites is the daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Bessie Nakamarra Sims, two of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists. Alma has painted stories which have been passed down from her father, and her father’s father, for generations, all relating to the artist’s traditional country. This exhibition includes works by other artists from Yuendumu community and is presented in association with Warlukurlangu Artists.

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Desert Gold

16 November 2012 - 22 December 2012

Desert Gold is an exhibition of small works from leading Central Desert artists who capture on canvas the burnished colours of the desert heartlands. Some have gone a step further and added metallic lustre to their paintings. This shimmering group of works is presented by artists including Gloria Petyarre, Abie Loy Kemarre, Dorothy Napangardi, Yinarupa Gibson Nangala, Thomas Tjapaltjarri and Anna Petyarre.

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Jorna Newberry - Wind Dreaming - Mother's Country Jap 008428

Jorna Newberry & Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

21 September 2012 - 31 October 2012

Pitjantjatjara artist Jorna Newberry is the niece of famous Western desert painter Tommy Watson, and she began her own painting career in the mid 1990s. Jorna has followed her uncle’s instructions to favour abstraction as a stylistic mode to ensure secrecy of important cultural matters. Pintupi artist Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri was born near Mt Liebig and lived most of her life at Kintore. Maisie often paints the sites for major Western Desert womens ceremonies. Both artists feature the Tjukurrpa stories they have inherited through her family lineage.

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Ampilatwatja Artists 2012

21 September 2012 - 31 October 2012

Artists from Ampilatwatja community 320 km north east of Alice Springs have a distinctive approach to landscape, producing finely dotted images of Apmer, the traditional custodial lands of the artists. The country is vast, 17,000 km2 of land for which the custodians protect and nurture the land, recording the bush medicines and bushtucker found there, and mapping the country under their guardianship. Ampilatwatja is the cultural heartland of the Alywarr nation, and the paintings from twenty of the artists reflect their connection to and respect of their lands. Presented in association with the Artists of Ampilatwatja cultural group.

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The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer 2012

3 August - 12 September 2012

An exhibition of two of the great colourists of the Central Desert art movement, Kudditji Kngwarreye and the late Lorna Napurrula Fencer. These two distinctive Indigenous artists are known for their large dynamic paintings, made powerful and electric by the colour they meld into their work. Their creative output has helped expand the realm of traditional story-telling and painting as expressed by Central Desert artists.

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Recent Works

3 August - 12 September 2012

Recent Works from leading artists represented in the gallery, including Dorothy Napangardi, Yinarupa Gibson Nangala, Esther Giles Nampitjinpa, Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty, Abie Loy Kemarre and Maureen Hudson Nampitjinpa. The artists continue to produce outstanding work and this exhibition showcases recent paintings created with a finely tuned and subdued colour palette.

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Clifton Mark

The Pilbara – Yinjaa-Barni Artists

5 June - 18 July 2012

Yinjaa-Barni Artists are traditional owners from the Fortescue River region, and their paintings depict the remarkable country of the Pilbara in Western Australia’s north-west. The contrasts of the harsh environment with the hidden gorges of cool water, the seeds and flowers bursting out after rain, are moments that belong to the great Creation stories of the Marrga.

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Edward Blitner – Stories from my Grandfather

5 June - 18 July 2012

Edward Blitner started painting with his grandfather. He says of this time, “My grandfather would be painting on bark and we kids would sit around him and watch him grind the ochres and mix the colours. After a while he would tell us the story for that particular painting and also teach us the songs and dance for that story. Closes July 18, 2012

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Mabel King – Paintings from the Estate

4 May - 6 June 2012

Mabel King (1938- 2006) was one of the Ngarinyin elders whose life encompassed the great fifty year journey that saw the traditional people of the west Kimberley move as a group to ultimately settle at Mowanjum community. Her great knowledge of Ngarinyin stories and custom fed into her life as a painter, which she expressed in bold and naive works that tell the story of her culture. This exhibition represents the Estate paintings of the artist. The exhibition is presented in association with Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, and will be attended by fellow law custodian Pansy Nulgitt.

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Sandover River Stories

4 May - 6 June 2012

The Sandover River dissects the Utopia homelands and served as the main walking track for local Aboriginal people trekking to Alice Springs, before the Sandover Highway was constructed. This exhibition features major artworks from artists from the various outstations in this area including sisters Angelina and Kathleen Ngal, who are Aharlper artists; Father and Daughter Cowboy Loy and Genevieve Kemarr Loy and Elizabeth Kunoth Kngwarray from Iylenty; and Ruby Morton from Rocket Range, known by the local people as Rainbow Country.

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