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.

Cup of Joy

Gallery 1

3 April – 12 May 2020

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Paintings from the Numina Sisters

Gallery 2

3 April – 12 May 2020

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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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Little Gems

20 March - 24 April 2012

Featuring small scale works by a range of Indigenous artists from the Ngurratjuta and Warlukurlangu Art Centres, and others including a suite of religious works by Wayne Hills and Yirrkala bird carvings from Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre. Artists presented include Shorty Jangala Robertson, Janie Ward Nakamarra, Abie Loy Kemarre, Yinarupa Gibson Nangala and Emma Daniel. Hundreds of works under $500 by leading and emerging artists.

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Heirs and Successors

February 10, 2012

Heirs and Successors follows the lineage through the next generations of artists who are carrying on the work of the significant painters from the canon of the Central Desert Indigenous art movement. The exhibition includes successors of Walangkura Napanangka, Ningura Napurrula, George Ward Tjungurrayi, Jimmy Baker, Minnie Pwerle and Ngoia Pollard. This is an opportunity to assess the work that follows in the footsteps of some of the great artists of Central Australia. Closes March 14, 2012

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Namatjira Legacy

February 10, 2012

The Western Aranda tradition of watercolour painting that famously began in 1934 with the meeting of Albert Namatjira and Rex Battarbee has left a rich legacy for future generations. The 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 74 years after the first successful exhibition of Albert’s paintings.

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Sarrita King

Sarrita King: Language of the Earth

November 25, 2011 - December 22, 2011

The first Western Australia solo exhibition by Sarrita King, one of the significant group of young emerging artists who are presenting works that are Indigenous in content, innovative in technique and approach, and engaging in their scope and outlook. Sarrita structures her exhibition with four different series of works, titled Language of the Earth, Ancestors, Lightning, and Water. The artist will give a floor talk at 3pm on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th.

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Kimberley Artists

November 25, 2011 - December 22, 2011

This exhibition features works by four Kimberley elders – Rosie Uhl, Nada May, Rita Thomas and Elsie Thomas. The artists’ ages range from their fifties to their seventies, but the journey they make into the world of painting brings a vigour and freshness to these images of Country.

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Spinifex Artists Exhibition 2011

October 23, 2011 - November 16, 2011

Spinifex Artists present their most recent paintings, in a process that continues the journey of countrymen revisiting and reconnecting with traditional Pitjantjatjara lands. The paintings detail the pathways and the actions of Ancestors who created, travelled across and are contained within Spinifex lands. By documenting these sites, the relationships and stories provide the artists with a method of recording and passing on elements of culture that are crucial to sustaining the long-term future and health of the Spinifex People. This exhibition is presented in association with Spinifex Arts Project.

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Wandjinas & Crocodile

Mowanjum Artists – Paintings and Prints

October 23, 2011 - November 16, 2011

Mowanjum Artists comprise the Worrorra, Wunumbul and Ngarinyin people of the north-west Kimberley, who are traditional owners and custodians of the Wandjina sites from this region. The paintings and prints in this exhibition represent the continuing tradition of cultural practice that links the people and the land through the Creation stories, expressed through the great painted rock art sites of the Kimberley. This exhibition is presented in association with Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre.

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In Black and White

August 26, 2011 - October 12, 2011

In Black and White is Japingka Gallery’s review exhibition of indigenous artists whose paintings are created predominantly in black and white. A wide ranging group of desert artists are participating, from iconic and highly collectable artists through to new and emerging artists. Many are best known for signature styles that they have developed through their black and white paintings. Participating artists include Dorothy Napangardi, Gloria Petyarre, Mijili Napanangka Gibson, Lilly Kelly Napangardi, Helen McCarthy Tjalmuty, Ningura Napurrula and Anna Price Petyarre.

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Bidyadanga Community Artists

August 26, 2011 - October 12, 2011

Donald Moko, Margaret Baragurra and Mervyn Numbagardi are the most senior of the artists working at the Bidyadanga Community Art Centre. Their work reflects their earlier lives in the desert, based on hunter-gatherer lifestyle and revolving around key waterholes on clan estates. Now the coastal community is focused on transferring the knowledge and culture of its elders through cooperation between generations at the art centre. This exhibition is presented in association with Bidyadanga Art Centre.

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Alma Nungarrayi Granites – The Night Sky 2011

July 8, 2011 - August 17, 2011

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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Tangentyere Artists

July 8, 2011 - August 17, 2011

Tangentyere Artists represent paintings and stories from Indigenous artists of the Alice Springs Town Camps. The art centre provides art support and marketing to over 380 artists from 19 Alice Springs Town Camps. These camps are home to around 2,000 Indigenous people from the local area as well as many visitors from the remote communities of Central Australia. The Town Camp artists represent 20 different central Australian languages, and the stories they present in their paintings are a diverse and rewarding experience. This exhibition is presented in association with Tangentyere Artists.

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Marlene Harold

Yinjaa-Barni – Pilbara Artworks

May 20, 2011 - June 29, 2011

Yinjaa-Barni Artists continue to refine and re-define the nature of their art and the images of their homelands. Located in coastal Roebourne in Western Australia’s Pilbara district, the country here spreads beyond the Fortescue River in an otherwise arid region of breakaway hills.

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Julalikari Artists

May 20, 2011 - June 29, 2011

Tennant Creek artists Peggy Jones, Flora Holt, Lindy Brody and Susan Nelson make whimsical observations of their world in and around Tennant Creek along the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Darwin. In these paintings are images of country – bush medicine and bush tucker, birds and animals, soakages and ceremonies. Then there are images of the mission church, biblical stories, and images of modernity – family events with Toyotas and station wagons, road trains and the railway line. The artists are represented by Julalikari Arts Centre, operating as a regional hub for the Barkly region, a huge expanse of nearly 300,000 square km between the tropical Top End and the arid Red Centre in the Northern Territory.

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Tjapaltjarri Brothers

April 8, 2011 - May 11, 2011

Their ‘first contact’ story is extraordinary. A group of nine Pintupi people who had lived a traditional lifestyle near Lake Mackay in the Gibson Desert, dramatically made contact in 1984 with their relatives near Kiwirrkurra. The community quickly realised that the group were relatives who had been left behind in the desert twenty years earlier. The family group were four brothers, three sisters and two mothers. The boys were in their teens – one subsequently returned to the desert, and three have gone on to become well known artists – Warlimpirrnga, Walala, and Thomas Tjapaltjarri. This is their story.

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Aurukun Artists

April 8, 2011 - May 11, 2011

Aurukun artists from the north-west coast of Cape York Peninsula have developed a distinctive style of sculpture and painting. The works have emerged from items which were used solely for ritual ceremony, to become expressions of life and art as experienced by the clans of coastal northern Queensland. This exhibition of paintings features the work of four women artists – Akay Koo’oila, Janet Koongotema, Rebecca Wolmby and Jean Walmbeng. The exhibition is presented in association with Wik and Kugu Art Centre.

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Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen

February 18, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Senior Ngarinyin man Jack Dale Mengenen stands as a walking history of the great upheavals that shook the Kimberley during the twentieth century. Born sometime around 1920, Jack Dale has seen the frontier violence, the move to station life and the threat to traditional culture, all of which have marked Aboriginal lives during this time.

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Katherine Marshall Nakamarra Exhibition 2011

February 18, 2011 - March 30, 2011

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra, the daughter of highly-acclaimed Pintupi artist Walangkura Napanangka, has been painting since 1986. Her father, Johnny Yungut Tjupurrula, was also a painter, as were her mother’s sister, Pirrmangka Napanangka, and her grandmother, Inyuwa Nampitjinpa. Similarities can be seen between Katherine’s work and the bold style of other Papunya Tula artists, particularly that of her mother. This is especially evident in the way the paint is applied in thick, joined dots.

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