Sarrita King

Sarrita King was born in Adelaide, South Australia on the 5th March 1988. She is the younger sister to fellow artist, Tarisse King and daughter to the late highly regarded artist, William King Jungala (1966 – 2007).


Sarrita inherits her Australian Aboriginality from her father who was part of the Gurindji tribe from the Northern Territory. The Gurindji tribe came to public attention during the 1960s and 1970s when members employed by the Wave Hill cattle station led a landmark case which became the first successful land rights claim in Australia. It is this same strong sense of self and pride that Sarrita embodies and it fuels her drive to paint her totemic landscape.

Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird Petyarre was born on the old Utopia station at Atangkere c.1930 and passed away in early 2008. She was an Anmatyerre speaker and a significant Elder of one of the most important movements which has emerged from desert painting, the Utopia Women. Her country was Atnangkere and she painted the Arnkerrthe (Mountain Devil…

Barbara Weir

Barbara was born in c. 1945 at Bundy River Station, Utopia. Her country is Atnwengerrrp and her language is Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. Barbaras mother was the acclaimed artist Minnie Pwerle (dcsd. 2006) and her father was Irish. Barbara was raised by her aunty, Emily Kame Kngwarreye who went on to become the most celebrated painter…

Barney Ellaga

Born c. 1939, Barney Ellaga is a senior custodian and law-man of the Alawa community, which is situated on the upper reaches of the Cox and Arnold rivers, south of the Roper River and west of the Gulf of Carpentaria. The country is called Minyerri, Southern Arnhem Land. His works have an indelible connection with…

Dolly Mills Petyarre

Dolly Mills Petyarre was born at Boundary Bore Outstation, circa 1948. Dolly comes from a large family of established and emerging artists. Her sister Gloria Petyarre and brother Greeny Purvis (dcd) are both internationally recognised artists. Like many artists from the area, Dolly participated in the “Utopia A Picture Story-88 silk batiks” which is now…

Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi is an Internationally renowned Australian artist. A Warlpiri woman from Pikilyi, she paints her country and her Dreamings of this remote area, 380 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Her works have featured in exhibitions right throughout Australia, Europe and America, and she is regarded as one of the leading…

George Hairbrush Tjungarrayi

Elizabeth Marks Nakamarra (respected artist and the wife of the late senior artist Mick Namarari), when asked who she admired most of the painters with whom she had come in contact through her husband…..”Ronnie (Tjampitjinpa) and Hairbrush (George Tjungurrayi).”   George “Hairbrush” Tjungurrayi was born c.1947 near Kiwirrkurra in the Gibson Desert, Western Australia and…

George Ward Tjungarrayi

George was born circa 1945 near the site of Lararra, east of Tjuukurla in Western Australia. George shares the same father as Internationally renowned artists Yala Yala Gibbs and Willy Tjungarrayi. Like many of his contemporaries, George first made contact with Europeans via a welfare patrol led by Jeremy Long and Nosepeg Tjupurrula – this…

Gloria Petyarre

Gloria was born c. 1945 at Atnangkere Soakage, Northern Territory. She lived in the traditional ways before moving to one of the established settlements, Utopia. Her language is Anmatyerre and her country is Atnangkere.   Gloria is one of seven sisters who are all acclaimed artists, including Kathleen Petyarre, Violet Petyarre and Ada Bird. Her…

Stan Brumby

Stan was born Halls Creek c. 1933. He worked as a stockman in the East Kimberley for most of his career, and lists many prominent stations Legune, Newry, Rosewood, Argyle, Auvergne, Bradshaw and Victoria River Downs just over the Northern Territory Border. Stan has been painting for over ten years he attends the Garma Festival…

Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Ronnie was born approximately 1942 near Muyinnga, about 100 kilometres west of the Kintore ranges. His family travelled widely through the Pintupi lands, living a traditional nomadic life. He was initiated into manhood in the early 1950s at Yumari near his birthplace. Shortly afterwards, due to drought conditions in the 1950s, Ronnie and his family…

Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula was born at Watulka, south of the Kiwirrkura Community, circa 1938. She was married to Yala Yala Gibbs Tjungurrayi (deceased) a highly respected Pintupi elder who held significant knowledge of his country’s Dreaming stories. Together with their son Maurice they went on a journey to Yininti. Wili, Illpili, Wirrinpili and finally arrived in…

Naata Nungurrayi

Naata Nungurrayi was born c. 1932 in the vicinity of Kumil, to the west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. She is a Pintupi speaker and a highly regarded cultural Law Woman. Naata is now firmly established as one of Australia’s leading artists. A work measuring 150 cm x 180 cm achieved a record…

Minnie Pwerle (Dscd)

Minnie Pwerle was born prior to 1920 (c. 1910) on the banks of the Sandover River, 350 kilometres northeast of Alice Springs. Her country was Atnwengerrp and her language was Anmatyerre and Alyawarr. Minnie was one of six children and went on to become the mother of seven children including International artist Barbara Weir. She…

Lucky Morton Kngwarreye

Lucky Morton Kngwarreye Ngwarai was born c. 1950. She is of the Anmatjerra tribe from the Utopia region north-east of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. She is a member of one of the most famous painting families and associates in Australia the Utopian artists are in the forefront of Australian Aboriginal artists, the most famous being…

Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kuddtji, born around 1928, is one of Australias leading Aboriginal artists. He commenced painting in the early eighties, along with the best of the original Papunya Tula Artists. He is Traditional Custodian of his country situated approximately 230 kms north east of Alice Springs. He is the brother of renowned artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye. Like…

Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie was born c. 1951 at Boundary Bore Outstation in the Utopia region of the Northern Territory. She is of the Petyarre (Pitjara) Skin Group and her language is Anmatyerre. Jeannie is a member of one of the best known Australian artistic families, being sister to renowned Elder artist Greeny Purvis Petyarre, Evelyn Pultara, Rosemary…

Emily Pwerle

When Minnie Pwerle passed away in March 2006, she left a legacy of artworks memorable for their amazing colour and flowing imagery. Three of her sisters are carrying on the tradition of Minnie’s depiction of the art of Utopia, each with their own individual style but all boldly displaying the same inspiration and zest for…

Greeny Purvis Petyarre

Greeny Purvis Petyarre is a tribal elder and ceremonial leader and resides at Boundary Bore with his wife Kathleen & 4 daughters, whon themsleves are very talented artists.  His cousins are the well known artists Gloria Tamerre Petyarre and Lindsay Bird, and his aunt is Emily Kame Kngwarreye (dcsd) one of our most famous Australian…

Eileen Bird Nungarai

Born c.1960s Language Eastern Arrernte/Anmatyerre Country Harts Range area Medium Painting – Acrylic on Canvas, Subject(s) Awelye (Women’s Ceremony), Bush Foods, Country Eileen Bird started painting around the mid nineties is an Eastern Arrernte woman. Many of her artworks depict the gathering of bush tucker as well as women’s ceremonies associated with the Country she…

Doreen Dixon Nakamarra

Doreen Dixon Nakamarra is a Walpiri woman from a famous painting family. Her domicile is the remote community of Willowra (Wirliyajarrayi), 250 km north-west of Alice Springs and 200 km from Yuendumu in the Northern Territory. She is closely related to International artist Janet Long Nakamarra and Mary Nabarula. The Nakamarra women have, since the…

Cindy Wallace Nungurrayi

Artist: Cindy Wallace Nungurrayi Born 1973 Language Anmatyerre Country Mulga Bore, Utopia, Central Australia Medium Acrylic Painting on canvas Subject(s) Women’s Ceremonies, Body Paint and Bush Foods Cindy was born on Santa Teresa mission and now lives at Mulga Bore, a remote desert community on the Utopia homelands near Alice Springs. She was brought up…

Bevan Tjampitjinpa

Area: Ti Tree (200km North of Alice Springs) Language: Anmatjere Clan: Ti Tree (Pmara Jutunta) Dreaming: Ahgee (Bush Plum) Bevan Tjampitjinpa was born in Darwin and grew up visiting his homeland. Bevan studied in Darwin until Year 10 before moving to Ti Tree which is his Grandmother, Grandfather and Mother’s country and later moved to…

Annette Pitjara Davis

Born: c. 1958 Language Group: Anmatyerre Country: Adelaide Bore, NT Annette is an exciting artist from the Central Desert region, Northern Territory. She is a member of a well-known artistic family and is the daughter of artist Margaret Davis Kemarre, with whom she lives. Like her mother, Annette paints the all important bush tucker and…

Betty Mbitjana

Born c.1954 Skin Name: Mbitjana / Mpetyane Language: Anmatyerre Region: Utopia Betty is a member of one of the most renowned painting families in Australia. Her mother was Minnie Pwerle (dcd 2006), her aunt was Emily Kngwarreye (dcd 1996), two of our most prominent artists. One of Minnie’s seven children, including the International artist Barbara…

Abie Loy Kemarre

Abie Loy Kemarre is a 41 year old (Born 1972) Artist from the Utopia are of Australia which is located around 250 km’s north-east of Alice Springs in Central Australia, Northern Territory. Abie belongs to the Anmatyerr clan group. Abie’s grandmother is one of Australia’s most famous Aboriginal Artists, Kathleen Petyarre. Abie’s paintings often depict…

Tommy Carroll

Tommy Carroll was born in 1956 at Doon Doon Station in the East Kimberley and worked as a stockman for many years. His knowledge of the country in which he worked is extensive and the pivotal focus of his paintings. He is a natural, his style is strong, individual, balanced and striking. It is obvious…

Shirley Purdie

Winner of 2007 Blake Prize for Religious Art Shirley is undoubtedly one of the hardest working, most professional contemporary ochre artists and certainly one of the most talented. Born on Mabel Downs Station, she grew up there whilst her mother Madigan Thomas was working alongside the stockmen. Like her mother, Shirley is a great organiser,…

Rusty Peters

Rusty Peters was born at Springvale Station in the East Kimberley, Western Australia in 1935. Rusty grew up on the station and became a stockman on Springvale, which features heavily  in the content of many of his works. The family relocated to Mabel Downs Station after his father was lost in a riding accident, and…

Roslyn Karadada

Roslyn Karadada (also spelt Karedada) was born in Derby 19/04/62 and now resides with her husband Lenny and children in Kalumburu with the other members of her very talented family. She is of Gnurre skin and her Language is Wunanbul. Ros is well educated and has studied language and culture which she teaches to the…

Regina Karadada

Regina lives in Kalumburu and is the daughter of Rosie Karadada, a prominent artist and artefact maker who is the sister-in-law of our most famous Wandjina artist, Lily Karadada. Regina’s father Louis, and his brother (Lily’s husband Jack), were renowned artefact makers also. The Karadada ‘clan’ are indeed a memorable dynasty of talented and influential…

Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis was born at Turner River (Kartang Rija) and grew up there. Her mother was Kitja and her father Jaru (desert-way). Phyllis worked around the station, doing yard duties and assisting with the domestic goats. Whilst in Wyndham, she met her husband, Joe Thomas, a stockman. She accompanied him to Springvale, then Mabel Downs. Joe…

Peggy Patrick

Peggy Patrick is one of the most famous women in the Kimberley as well as an exceptional artist who unfortunately does not have a great deal of time to paint of late. She is the full sister to the late Timmy Timms (Kamaliny Palmentarri), head stockman for The Bow” and later highly respected chairperson of…

Peggy Griffiths

Peggy was born 1941 on Newry Station in the far north-west of the Northern Territory. Peggy’s father, Frank Moore, worked as a stockman on the cattle station. She then relocated with her mother Dianah Dingil to Ivanhoe Station in the East Kimberley (Western Australia), and attended school until the age of 15. Old Argyle Station…

Paddy Carlton (Dcsd.)

Paddy Carlton (Left) with his Individual Elder Arts achievement award 2002 Paddy Carlton is a renowned Master for the Kununurra area. His legendary trademark” painting lightning man is known world-wide. Along with Alan Griffiths, Paddy put Kununurra art on the map”. Paddy was born on Legune Station in 1926, and worked, as many of the…

Nellie Gordon

Nellie was born on Sturt River Station near Gordon Downs. Her language is Walmajarri.  She grew up in the area and worked in the station homestead doing domestic duties, then moved on to Nicholson to work for Mrs. Hill.  She obviously enjoyed this work as she speaks fondly of this period of her life.  She…

Ned Johns

Ned was born at Wave Hill and grew up to become a stockman on the station like most in his profession, he travelled extensively and worked on Argyle, Lissadell, Carlton, Texas Downs Stations and over the border in the Northern Territory. He was a drover and travelled to Queensland. His grandfather was Vincent Lingarri who led…

Nancy Nodea

Nancy was born in the bush at Buffalo Hole, Ngarrgooroon (Texas Downs) and grew up and worked on Texas Downs Station, along with many of her family members. The Kitja people who were born and/or worked on Texas Downs are among the most noteworthy of the Ochre Artists, including Queenie McKenzie (dcsd.), Hector Jandany (dcsd.),…

Nancy Noonju (Dcsd.)

>Nancy was born at Cherabun Station via Fitzroy Crossing c. 1940 then relocated to Parcel Downs Station, where she worked in the station homestead and was also stock camp cook. She returned to Cherabun, then further north to Derby in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. She prided herself that she always had a job…

Mona Ramsey

Mona was born at Old Greenvale Station 1938.  Her language is Kitja and she is the eldest daughter of the late Timmy Timms, a celebrated Elder and International Artist. When everyone from Old Greenvale Station relocated to the new Bow River Homestead which Sam and Maggie Lilly had built, combining Adavale and Greenvale Stations, Mona…

Mary Thomas

Mary Thomas was born 18 August 1944 at Chinaman’s Gardens Community in the East Kimberley. She is the mother of nine children, all of whom are now grown up and, like Mary, well educated and well respected community members.   She is of Kitja skin and speaks a number of dialects.  Mary has been a…

Melissa Waina

Melissa was born in Derby in 1984 and is the daughter of Kevin and Bernadette Waina she has lived all her life in Kalumburu.   Her father is an Internationally known painter, specialising in Bradshaw (Gyorn Gyorn) Art.  Melissa has inherited his talent, and she is sure to have a wonderful future in this very…

Mark Nodea

Mark was born in Derby in 1968. He currently resides in Kununurra and is former Chairperson of the Warmun Art Centre.  Mark is well educated and an incredibly talented Traditional ochre artist.  His charcoal sketches and figurative acrylic works are testimony of his ability in any sphere/medium of artworks. He has been taught the stories…