Munupi Arts

Established in 1989, Munupi Arts is located at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point / Pularumpi) on Melville Island’s north-west coast, facing Bathurst Island across the Apsley Strait. Melville and Bathurst Islands are located 100 kilometres north of Darwin and are home to the Tiwi people. The Dundas Strait separates Melville and Bathurst Islands from mainland Australia. Melville Island is Australia’s largest island after Tasmania.

Susan Wanji Wanji, Hunting at Johnson Bay (detail)

The contemporary art from Munupi is strongly influenced by the ancient art of ceremonial body painting, or jilamara. Jilamara designs are also found on Pukumani poles (mortuary poles) and tungas (bark baskets). The traditional form of mark making was derived from the creation story. Designs are traditionally applied in ochres with a pwjoa (traditional wooden comb) or fingers.

The creative emphasis is on the strength of design rather than narrative, although the patterns are symbolic of the creation stories and the environment. Tiwi art is continuously evolving, and it is common to find historical events interwoven with jilamara.

Tjarlirli Art

Established in 2006, Tjarlirli is located in Tjukurla, a small Western Australia community approximately 800 kilometres west southwest of Alice Springs. During the 1970s it was an outstation for Docker River across the border in the Northern Territory. In the 1980s, one of Papunya Tjula’s most important founding artists, senior Law man Anatjari Tjakamarra III, lead his family group back to country not far from where the community is now located.


The road into Tjukurla / Photo: Angela Berry

The people of Tjukurla retain strong family ties to Docker River, Kintore and Kiwirrkura. They speak various Western Desert Languages: Ngaatjatjarra, Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjarra, Pintupi and Luritja.

Tjukurla is one of the most sacred places for the Tingarri tjukurpa (Dreaming). It is Tingarri Ngurra, the home of the ancestral Tingarri Men. In this region, culture runs deep and true. The Tingarri tjukurpa recounts the activities of the Tingarri Men and the Tingarri Women as they move across vast expanses of Country, performing deeply sacred and secret ceremonies. Tingarri design in paintings – especially those by senior men – is typified by a series of concentric rondels or rectangles connected by pathways.

Investing in Aboriginal Art

When purchasing Aboriginal Art, it is important to consider all options. Are you buying the artwork simply because it appeals to you, or are you buying it as an investment piece? Raintree Gallery caters extensively for these alternatives. We exhibit a range of art from renowned artists of various styles, and from diverse regions of Australia.

Authentic Aboriginal Fine Art is sourced directly from local Artists, from art centres in remote communities, or from ethical independent wholesalers. This assures clients a large scope of quality art at competitive prices.

When sourcing Aboriginal Art, particularly for investment, there are a few simple guidelines to assist you in the decision making process.

  1. Decide on your area of interest: Barks, Canvas, Paper?
  2. Determine what region or style of art you find most interesting?
  3. Buy good examples of well-recognised artists; enquire into the artist’s profile, their exhibitions, and the collections their work is featured in.
  4. Buy art created by emerging, well-promoted artists. It can be considered a prospective investment.
  5. When purchasing all Aboriginal artwork, ensure that a Certificate of Authenticity is provided. This should include a provenance and a completion date.
  6. Get to know Aboriginal people, or work with Aboriginal Art Specialists. This will increase your knowledge in this field.
  7. Read and learn as much as possible about Aboriginal art. This will enable you to make educated decisions when purchasing.
  8. Build a collection over time.

Traditional Aboriginal Art

Ever heard about aboriginal artwork and paintings? In case you haven’t, there are only two possibilities. One is that you are not an inhabitant of Australia. The other reason is that you are not even remotely interested in art. That’s because if a person is even slightly interested in art and paintings, he or she would have definitely heard about aboriginal paintings.

These paintings have become the talk of the town and most people swear by the beauty of these paintings. Now days, many schools of art are imparting training to students and professionals on how to go about doing aboriginal paintings. It would be incorrect to comment that the new paintings are not good. Well, they are beautiful, really beautiful.

However, they lack the charisma and the charm of the traditional aboriginal artwork. Most of the traditional art works have a charm and an aesthetic touch to it, which comes from the age itself. The new paintings, all though awesome, have failed to create an impact on art lovers across the continent.

All that people want to have in their houses are traditional aboriginal art paintings. They do not want to adorn their walls with the newer species. Hence, the demand for new aboriginal paintings keeps falling.

All that you ever wanted to know about traditional aboriginal artwork is here on this website. Click on this link to get all the information about traditional aboriginal art posters and art symbols.

Many schools today, who resist from teaching their students the conventional norms and subjects, are going for aboriginal art paintings as a subject. These schools think that teaching the subject of traditional Australian aboriginal art in schools exposes the student to Australian culture and history.

In case, you want to know more about traditional aboriginal public art or pictures of traditional aboriginal art, this is the perfect website for you. Learn all about the various forms of traditional aboriginal art forms along with the details about where you can learn them in your city.

And in case you want to buy any of these masterpieces, there is information about that too on this website.

Industry Vision

choice for aboriginal people of involvement (directly, indirectly or not at all) in one of Australia’s major industries.

Quality Aboriginal tourism products that reflect a living, unique culture that is both traditional and continuing in contemporary forms.

Next, indigenous tourism that is a vibrant & viable part of mainstream Australia tourism industry, with strong sustainability in economic & cultural terms.

Significant economic platform for Aboriginal communities and individuals through employment & enterprise development and dignity through escaping an ongoing welfare & poverty trap.

Aboriginal tourism product defined and directed primarily by Indigenous people, but with guidance, commercial alliance and where appropriate, joint venture with mainstream operators.

partnership & coalition of interest between Indigenous & non indigenous tourism operators, tourist commissions at State & Federal level, program providers involved with aboriginal affairs, the business sector & wider community to achieve a significant contribution towards the reconciliation process.

Aboriginal people having control of their destiny in Indigenous tourism and presentation of their culture.