Aboriginal Art, prints and original paintings in the unique style of the Kunwinjku Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory of Australia.
The Kunwinjku Aboriginal people come from Western Arnhem Land, around
the Liverpool River and Mann River regions in the Northern Territory of
The images presented on this website are an excellent exhibition of Kunwinjku fine art by award-winning Aboriginal artist Leslie Nawirridj.
The artworks are his way of communicating with you about his culture, his country, and its inhabitants.
Leslie Nawirridj is a senior member of the Kunwinjku family of artists.
The artist's profile gives the artwork its authenticity and cultural identity.
2014 Judges' Award Darwin City Council 'Harmony Day' Art Exhibition
2013 1st 'Outstanding' Prize Cancer Council Arts Awards (Aboriginal & TSI Visual Art Category)
2011 ANZ Barunga Festival Arts Prize
First Prize: Leslie Nawirridj
Winning entry: 'The Long-Necked Turtle and Echidna Kunwinjku Dreamtime Story'
2017 Artwork published in the Bible Society of Australia's publication titled "Our Mob, God's Story"
2013-present NTFL Wanderers Football Club Foundation Cup 'Eagle' design
2011-present Darwin Port Corporation design for commemorative plaques presented to Captains of passenger cruise ships
Leslie Nawirridj is a traditional owner of Manddedjkadjang outstation
on the Liverpool River. The outstation is a small community of Leslie's
family members. His family, or tribe, have always owned these
homelands. It is a "closed" community, which means that outsiders can
only gain access by acquiring an entry permit.
Leslie's artwork has evolved from the Aboriginal rock art of Western Arnhem Land. The rock art was painted thousands of years ago by Leslie's ancestors, and is a priceless relic of an ancient indigenous culture.
Tourists can view approved sites by joining a guided tour.
A unique feature of Kunwinjku Aboriginal art is the fine-line
cross-hatching, called rarrk. The rarrk is traditionally used for
Kunwinjku Aboriginal ceremonial painting. Leslie has perfected the
technique of painting rarrk, having practised it for more than 20 years.
Leslie paints rarrk by making a fine-line paint brush from the stem of a reed. The hair-like bristles are inside the stem.
The power of the paintings is in the rarrk. Leslie creates these fine lines with amazing accuracy. This is achieved freehand with great control and intense concentration. Leslie's rarrk is extremely strong and precise and has been described as "beautifully intricate and technically brilliant".
Kunwinjku Aboriginal art often shows anatomical features (internal organs and bone structures) of birds, fish and animals. This is called painting in "x-ray", and gives the artwork an interesting three-dimensional effect.
The "x-ray" style of painting captures the essence of the
wildlife of Western Arnhem Land. It shows the depth of relationship
between the artist and his country, and the knowledge he has of its
Kunwinjku rock art was the first x-ray art.
The artwork is an important facet of traditional Kunwinjku Aboriginal life. It is the traditional means of communication, used to tell stories of the people, animals and dream time handed down through the centuries by this ancient indigenous culture.
Kunwinjku Fine Art, an art business based in Darwin, in
the Northern Territory of Australia, and
www.kunwinjku-aboriginal-art.com website, are a partnership of Leslie & Alison Nawirridj. The information on this website has been compiled by
Alison Nawirridj, as told to her by her husband, Leslie.
Kunwinjku Fine Art is a member of ANKAAA (Association of Northern Kimberley and Arnhem Aboriginal Artists).
You are welcome to browse through the online art galleries and make your purchase from the souvenir range of prints.
Or place an order for an original painting using the on-line contact form provided and acquire your piece of this unique Kunwinjku culture direct from the Aboriginal artist.
Each original painting includes a 'Certificate of Authenticity',
with the Artist's Profile, and a photo of Leslie Nawirridj holding your
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We specialise in Western Arnhem Land art!
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Copyright is current for 2017 and beyond.
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