Aboriginal Art
Birds

In Northern Australian Aboriginal Art birds such as the pelican, magpie goose, brolga and emu are frequently painted. These traditional bird artworks by Aboriginal artist Leslie Nawirridj, exemplify the famous Kunwinjku 'x-ray' style of painting.

Leslie presents each subject with some internal organs and delicate bone structures, an artistic feature first used by his ancestors. The first Kunwinjku Aboriginal artists painted in x-ray on the rocks of Western Arnhem Land. This same painting tradition has been perpetuated through countless generations. Leslie Nawirridj is a senior artist who is upholding the standard for his people today.

Aboriginal culture reflects the importance of the populations of these birds. Northern Australia has some of the highest concentrations of bird species in the world.
Leslie successfully portrays the personalities of his Aboriginal art birds, which gives them a lively animation. Each one is decorated in fine-line cross-hatching, called "rarrk". Rarrk is the ceremonial painting of the Kunwinjku Aboriginals, and takes years of practise to produce the accurate fine-lines that Leslie shows in his traditional bird art.

Purchase prints on canvas directly from Leslie using this on-line gallery.

A3 prints $85 AUD (Incl.GST)

A4 prints $60 AUD (Incl. GST)

Leslie has individually hand signed every print on the back with its title and his details.

If you are interested in buying an original painting, choose a picture and talk to Leslie about painting it for you. Use the on-line contact form provided.

Buying prints online

Brolga feeding
Brolga feeding on native plant
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Diving Duck on sticks
Diving Duck on a pile of sticks
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Jabiru and Pandanus Trees
Jabiru between Pandanus Trees
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Magpie Goose nursing eggs
Magpie Goose nursing eggs
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Emu resting among Cycad Palms
Emu resting among Cycad Palms
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Pelican on sandbar on dark background
Pelican sitting on a sandbar
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Pelican on sandbar on light background
Pelican sitting on a sandbar
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More Fine Art Prints



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Lightning Man

Lightning Man

Brolg

Brolga

The first painting produced for 2014 at Kunwinjku Aboriginal Art! A beautiful classic design by Leslie Nawirridj titled The first painting produced for 2014 at Kunwinjku Aboriginal Art! A beautiful classic design by Leslie Nawirridj titled "Barramundi & Waterlilies"
Fibre Art  at the Cruise Ship TerminalFibre Art at the Cruise Ship Terminal
Collecting white clay for traditional pigments.Collecting white clay for traditional pigments.