Australian Aboriginal art dot/desert paintings


Dot paintings of the Australian Aboriginal desert peoples are often called sand paintings.

This reference stems from their genesis in paintings on the ground that are created by clans as they move from place to place in the desert. The clan gathers around a central site, which is cleared so that"paintings" can be created using seeds, flowers, sand, stones, feathers, and other natural substances. The clan elders sing their way through the painting process,
imparting tribal knowledge to younger members of the clan. The various symbols are explained and interpreted as lessons in the clan's history and heritage, its creation story, and the location of sacred sites, food sources, and water holes.

Today, these designs are painted on art board and canvas for sale to the outside world. While the precise meanings of the designs are usually not revealed to outsiders, they have deep cultural significance to clan members. Usually, only senior males who 'graduate' to high rank in the clan learn the full meaning of the designs.

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Mervyn Rubuntja Australian Aboriginal painting
K107 24"x16"
Mervyn Rubuntja

Xavier Wimmitji Australian Aborigine painitng

K109 24"x35.5"
Xavier Wimmitji


KB14 18"x28"
Christine Peterson Nangala


K166 Walpiri
Don Tjungurrayi


Narpula Scobie Aboriginal dot painting
KA72 24"x18"
Narpula Scobie

W688 Aborignal art pansy Napangadi
W688 Walpiri 36"x30"
Pansy Napangati


KB06 Pitjantjatjara 46.5"x26.25"
William Sandy

Narpula Scobie Aboriginal desert painting
KA71 24"x18"
Narpula Scobie

KA31 Aboriginal art Loretta McDonald
KA31 Worimi 23"x23"
Loretta McDonald

KA29 Aboriginal art Linda Currie
KA29 Worimi 22"x23"
Linda Currie

Luck Morton Aboriginal dot painting
KB19 23" X 18"
Luck Morton

K168 Aborignal art William Sandy oil
K168 Pitjantjatjara 34" x 10.75"
William Sandy

KA28 Aboriginal art Len Cunningham
KA28 Worimi 24"x35"
Len Cunningham

Joanne Nangala dot painting
KC13 - 14" x 21"
Joanne Nangala

Karen Taylor Aboriginal dot painting
K007-13.25" x 17"
Karen Taylor

Janet Forrester dot painting
KB86 -23" x 23"
Janet Forrester


KB45 -24" x 38"
Anthony Nemarluk.


KB87 -56" x 28"
Malpiya Miller


KB48 -42" x 24.5"
Walala Tjapaltjari


KB46 -24" x 36"
Colin Warnir


KC89 -48" x 28"
Sonder Turner Nampitjinpa


KC90 -43" x 49"
Lucy Yukenbarri Napanangka


KC36 -48" x 18"

Nancy Campbell Napanangkpa



KC37 -36" x 24"
Amy Pultara.



Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi

Gabriella is the eldest daughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri (deceased), arguably the best known Australian Aboriginal painter of our time. His influence on her work has been profound as he served as both teacher and role model. She was born at Mt. Allen in 1967. She won her first award in Alice Springs while still a college student.

Gabriella's work has been exhibited in Washington, DC, (1992) London, (1993)Berne, Switzerland, (1993) and the United Nations Headquarters in New York. She is represented in collections ranging from the Holmes a Court collection and the Flinders University Museum to the Kelton Foundation Collection in Santa Monica, CA, and the Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia in Melbourne.

She first came to our attention in 1990 when we met her outside a gallery in Sydney. She visited our hotel room a day later. With child in tow and pregnant like a melon, she unrolled
her canvasses. We were immediately struck by the quality of her work and became instant fans. We purchased
all that she had with her.

We have since sought out her work wherever we have shopped for Australian Aboriginal art.

On last trip to Australia, we were able
to acquire five new Gabriella Possum paintings. It is interesting to see the evolution of her work from very disciplined traditional designs to more adventurous splashes of vibrant color - still representing the Dreamings of her people. The paintings are displayed in below .

Gabriella Possum Aboriginal Dot Painting
W695 Bush Tucker Dreaming

Gabriella Possum Sugar Bag  painting
KB05 Sugar Bag Dreaming

Gabriella Possum Bushtucker  painting
KA24 Bushtucker Dreaming

Gabriella Possum Bushtucker Ceremony painting
KA25 Bush Tucker Dreaming

Gabriella Possum Soakage painting
KC03 Soakage Dreaming

Gabriella Possum Aboriginal Women's Body Painting
KC02 Women's Body painting

Gabriella Possum Bush Wheat painting
KB04 Bush Wheat Dreaming

All colors are approximate due to the differences
in Web browsers. We hope you enjoy them.



W769 Aboriginal art bark painting by Luke Nganjmirra
W769 - Nganjmirra

Larry Nalorman Aboriginal art painting
K151 - Nalorman


W950 - Nguburru


W813 - Yirrkala


W821 - Maymuru


W752 - Djawida Nadjongorle


W758 -Neville Mardday


W816 -
Dhuwarrwarr Marika


W724 -
Djutadjuta Munungurr Djapu


W818
- DhakuwalGumana


KB58 - Eddie Blitner

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