Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada is arguably the best known painter of the "Wandjina Rock Art" of the Kimberley – her art is included in major Collections world-wide. Lily was awarded the Centenary Medal for her Contribution to Art in 2003.

Lily was born in her father's country in the land of the Pitjarintjin people, Prince Regent River, on the Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia. Lily's 'bush name' is Mindundel - meaning bubbles; Lily was apparently born in/near to a bubbling spring, an area densely populated by these water spirits. The Wandjina spirit figure is believed to be the embodiment of the rain spirit and ancestor of the Wunambul, Nagarinyin and Worrora peoples of the northwest Kimberley region. Many representations of the Wandjina spirit can be found in the caves and rock formations of that area, large images have been painted using ochres and clay, usually from a frontal aspect, with no mouths, large black eyes and a slit or beak-like nose, surrounded by a veil of dots suggesting raindrops.

Lily’s style is very distinctive and instantly recognisable as “Lily”. Every work she paints has an identity of its own – each acquisition is personal. Lily is now 86 and skilfully executes depictions of the ancient carvings of the Mitchell Plateau, Western Australia. The images she has lived with and painted since she was a young girl are now the subject of many books and research and her paintings are highly sought after and investable. Especially collectable are Lily's old 1970's bark paintings which we are extremely fortunate to be able to offer for sale.

Lily Karadada is recognised as being one of the major artists of the Kimberley region and has exhibited her work extensively.

- Artbank, Sydney.
- Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
- Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
- Christensen Collection, held Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.
- Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
- National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
- Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
- The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.

1981 - Die kunst der Australischen Ureinwohner lebt, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde, Dresden.
1988 - Karnta, Touring South-east Asia, [non selling Karnta show].
1990 - Balance 1990: views, visions, influences, QAG, Brisbane.
1991 - Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.
1992 - Broome Fringe Festival, Broome.
1993 - Images of Power, Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1994 - Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria.

- Aboriginal Artists of Western Australia, [n.d. [folios of works and biographies], Aboriginal Education Resources Unit, Western Australia.
- McCulloch, A., & McCulloch, S., 1994, The Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, St Leonards, New South Wales.
- Ryan, J., 1993, Images of Power, Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, exhib, cat., National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
- Stanton, J., 1989, Painting the Country: Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Kimberley Region, Western Australia, University of Western Australia Press, Nedlands, Western Australia. (C)
- 1991, Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

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Lily Karadada Aboriginal artist

Bark painting

Lily Karadada Aboriginal artist

Ochre on canvas

Lily Karadada Aboriginal artist

Incised slate

Lily Karadada Aboriginal bark

Bark painting

Lily Karadada Aboriginal bark painting

Bark painting


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