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.
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.
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