Contemporary Aboriginal Art

The Gallery has a strong representation of leading Aboriginal artists from the Northern Territory including Central Desert and  Arnhem region language groups, such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Michael Nelson Tjakamarra  (Jagamara), Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi, William Sandy, David Malangi, Banduk Marika and Susan Marrawarr.

The Collection also includes works by Trevor Nickolls, Gordon Hookey and Brian Martin, as well as Aboriginal artists from Far West New South Wales such as Badger Bates and Edith Kennedy.


William Sandy_1986 paya dreaming

Image: William Sandy, Paya Dreaming, 1986. Acrylic on canvas © William Sandy, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.


The BHRAG has two significant paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye from her Wildflower Dreaming series, both produced in 1995. Kngwarreye’s vibrant and physical paintings represent the spiritual energy of her birth country in Alhalkere, north of Alice Springs. Her cultural life as an Anmatyerre elder and custodianship of women’s Dreaming sites at Alhalkere became the subject of her paintings, mapping aerial views of her country, poetically depicting the landscape in bloom and the cycle of seasons in drought and flood.


Emily Kngwarreye_1995 wildflower dreaming

Image: Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Wildflower Dreaming, 1995. Acrylic on linen © Estate of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, used with permission.


BHRAG houses a strong collection of Badger (William) Bates’ prints and sculptures. A Barkindji Elder, Bates’ work references his strong connection to Country, formed during a childhood spent travelling up and down the Barka (Darling River) with his grandmother. Working across linocut printing, wood carving, metal work and more, Bates depicts the stories and ecosystem of the Barka through Barkindji lines and motifs.


Badger Bates_1993 Barka (Darling River)

Image: Badger (William) Bates, Barka (Darling River), 1993. Linocut on paper  © William (Badger) Bates, used with permission.