Our Aboriginal Artists

If you’re interested in Aboriginal artists, you’ll find a wonderful collection of both contemporary and traditional Aboriginal artwork on display in the Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery in Melbourne. Packed full of dramatic pieces from renowned indigenous artists such as Minnie Pwerle, Anna Price Petyarre and Willy Tjungurrayi, our gallery offers one of the best collections of artwork by Aboriginal artists Melbourne has available.Read More

Traditional Aboriginal Art is based on important ancient stories and is almost always about the Dreaming; in fact it’s hard to find any indigenous Australian art that doesn’t have some kind of spiritual meaning. Modern Aboriginal art also uses the traditional symbols to create beautiful paintings, although the meanings of these symbols can change depending on the tribe to which the artist belongs, or through the way in which they use colour. However, the interpretation of the symbols found in Aboriginal artists’ paintings should always be made in context of the painting as a whole, including the style and the story behind the painting, together with the region from which the artist comes.

The popularity of indigenous art continues to grow and it seems that this artistic talent is either inherent or is passed down through generations and families. In fact, many of the best known Aboriginal artists are related; Dulcie Long Pwerle is the daughter of Jeannie Petyarre, plus her extended family includes renowned artists such as Gloria Petyarre, an innovative and dynamic artist: Kathleen Petyarre, whose work is minimalistic in style and characterised by fine dotting; Emily Kame Kngwarreyeand and the famous Pwerle sisters, Minnie, Emily, Molly and Galya.

Born in 1922, Minnie Pwerle had her first solo exhibition in 2000. Her art is characterised by strong linear canvases, and her fluid and bold style is very popular with both national and international art collectors. Minnie’s daughter, Betty Mbitjana, is another well-respected artist who is following in her mother’s footsteps. Originally from the Utopia region in the Northern Territory, her primary Dreaming includes ‘Awelye’ and Bush Melon, with most of her paintings depicting the traditional designs that women paint on the upper part of their bodies.

Our gallery also features the work of Anne Price Petyarre. As the daughter of renowned artist, Glory Ngale, it’s hardly surprising that she should also choose to pick up a paintbrush. Her primary focus is painting Yam Seed – Yam Flower, although her painting style has changed and evolved over the last decade making her an extremely versatile and collectable artist.

While our well established gallery has a wealth of distinctive artwork on show from both national and internationally acclaimed indigenous artists, we also offer in-house studio space for upcoming local Aboriginal artists, making it one of the best places in Melbourne to see and purchase original Aboriginal art.
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Bush Hen Dreaming 700mm x 950mm

Size: 700mm x 950mm

Price :POA

Artist : Abie Loy Kemarre

Title: Bush Hen Dreaming

Size: 700mm x 950mm

Code: 3826

Alweyle (Body Paint) 900mm x 1200mm

Size: 900mm x 1200mm

Price :$4990

Artist : Ada Bird Petyarre

Title: Awelye ( Body Paint)

Size: 900mm x 1200mm

Code: 3147

My Country 480mm x 930mm

Size: 480mm x 930mm

Price :POA

Artist : Alice Granites Napanangka

Title: My Country

Size: 480mm x 930mm

Code: 3569

Serpent Dreaming 880mm x 1200mm

Size: 880mm x 1200mm

Price :$1480

Artist : Alwyn Brokus Tjapanangka

Title: Serpent Dreaming

Size: 880mm x 1200mm

Code: 2451

Untitled 250 x 300mm

Size: 250 x 300mm

Price :$ 150

Artist : Andrea Adamson

Title: Untitled

Size: 250 x 300mm

Code: 3433

Bush Plum 1220mm x 1310mm

Size: 1220mm x 1310mm

Price :Sold

Artist : Angelina Pwere (Ngala)

Title: Bush Plum

Size: 1220mm x 1310mm

Code: 3032

My Country 1420 X 1600

Size: 1420 X 1600

Price :Sold

Artist : Anna Price Petyarre

Title: My Country

Size: 1420 X 1600

Code: 3149

Women Ceremony  750mm x 1000mm

Size: 750mm x 1000mm

Price :POA

Artist : Annie Hunter Pitjara

Title: Women Business

Size: 750mm x 1000mm

Code: 3021

Grass Seeds Dreaming 900mm x 1500mm

Size: 900mm x 1500mm

Price :POA

Artist : Barbara Weir

Title: Grass Seeds Dreaming

Size: 900mm x 1500mm

Code: 3029

Tingari Cycle 960mm x 1800mm

Size: 960mm x 1800mm

Price :$4700

Artist : Barney Campbell Tjakamarra

Title: Tingari Cycle

Size: 960mm x 1800mm

Code: 2402

Bush Tucker 320mm x 320mm

Size: 320mm x 320mm

Price :$169

Artist : Beatrice Gibson

Title: Bush Tucker

Size: 320mm x 320mm

Code: 3327

Bush Plum 960 X 1520 mm

Size: 960 X 1520 mm

Price :Sold

Artist : Bessie Patjara

Title: Bush Plum

Size: 960 X 1520 mm

Code: 2834