About The Artist
Barney Ellaga was born in 1941 (deceased 2015) and was a senior law man of the Alawa community in the Northern territory and was a highly valued elder of his people. He had intimate knowledge of his traditional homelands and it is this subject, Alawa country, which his work takes inspiration from and predominately represents.
Paying homage to his traditional birth place and home land, Barney uses extraordinary kaleidoscope of colour compliments to depict his Alawa lands. His unique and dynamic approach provides impact and power to these abstract artworks, and it is without surprise his works are in high demand. The visual language of his artworks conveys a poetic voice of understanding and affection for his country.
Since the introduction of acrylic paints and Belgian linen, Aboriginal art has evolved from traditional symbols representing ceremonial ritual and story, to an international wave of phenomenon exploring the realms of contemporary abstraction. Barney was at the forefront of this medium and we are proud to hold a number of his works. We invite you to take in and immerse yourself in the vision of Barney’s country through his artwork.