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Lily Karadada C1980s Wandjina Bark Painting Ochres Collectable Kimberleys Arti For Sale

Lily Karadada C1980s Wandjina Bark Painting Ochres Collectable Kimberleys Arti


Also spelt Karedada

Valuable & Collectable Kimberley's Artists

One of the greatest exponents of the 'Wandjina' spirit

This Bark Painting has Leonard Joel Fine Art sales, Melbourne, Provenance

Which Guarantees Authenticity and Adds to the Value

Lily is one of Australia's most important contemporary Aboriginal artists. Whilst she varies her subject matter, she has never compromised on style. Lily's paintings are instantly recognisable. Lily paints Wandjina - with varied totems, rain dotting, lightning (Black Wandjina), turtles, cave pools with bubbles - all different but all Lily Karadada.Lily was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for her Contribution to Art in 2003. She is represented in most major Collections World Wide.


Artbank, Sydney
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of W.A.
Hank Ebes Collection, Victoria
Art Gallery of South Australia
Christensen Collection, in situ Museum of Victoria
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne


"Wandjina & Figures", Circa 1980s

Natural Earth Pigments/Ochres on Eucalyptus Bark

78x 43 cm (irregular)

Leonard Joel sales Provenance (will provide details)

Below is an example of a similar sized and style bark by Lily which sold for $3,600 at Sotheby's sales

Karedada, Lily. c1937-. Australia (Aboriginal)

Wanjina Painting c. 1995 A$3,000 A$3,600 Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, 79 x 39.5 cm, Est: $3,000-4,000, Sotheby's Australia, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 24/07/2007, Lot No. 268

Beloware examples of the value ofLily's art on canvas (not bark) from a recent google search. Her editioned etchings ofsmaller size sell for $690

Lily Karadada / Wandjina $690 Limited Edition Etching on Paper, image size 60cm x 44cm,... Product Code: LK-E07 Lily Karadada Wandjina 2002 natural earth pigments on linen 160x120cm $11,500 AUD Lily Karadada Wandjina 2002 natural earth pigments on linen 135x77cm $5,900 AUD

Framed: YES

Size: H-62 X W-69 cm.

Medium: Earth Pigments on Canvas

$ 1501 - $3000

Price: $2,950.00 AUD

Lily Karedada (Karadada)

Lily Karedada was born in the Prince Regent River area on the Mitchell Plateau, on the north west section of the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Her parents were Wunumbal language group, and Lily's birthplace was Wumbango Wangurr in her Father's country, where images of the Wandjina and Bradshaw figures are found at significant sites and rockshelters. Lily was born in the bush next to a spring, and so her father named her Mindindel, which means 'bubbles' as he found her spirit coming from the water. Lily belongs to the Jirringger (owlet nightjar) moiety and her specific totems are the turkey, possum and white cockatoo. At the time of the second World War, the young Lily and husband Jack, had made the long walk to the mission settlement at Kalumburu, which was coming under bombing attack by the Japanese. So they lived in a cave for many months on the outskirts, before finally settling back into the mission community. Lily specializes in painting the Wandjina spirit with various totems including rain storm (dotting depicting rain generated by the Wandjina), lightning, turtle,owl nightjar and cave springwater. A dotted ground is also characteristic of Lily's depictions of totemic species and the natural features of her country. The Wandjina spirit figure is seen as representing the embodiment of the rain spirit and ancestor of Wunumbal, Ngarinyin and Worrora peoples of the north west Kimberley. Wandjina figures are seen depicted on the walls of caves in the plateau areas along the North Kimberley coast and are unique to this region. They are traditionally painted using red ochre, from a frontal aspect with no mouth, large black eyes and a linear or beak-like nose. The Wandjina are usually depicted in a field of dots which represent blood and water, the mix of man and animal. Dreaming mythology states that the Wandjina emerged from the clouds and will return in that form. Lily Karedada has lived all her life at Kalumburu with her large extended family, who are amongst the most consistent and longest practising artists from this region. Lily's brother, the late Geoffrey Mangalamarra was the creator of the famous "Cyclone Tracy" balga, a public ceremony that had a great impact on the contemporary development of Kimberley art.

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