Indigenous Australian Art

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art collection at the National Gallery of Australia comprises over 7500 works and is the largest in the world.
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Rover Thomas [Joolama], 'Cyclone Tracy', 1991, natural earth pigments on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1991  © the artist's estate, courtesy Warmun Art Centre

Rover Thomas [Joolama], 'Cyclone Tracy', 1991, natural earth pigments on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1991 © the artist's estate, courtesy Warmun Art Centre

Alec Mingelmanganu, 'Wandjina', c.1980, natural earth pigments and oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1990

Alec Mingelmanganu, 'Wandjina', c.1980, natural earth pigments and oil on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1990

Gunybi Ganambarr, 'Baraltja', 2009, natural earth pigments on bark, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2010

Gunybi Ganambarr, 'Baraltja', 2009, natural earth pigments on bark, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 2010

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, 'Fire story at Caledon Bay', c.1963, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Founding Donors Fund, 1984  © the artist courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, 'Fire story at Caledon Bay', c.1963, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Founding Donors Fund, 1984 © the artist courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka

Albert Namatjira, 'The Gorge (Simpsons Gap)', c.1945, watercolour, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, celebrating the National Gallery of Australia's 25th Anniversary, 2009

Albert Namatjira, 'The Gorge (Simpsons Gap)', c.1945, watercolour, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of Gordon and Marilyn Darling, celebrating the National Gallery of Australia's 25th Anniversary, 2009

Christian Thompson, 'Untitled #4 [yellow kangaroo paw]', 2008, photograph, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2009, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

Christian Thompson, 'Untitled #4 [yellow kangaroo paw]', 2008, photograph, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2009, Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, 'Nyinyilki', synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2011  Courtesy the artist, Mornington Island Art, Queensland and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, 'Nyinyilki', synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 2011 Courtesy the artist, Mornington Island Art, Queensland and Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

Ken Thaiday Snr., 'Hammerhead shark mask', 1997, mixed media, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1997

Ken Thaiday Snr., 'Hammerhead shark mask', 1997, mixed media, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1997

Emily Kam Kngwarray, 'Yam awely', 1995, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of the Delmore Collection, Donald and Janet Holt 1995  © Emily Kam Kngwarray. Licensed by Viscopy

Emily Kam Kngwarray, 'Yam awely', 1995, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Gift of the Delmore Collection, Donald and Janet Holt 1995 © Emily Kam Kngwarray. Licensed by Viscopy

John Mawurndjul AM, 'Rainbow Serpent's Antilopine Kangaroo', 1991, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1991  © John Mawurndjul. Licensed by Viscopy

John Mawurndjul AM, 'Rainbow Serpent's Antilopine Kangaroo', 1991, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, purchased 1991 © John Mawurndjul. Licensed by Viscopy

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