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Western Arnhem Land

Old Masters: Australia's great bark artists

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Western Arnhem Land

This region is dominated by the Arnhem Escarpment, a vast range of rocky hills home to thousands of rock art galleries, some more than 30,000 years old. The majority of rock paintings here are figurative and these have influenced the style of bark painting in the region.

Explore the major themes 


Yirawala

Yirawala

 

 Dynamic figures

Dynamic figures

 

 School of Yirawala

School of Yirawala

 

Nganjmirra family

Nganjmirra family

 

  Figures in the landscape

Figures in the landscape

 

  Murals

Murals

 


All these bark paintings are part of the National Museum of Australia’s collection. © the artist or the artist’s estate, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2013, unless otherwise specified. These images must not be reproduced in any form without permission.