Jimmy Deen

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“My name is Jimmy Deen and I am a qualified tradesman painter.  Several years ago I decided to explore my Aboriginal Heritage through the art of painting traditional dotted colours of the outback, and also introducing bright colours into my artwork.  My totem is the Gangurru,  the Aboriginal word for Kangaroo and I come from Gunggari Country.

My inspiration comes from my grandmother, I could feel this hand guiding me through my paintings, and I knew it was my grandmother.  My grandmother was a wonderful woman who I only knew for a short time as she passed away when I was 12 years old.

With my grandmother’s guidance and my father watching down on me, I have been able to create my own interpretation of memories and Dreamtime stories.

I hope you enjoy my paintings as much as I love creating them.”

Esther Quinlin (dec’d)


Esther Quinlin was born on the Macleay River, NSW and raised on a Government Reserve. She discovered her artistic talents in 1994 when she picked up a paintbrush for the first time.

Esther created a variety of Aboriginal art work. Each painting tells a story. She won a number of major art awards.

She lived and worked in different communities throughout Australia. Whilst living with desert people in Western Australia, she was given her skin name ‘Goongunu’. This has the same meaning as her own Thungutti tribal name ‘Murrunghan’, given to her by her mother. It means ‘good’ or ‘lovely’.

Her work is well represented at the Armidale Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where it is displayed along with her record of achievements.

She lived with her family at Bellbrook and taught pupils at Bellbrook School their native Thungutti language in story and song so that it is never forgotten.

Esthers’s artwork “Hunting and Gathering ” is held in the gallery’s permanent collection.


Robert Campbell Jnr. dec’d

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Robert Campbell Jnr (dec’d) has an international reputation. He exhibited in several major Australian cities.

His work is on permanent display in The Australian National Gallery, Canberra, the Art Galleries of Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia

His works are also held by Artbank, the Department Foreign Affairs, the Dobell Foundation and in private collections in Australia and overseas.

A major retrospective of his work – “Robert Campbell Jnr: History Painter” was staged by Artbank in 2017.


Maningrida Arts and Culture


Maningrida Arts & Culture is a pre-eminent site of contemporary cultural expression and art-making, abundant with highly collectable art and emerging talent.

Through their homelands resource organisation, Bawinanga Aboriginal Corporation, artists turned an art trade that began just over 50 years ago into a multi-million dollar arts and cultural enterprise. Maningrida Arts & Culture supported hundreds of artists on their homelands, more than 20 artworkers, held 20 exhibitions annually, won prestigious awards, and enjoyed the international fame and success that the boom in the Aboriginal art market of the 1990s and 2000s enabled.

Acclaimed senior artists including John Mawurndjul, brothers Owen Yalandja and Crusoe Kurddal, Bob Burruwal, Lena Yarinkura and Laurie Marbaduk continue to expand their mediums and narratives. Artists such as Paul Nabulumo, Samson Bonson, Anniebelle Marrngamarrnga, Samuel Namundja, Kay Lindjuwanga and Fiona Jin-majinggal have emerged to become a formidable force in the national and international landscape. They sit alongside the leading proponents of a fibre sculpture movement. Frewa Bardaluna, Helen Stewart, Vera Cameron, Lorna Jin-gubarrangunyja, Freda Wayartja Ali, Bonnie Burarn.garra and Doreen Jinggarrabarra are a group of mostly female artists who reinterpret functional forms using natural fibres to create highly sought-after pieces across the fine art and interior design sectors.

We protect the place in history for those artists who have come before, among them: Yirawala, Wally Mardarrk, John Bulunbulun, Peter Marralwanga, England Banggala, Elizabeth Mipilangurr, Lena Djamarrayku, Mary Marabamba and Jack Wunuwun.


Nudge Blacklock


Nudge was born in Guyra in 1958.  He belongs to the Biripi/Ngarabal language group.

Nudge’s work has a strong connection to water.

“I try to put movement into my paintings, especially the water ones. Water is important – life cannot exist without it and also for Aboriginal people, rivers were the traditional boundaries between Aboriginal tribal lands.”

“Not enough respect is shown to the earth – I want people to think about the importance of not polluting our waterways,  of protecting our vegetation and allowing fish passages to exist.”