Ngukurr

Ngukurr is a small but vital community, situated on the Roper River, in the wetlands of south-eastern Arnhem Land. Although it evolved from Roper River Mission (established 1908) it has retained a strong sense of traditional cultural identity. The aboriginal painting movement arrived at the community relatively late  – in 1987 – but it created an immediate cultural energy and excitement. Ngukurr art rapidly achieved a reputation for its dynamism – its combination of the novel and the traditional, its bold use of colour, its innovative sense of design.

 

The Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery has long championed the work of Ngukurr artists, mounting exhibitions of paintings by Sambo Barra Barra and Amy Johnson, Willie Gudapi, Barney Ellaga, and the Joshua Sisters (Gertie Huddleston, Angelina George, Dinah Garadtji and Eva Rogers).

  • Ngukurr Artworks

    • Sambo Barra Barra, Crocodile Story, 1994
      Sambo Barra Barra, Crocodile Story, 1994
    • Sambo Barra Barra, Two Yellow Kangaroos, 1995
      Sambo Barra Barra, Two Yellow Kangaroos, 1995
    • Barney Ellaga, Melirr - Yartnin, n.d.
      Barney Ellaga, Melirr - Yartnin, n.d.
    • Barney Ellaga, Wurat - Bangu, n.d.
      Barney Ellaga, Wurat - Bangu, n.d.
    • Barney Ellaga, Wurramurra, n.d.

      Barney Ellaga, Wurramurra, n.d.

    • Barney Ellaga, Minimere River - Lulgu Lulgu, n.d.

      Barney Ellaga, Minimere River - Lulgu Lulgu, n.d.

    • Dinah Garadtji, Kangaroo and Brolga by the Billabong, 1996
      Dinah Garadtji, Kangaroo and Brolga by the Billabong, 1996
    • Dinah Garadtji, Grandmothers Country - Grasshopper Plain, 1996
      Dinah Garadtji, Grandmothers Country - Grasshopper Plain, 1996
    • Dinah Garadtji, Kangaroo and Brolga, 1996
      Dinah Garadtji, Kangaroo and Brolga, 1996
    • Angelina George, Flowers, 1996
      Angelina George, Flowers, 1996
    • Angelina George, Ngukurr Hills, 1996
      Angelina George, Ngukurr Hills, 1996
    • Angelina George, Bush Flowers, n.d.
      Angelina George, Bush Flowers, n.d.
    • Angelina George, Flying Fox Blossoms, n.d.
      Angelina George, Flying Fox Blossoms, n.d.
    • Angelina George, Ngukurr Flowers, n.d.
      Angelina George, Ngukurr Flowers, n.d.
    • Angelina George, Ngukurr Flowers, n.d.
      Angelina George, Ngukurr Flowers, n.d.
    • Willie Gudupi, Untitled, 1995
      Willie Gudupi, Untitled, 1995
    • Willie Gudupi, Birds, Grub and Turtles, 1995
      Willie Gudupi, Birds, Grub and Turtles, 1995
    • Willie Gudupi, Hodgson Downs , 1996
      Willie Gudupi, Hodgson Downs , 1996
    • Willie Gudupi, Hodgson Downs , 1996
      Willie Gudupi, Hodgson Downs , 1996
    • Willie Gudupi, Untitled, n.d.
      Willie Gudupi, Untitled, n.d.
    • Willie Gudupi and Moima Willie, Bush Creatures and Flowers, 1996
      Willie Gudupi and Moima Willie, Bush Creatures and Flowers, 1996
    • Gertie Huddlestone, Bush Scene , 1995
      Gertie Huddlestone, Bush Scene , 1995
    • Gertie Huddlestone, Digging For Grub, 1995
      Gertie Huddlestone, Digging For Grub, 1995
    • Amy Johnson, Three Water Birds, 1993
      Amy Johnson, Three Water Birds, 1993
    • Amy Johnson, Roper River Landscape in the Afternoon , 1994
      Amy Johnson, Roper River Landscape in the Afternoon , 1994
    • Amy Johnson, Waterbirds and Tortoise, n.d.
      Amy Johnson, Waterbirds and Tortoise, n.d.
    • Betty Roberts, Wildberries and Bush Flowers, 1996
      Betty Roberts, Wildberries and Bush Flowers, 1996
    • Betty Roberts, Campsite at Roper, 1996
      Betty Roberts, Campsite at Roper, 1996
    • Betty Roberts, Flock of Birds at the River, 1996
      Betty Roberts, Flock of Birds at the River, 1996
    • Betty Roberts, Billabongs and Roper River, 1996
      Betty Roberts, Billabongs and Roper River, 1996