Gallery Director’s comments: A lovely depiction of the Wandjina by Lillian – this piece is reminiscent of her famous aunt Lily Karadada’s paintings
Lillian was born 1st May 1960 in Derby, Western Australia. She lives in Kalumburu on the beautiful Mitchell Plateau, Far North East Kimberley with her husband and daughter and small grandchildren. Lillian is a member of the famous Karadada family. She is the daughter of Rosie Karadada, a prominent artist and artefact maker who is the sister-in-law of our most famous Wandjina artist, Lily Karadada. Lillian’s father Louis, and his brother (Lily’s husband Jack), were renowned artefact makers also. The Karadada ‘clan’ are indeed a memorable dynasty of talented and influential Australians. Lillian’s sister Regina and brothers Richard and Moses are also talented and extremely well educated.
Lillian paints the Rock Art which is abundant in her region on canvas and the highly sought after eucalyptus bark and is a clever artefact maker like her mother and father, her Uncle Jack and Aunt Lily. She is a wonderful ambassador for her people, both through her artistic ability and her participation in supervising and encouraging children and teenagers to learn computer skills and other tertiary subjects.
Lillian was the winner of the Kalumburu Art Competition in 2008, as a part of the festivities of the Centennial of the Pago/Kalumburu Mission.