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Lily Karadada / Rainmaker Wandjina (N-2294-LK)

SKU: N-2294-LK

100cm x 38cm Ochre and Red Gum on Eucalyptus Bark, 2002

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100cm x 38cm Ochre and Red Gum on Eucalyptus Bark, 2002

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Artist Profile

A rare, special piece by Lily painted with ochre and a red gum background on Eucalyptus bark

Lily was born Prince Regent River area c. 1921.  From her father’s country, Woombangowangoorr, she went with her mother and family to Mitchell Plateau.  She married Jack Karadada and during the war, teenaged Lily and husband Jack, made the long walk north to Kalumburu, where they lived in a cave in the adjacent hills for many months, waiting out the Japanese bombing raids on the mission, before moving in and making a home with her huge extended and very talented family.

Lily is one of Australia’s most important contemporary aboriginal artists.  Whilst she varies her subject matter, she has never compromised on style.  Lily’s paintings are instantly recognisable.  Lily paints Wandjina – with varied totems, rain dotting, lightning (Black Wandjina), turtles, cave pools with bubbles – all different but all Lily Karadada.

Lily was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for Contribution to Art in 2003.

A lovely lady, with a wonderful, infectious laugh – once met, never forgotten.


– Art of the Australian Aborigine, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig, Dresden, Germany

– Karnta, Touring South-east Asia

– Balance, Brisbane

– Aboriginal Women’s Exhibition, Art Gallery of NSW

– Broome Fringe Festival

– Images of Power, National Gallery of Victoria

– Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria

– “Spirit Country”, Matsunoyama, Hokkaido and Tokyo, Japan

– “Aborigènes – les couleurs du Rêve”, Muséum d’Histoire naturelle, Lyon, France

– PALS Art Exhibition, Wardarnji Aboriginal Cultural Celebration, Fremantle

– Dreaming Their Way:Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC

– Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney
– Japingka Gallery, Fremantle

– Artbank, Sydney
– Queensland Art Gallery
– Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA
– Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of W.A.
– Hank Ebes Collection, Victoria
– Art Gallery of South Australia
– Christensen Collection, in situ Museum of Victoria
– Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
– National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Artist's Description

It is said that the Wandjina spirit figure is the embodiment of the rain spirit and ancestor of the Wunambal, Ngarinyin and Worrora peoples of the north west Kimberley region of Western Australia, where ancient artisans reproduced the images on the walls of the caves and rock formations of the plateau areas along the coast and hinterland.

They were always pictured in ochres and clays, from a frontal aspect, with no mouths, and large black eyes and a slit or beak-like nose. The icons are usually depicted in a veil of dots representing raindrops, and the blood and water mix of man and other earthly creatures.

Dreamtime mythology has it that the Wandjina emerged from the rain clouds and will return in that manner, while other versions suggest that Dumbi, the Owl, is the model.

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Lily Karadada / Rainmaker Wandjina (N-2294-LK)

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