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Lily Karadada / Rainmaker Wandjina (1B)

104cm x 72cm Acrylic on Canvas, 2006

SKU: 12507


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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 eventually settled in Kalumburu, where she still lives 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

I’ve painted Wandjina as it is in the caves in my country. Those caves are very wet, with water bubbling up everywhere – that’s the name my father gave me – my bush name – Mindindil – that means bubbles. These Rainmaker send down rain to make everything grow – she has no mouth, but when you go into her caves you can hear her whispering (we think this would be the wind in the caves). Lots of cave rocks round this place. And bush turkeys, turtles and snakes – all for good tucker and for good life.

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