Lily KAREDADA - Wandjina IV

Lily KAREDADA - Wandjina IV

1999, 560 x 760mm Edition 17/99 ADG:3544

ADG: 3544


Wandjina IV, 1999

Screenprint on archival paper,  edition number 17/99.

Story of artwork

In Aboriginal mythology, the Wandjina are cloud and rain spirits. Lines or blocks of colour around the head of the Wandjina depict lightning, clouds or rain. Wandjina figures are found in the caves of the Kimberley region, Western Australia.

Lily (Mindindil) KAREDADA - Biography

Born c. 1921

Community Kalumburu

Country Prince Regent River Area, Kimberley, Western Australia

Language Wunanbul

Skin Jirrengger

Stories Wandjina, Bradshaw figures

Lily (Mindindil) KARADADA was born in the Prince Regent River area of Western Australia in 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 living Aboriginal artists and her paintings are instantly recognisable. Lily paints Wandjina with varied totems, rain dotting, lightning (Black Wandjina), turtles, cave pools with bubbles.


In 2003 Lily was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for her contribution to art.


1981 Die kunst der Australischen Ureinwohner lebt, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Leipzig, Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde, Dresden

1988 Karnta, Touring South-east Asia

1990 Balance, 1990 Brisbane

1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales

1992 Broome Fringe Festival

1993 Images of Power, National Gallery of Victoria

1994 Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal Art, National Gallery of Victoria

2003 Spirit Country, Matsunoyama, Hokkaido and Tokyo, Japan

2004 Aborigènes – les couleurs du Rêve, Muséum d'Histoire naturelle, Lyon, France

2005 PALS Art Exhibition, Wardarnji Aboriginal Cultural Celebration, Fremantle, WA

2006 Dreaming Their Way:Australian Aboriginal Women Painters, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC

2007 Back To The Board, Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney; Japingka Gallery, Fremantle


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Artbank, Sydney

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica USA

Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia

Christensen Collection, Museum of Victoria

Hank Ebes Collection, Victoria

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