Aboriginal Art at The State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

The State Art Collection (Your Collection) is Western Australia’s greatest visual art asset.

Since the first work of art was purchased in 1895, the Collection has grown into the finest public art collection in Western Australia.

A rich and inspiring resource for all Western Australians and visitors, Your Collection offers remarkable insight into the development of art not only in Western Australia, but the whole of Australia and across the world.

A key strength of the Collection is its pre-eminent holdings of Western Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous art. 20th century Australian and British paintings and sculpture add to the diversity of the Collection.

Your Collection currently numbers more than 17,000 works in various media including painting, sculpture, design, craft, multimedia, installation and works on paper, including photographs, prints, drawings and water colours.

The holdings of Indigenous art from the Kimberley region are diverse, spanning numerous areas and indigenous cultures. Comprised of artifacts and historical and contemporary works of art – each documents the rich visual languages and traditions of the region’s Indigenous peoples, while highlighting and celebrating the emergence of significant art movements within the region over the last 40 years.

AGWA’s ongoing program of collection displays, along with public programs and online resources, provide a range of ways of experiencing this extraordinary Collection.

View Samples from the Collection: West Australian State Art Collection – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanded Art

Aboriginal Artists on Display at the Art Galery of Western Australia

Celebrated artists represented within the Collection at the Art Gallery of WA include:

Paddy Bedford, Hughie Bent, Jan Billycan, Jack Britten, Butcher Cherel, Peggy Griffiths, Paddy Jaminji, Spider Kalbybidi, Lily Karadada, Queenie McKenzie, Alec Mingelmanganu, Eubena Nampitjin, Patrick Mung Mung, George Mung Mung, Butcher Joe Nangan, Peter Newry, Lena Nyadbi, Peter Skipper, Wakartu Cory Surprise, Phyllis Thomas, Rover Thomas and Daniel Walbidi.

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