and Aboriginal Elder from Alice Springs who now lives and works in Sydney. Multi-talented, he is also a gifted musician, Aboriginal cultural teacher, public speaker and Aboriginal Cultural performer with a wonderful stage presence.

He is an international award winning “Central Western Desert” painter and his colourful and spellbinding works tell the traditional Dreaming Stories of the world’s oldest living culture.

Walangari’s work has been exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally. He uses his art as a means of cross-cultural communication and he is dedicated to improving the lot of his people.


Arrernte, of the Central and Western Desert

Born in 1961, Walangari is of the Arrernte, Luritja, Warlpiri, Yankunytjatjara, Pintubi, Anmatjerre and Alyawarre peoples of the Central and Western Desert.

Family of Albert Namatjira and Papunya Tula’s Clifford Possum and Paddy Carroll

His early childhood was spent living a traditional lifestyle in the Australian outback. His direct family line includes the famous Aboriginal Artist and water colourist Albert Namatjira and two of the founding fathers of the Papunya Tula movement, Clifford Possum and Paddy Carroll.


CAAMA and Imparja

Walangari has two university degrees and has held many executive positions and directorships of various Aboriginal Councils. He chaired CAAMA (the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association), the first Aboriginal owned radio station and was a director of the first Aboriginal television station, Imparja. He is committed to helping ensure that the voice of Aboriginal Australia is heard.

Walangari’s life and paintings have been featured in many television documentaries and publications including the “International Artist” magazine.

The National Gallery of Australia has acquired one of his early works.

Traditional and Contemporary Aboriginal Art

While his paintings tell the traditional stories of his people and feature the iconography of the “Western Desert”, Walangari uses a fuller colour spectrum and unique effects to forge a striking path within contemporary Aboriginal Art.

In 1995 he painted the first prize for the inaugural Indigenous Surfing Competition sponsored by Billabong and Coca Cola.

The Australian Museum featured Walangari in the CD ROM that they produced as part of their “Living Colour” exhibition in March 2000.

He was commissioned to paint a work for the Rugby World Cup Paris Exhibition in 2003 and in the same year his work featured in the annual selling exhibition “Art Paris” in the Carrousel du Louvre.

In June 2008 he was awarded the “Green Leaf Award” for artistic excellence in painting by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Natural World Museum.

Walangari won the 2010 Deadly Visual Artist of the Year Award.

  • 2018    “From the Desert to the Sea” (solo) Novotel Manly, Sydney
  • 2016    “All the Best Group Exhibition” Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2016    “Art Singapore”, Singapore
  • 2015    “Art Taipei”, Taiwan
  • 2015    “Outback to Abstract” Chifley Tower, Sydney
  • 2015    “Sharing the Dreamtime” Gallery 123, Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
  • 2014    “Talking Together” Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney
  • 2014    “Abstraction” Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2013    “All the Best” Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2013    “Songlines” Willoughby City Council Chambers
  • 2011    “Old Way, New Way” Hurstville Museum and Gallery
  • 2011    “Desert Stars”, IHK Cologne
  • 2010    “Blue Lightning Dreaming” (solo) Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2010    “All the Best” Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2009    “Colours of the Rainbow Serpents” (solo) Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2008    “Songlines” (solo) Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2008    Pymble Gallery, Sydney
  • 2008    “25 Years” Galerie Le Cocon, Hamburg
  • 2008    “Black & White” Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
  • 2008    “Kick the Carbon Habit”, The Museum of NZ, Te Papa
  • 2008    Mark Hutchins Gallery, Wellington
  • 2007    “Walangari & Friends” The Kate Owen Gallery, Sydney
  • 2007    “All the Best”, Soho Galleries, Sydney
  • 2007    Earth & Spirit”, Erie Art Museum, PA, USA
  • 2007    Galerie Le Cocon, Hamburg
  • 2006    Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai
  • 2005    Black Fella’s Dreaming, Darlinghurst, Sydney
  • 2005    The Outback Gallery, Sydney
  • 2004    Batchelor Institute, NT
  • 2003    Art Paris, Carrousel du Louvre, Paris
  • 2003    L’Art Emmele Exhibition, City Hall, Paris
  • 2002    Xzibit, McMahons Point, Sydney
  • 2002    Lotus Gallery Surfers Paradise QLD
  • 2001    Phat Cat, Invercargill, New Zealand
  • 2000    Aust. Olympic Exhibition, Galeries Lafayette, Paris
  • 1999    Galerie Luc Queyrel, 34, rue Mazarine, Paris
  • 1999    Michael Carr Gallery, Sydney
  • 1998    Heart of Australia, Sydney Airport
  • 1998    Private Gallery, Brussels
  • 1997    Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre, Alice Springs
  • 1997    Bruce Watling Gallery, Southport
  • 1997    Father John Thierry School, Sydney
  • 1997    Musee Espace, Beziers, France
  • 1997    The Elizabeth Gallery, Sydney
  • 1997    World Heritage Collection, NSW State Parliament
  • 1996    Vienna Hilton, Vienna
  • 1996    Volerkunde Muesum, Vienna
  • 1995    Gondawana Gallery, Alice Springs
  • 1995    Mountain Artery, Katoomba
  • 1995    Old Circus, Paris
  • 1995    Wagner Gallery, Sydney
  • 1994    Dreamtime Gallery, Santa Fe
  • 1994    Gallery Savah, Sydney
  • 1994    Holdsworth Gallery, Sydney
  • 1994    Third Annual World Tattoo Convention, Frankfurt
  • 1994    Wagner Gallery, Hong Kong
  • 1993    Parker Gallery, Sydney
  • Australian National Gallery, Canberra
  • Stuttgart Museum, Germany
  • Costello Collection, Sydney
  • Kneed-McDaid Collection, Sydney
  • Jagamarra Collection, Sydney
  • Mural, University of NSW, Sydney
  • Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Northern Territory
  • Romer Collection, Germany
  • Grafton Regional Gallery
  • Global Colours, Sydney
  • Jagamarra Productions, Sydney
  • Saga Fjord, Cruise Ship
  • Museum of Sydney, Sydney
  • Dymocks Sydney Inaugural Artist of the Month, Sydney
  • Master Artist in Residence, Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, NT

Learn about Walangari’s creative process and Dreamings by watching this informative video, or browsing his current gallery of Aboriginal Paintings for Sale.

Creative Process Video →  Current Gallery →