Warmun artists are renowned for their use of natural ochre and pigments on canvas, which is integral to the contemporary expression of land and culture as identity for Gija people. The work of Warmun artists’ is an inseparable and celebratory part of Gija culture and country, and draws on traditional Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories and contemporary life. Warmun art has a national and international reputation thanks to the leadership of highly successful Warmun artists like Rover Thomas and Queenie McKenzie, George Mung Mung and Paddy Jaminji.
Now internationally renowned painters Lena Nyadbi, Patrick Mung Mung, Mabel Juli, Shirley Purdie, Madigan Thomas, Gordon Barney, Phyllis Thomas, Churchill Cann and Betty Carrington lead the way for a group of more than sixty emerging and younger artists currently painting for the art centre.
This new generation of Warmun artists works with the same, time-honoured materials and stories. The emerging works display a fresh, original and vibrant style that transcends cultural boundaries and places many Warmun artists at the forefront of contemporary art in Australia.
Warmun Art Centre works towards an exciting program of events, supported by an energised team of staff.
Luke Banks, Chris Griffiths, Jonathan Malgil, Anthony Parks, Ralph Juli and Jane Yalunga work with Studio Programs Coordinator Alana Hunt in the studio to bring out the best in Warmun painting.
Natalie Wheeler is the Gallery Coordinator at Warmun Art Centre.
Our new PAKAM (Pilbara and Kimberley Aboriginal Media) trainees Asaya Nodea and Margaret Joshua, under the guidance of Linguist and Cultural Programs Coordinator Anna Crane, work in the media lab on a variety of projects to support Gija culture.
The team at Warmun Art Centre are strongly supported by our board members Mark Nodea (chairman), Gabriel Nodea and Richard Thomas as well as Art Centre Manager Adam Boyd.