Mowanjum, Western Australia

Group Ngarinyin

Born c.1935, Kunmunya, Kimberly, Western Australia

Died 2009, Derby, Western Australia

Omborrin was a senior Ngarinyin artist who worked through Manambarra Aboriginal Artists. Born around 1935 at Kunmunya on the Kimberley coast, he was considered one of the most important songman of the Ngarinyin, and since 2003 when he began painting established a strong reputation as an painter of Wandjina, spirit figures and country. He was a five time finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, along with being a finalist in the Sulman Prize, The Blake Prize, The Alice Prize and the Fletcher Jones Geelong Painting Prize.



Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Australian Parliament House Collection, Canberra

Australian Public Service Commission Collection, Canberra   

Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia

Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia, USA

Murdoch University Collection, Perth WA

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Royal Perth Hospital Collection, Perth WA

University of Western Sydney, New South Wales

Western Australian Museum, Perth WA


Other Artists


Lucy Ward

Derby, Western Australia


Agnes Armstrong

Kununurra, Western Australia

BR00070 navigating_a_treacherous_waterway

Brian Robinson

Thursday Island, Torres Strait


Eileen Napaltjarri

Kintore, Northern Territory


Peter Zappa

Perth, Western Australia

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