Injalak Arts Centre, Gunbalanya

July 6th, 2009  |  Published in field research  |  4 Comments

A cultural hub in the Gunbalanya community is the Injalak Arts centre where visitors can meet local artists and see exquisite painting, fibre and sculptural arts being created. I encountered a significant ochre painting on bark by highly skilled painter Graham Badari, which I purchased. I then had the privilege of sitting down with Graham with the painting and listening to the associated stories. The spirit depicted is very powerful and is named Namorrodoh, the shooting star spirit.

Namorrodoh by  Graham Badari  134 x 29 cms Ochre on Bark

Namorrodoh by Graham Badari 134 x 29 cms Ochre on Bark

The work was exhibited in September 2008 at Mossenson Galleries, Melbourne at the ‘Sex, Spirits and Sorcery’ exhibition along with many other phenomenal works by Graham.
I sat with Glen Namundja while he painted and showed me how to grind, not crush, ochre and mix with glue. You can see my crushing attempts with my own ochre in the background.


  1. Zoe says:

    July 7th, 2009 at 1:39 am (#)

    It’s a wonderful painting. Sage was very impressed when I showed him the picture – “cool! skulls!”, although I still think they look more like Mexican wrestlers’ masks

  2. laomedia says:

    July 7th, 2009 at 5:48 am (#)

    Mexican culture is very cool, their version of Catholicism is enticing. But Santa Muerte is even more intriguing.

  3. Kalem says:

    August 6th, 2009 at 4:17 pm (#)

    Laomedia, this painting is Aboriginal from Australia, not Mexican. It still isnt that bad of a painting.

  4. Matt says:

    July 23rd, 2012 at 3:32 pm (#)


    Laomedia (venessa) is very aware that this is an aboriginal painting from Gunbalanya Northern Territory. She is good friends with the artist.

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