Warmun Art Centre is one of Australia’s leading Indigenous cultural organisations, receiving both national and international acclaim for its interdisciplinary programs in painting, printmaking, digital media and Gija culture.
Warmun Art is here to celebrate and encourage the expression of Gija culture through the arts, and to support the development of innovative contemporary art by established and emerging Warmun artists. We provide a diverse range of cultural and economic opportunities for both individuals and the community as a whole.
Prominent themes featuring in the practice of Warmun artists include a combination of Ngarranggarni (Dreaming) stories, post-contact colonial histories and contemporary life experience.
In particular, Warmun painters are globally renowned for their vibrant and dynamic compositions mostly executed in natural ochre sourced directly from the East Kimberley region.
Phyllis Thomas is a Gija woman whose bush name, Booljoonngali, means ‘big rain coming down with lots of wind’. She was born at Riya on the Turner River, southeast of Purnululu. Her work depicts Dreaming places and bush tucker from Crocodile Hole, and the country where she was born.