Bark Coolamon by Lily Karadada


Bark Coolamon by Lily Karadada


Lily Karadada c.1920

59 x 25 x 20cm

Bark, natural resin, bush string, ochre

©Lily Karadada/Licensed through Copyright Agency 2018

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Lily was born in the Prince Regent River area of Western Australia known as Woomban-goo-wan-gorr, her father’s Country. Both parents were from the Woonambal tribe and living a traditional lifestyle. Lily was given the name of Mindindil meaning ‘bubbles’ after her father looked down into the spring water from the top of the hill and saw the spring bubbling a few hours after Lily was born. As a newborn she was carried around in a bark coolamon called namarrga, such as this one which Lily appears to have painted with her ‘bubbles’.

Lily is widely recognised and respected as one of the most outstanding painters of mythical Wandjina figures, central to and of the utmost importance within the culture of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.


National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth

Artbank, Sydney

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A

Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands

Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.

Christensen Collection, held Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.

Museum de Lyon, France.