Lily Karedada

To be Auctioned on July 25th 12 Noon

Lily Karedada was born circa 1937 in the bush at Ann River. She fondly refers to her place of birth as ‘My Country’. Her father passed away when she was very young. Lily learned to paint in Kulumbaru and her story, the Wandjina, was taught to her by her mother.

The central theme in Lily’s paintings are the powerful Wandjinas. They hide in the caves of the Kimberley. Sometimes shown on the same canvas is the Bradshaw figure (igooyoorni) that are often found in caves with the Wandjina. If people go to a cave where there are Wandjina, they must be careful not to disturb them. They must call out properly in the right language or the Wandjina might call up a big cyclone to blow them away.

Wandjina – The Rain Maker, is a spirit who created the bush foods. Ulumarra (long neck trutle), Gulnu (roots), Ungurr (rainbow snake), Kanmargu (bush yam), Namarku (mangos), Manula (eggs) and Kareyak (goanna), are all bush tucker Lily paints and associates with Wandjina. Lilly also depicts the traditional Aboriginal clothing made from Yaruna (kangaroo hair) and Unurru (hair for making belts). Lily tells the story of
how she used to carry her babies and rock them to sleep in a Namerka (cradles made by the women).

Lily’s Wandjina paintings have international acclaim. Her works have been exhibited in many prominent collections. The National Gallery of Australia acquired nine paintings by Lily Karedada.


Artbank, Sydney.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia.
Christensen Collection, held Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.
Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane.
Museum de Lyon, France.
The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, U.S.A.

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  • Sale! Two Wanjinas

    Two Wanjinas

    By Lily Karedada
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    By Lily Karedada
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