Apphia Wurrkidj


Apphia Wurrkidj learned to paint in the Mumeka style from her father James Iyuna (dec) and mother Melba Gunjarrwanga. She is part of the next generation who continue to produce the strong geometric rarrk that represents key Djang* sites on their clan lands. Common subjects of her work include the Dilebang (Waterhole) site, Wak Wak (Black Crow) at Kurrurldul and Ngalyod (Rainbow Serpent). The intensity of her compositions and fine linework make her works stand out from those of her peers.

*The eternal and life-giving transformative power that accounts for every aspect of existence. 





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Past Exhibitions


  • 2022
    Northern Waters, Short St Gallery Broome
  • 2022
    Top End Bugi, Koskela Gallery Rosebery
  • 2022
    Spirit in Bark, Koskela Gallery Rosebery
  • 2021
    The Summer Collector’s Show 2022, Everywhen Artspace
  • 2020
    Tarnanthi Art Fair, Lot Fourteen, Adelaide SA
  • 2020
    Top End Bugi, Koskela, Sydney, NSW
  • 2020
    Tiwi Islands to Arnhem Land, Artitja Fine Art Gallery, South Fremantle , WA
  • 2019
    Tarnanthi Art Fair 2019, AGSA
  • 2019
    Bukkan Rowk: I am teaching you, Outstation Gallery, Parap, NT
  • 2019
    Bukkan Rowk – ‘I am teaching you’ THE CONTINUING TRADITION OF BALANG JAMES IYUNA, Outstation Gallery
  • 2018
    Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide