Susan Marawarr

Susan  Marawarr


Kuninjku artist Susan Marawarr was born in 1967 into a strong artistic family.  She is the daughter of Anchor Kulunba and Mary Wurrdjedje, and the sister of acclaimed bark painters James Iyuna and John Mawurndjul.    Marawarr is an accomplished printmaker, sculptor, weaver and bark painter.  Common subjects of her work include the powerful djang of wak wak, ngalyod and yawkyawk mythologies alongside the imagery of  popular everyday items like dilly bags, fish-traps,  mats and baskets.  She is known for her striking black and white palette.  This combined with her use of deep perspective often creates graphic optical effects, movement and energy in her idiosyncratic works.

In 2000, she collaborated with the Waanyi artist Judy Watson in the development of Watson’s public art commission of fish fences and dilly bags cast in bronze for Sydney International Airport.  Marawarr toured the United States in 2001 with the exhibition Bush Colour promoting the work of female printmakers as well as supervising bark painting workshops.

Over the last decade Marawarr’s artwork has been shown at numerous  galleries and cultural institutions including, Gabrielle Pizzi, Annandale Galleries, JGM (London) and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.   Her work is held in many national collections including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Victoria and National Gallery of Australia.

Lorrkon (2016), ochre on wood, 131x13cm.
Acquired by Bei Wu Collection, Germany.






Maningrida : NT





Date of birth




Past Exhibitions


  • 2018
    Mandjabu Bark Painting, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2009
    Susan Marawarr, Suzanne OConnell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD


  • 2020
    RESILIENCE: The power of the past today - Maningrida, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art
  • 2018
    Mardayin, Art Kelch, Freiburg, Germany
  • 2018
    From Coast to Escarpment: Spirit Worlds of Maningrida, Michael Reid, Sydney, NSW
  • 2018
    Ngaldjorlhbo | Mother of Everything | Mère de Toute Création, IDAIA, Paris, France
  • 2018
    Karrang Kunred / Mother-Land, The Crossart Projects, Sydney, NSW
  • 2017
    White Ochre, FORM, Perth, Australia
  • 2017
    Karridjowkke Kunronj (Crossing Streams), Nomad Art, Darwin, NT
  • 2016
    Beyond the Surface, Cairns Regional Gallery, QLD
  • 2016
    Maningrida Arts, Art Atrium, Bondi, NSW
  • 2016
    Maningrida Arts, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2015
    Maningrida Works on Paper, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, NSW
  • 2013
    Australia: Prints, Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, UK
  • 2011
    The Dreaming Changes Shape, Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2010
    Maningrida: Mimih, Fibres and Feathers, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2008
    Maningrida Survey, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2008
    Maningrida Arts, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2008
    Palya Art at Mary Place, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
  • 2008
    Weaving around the Traps, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2007
    Maningrida group show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    After the Wet, Maningrida Arts & Culture, Darwin, NT
  • 2007
    Selected new works from Maningrida, Maningrida Arts & Culture, Darwin
  • 2007
    Spirit in Variation Part II, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    Paris-Djinkarr-Milmilngkan, Maningrida Arts & Culture, Darwin, NT
  • 2004
    Maningrida recent works, Maningrida recent works, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2004
    Divas of the Desert:Maningrida, Minymaku, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2004
    Crossing Country - The alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, AGNSW, Sydney, NSW
  • 2003
    Threads of time, Burrinja gallery, Upwey, VIC
  • 2003
    Dreamtime, Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Cankarjev Dom Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • 2003
    Maningrida Threads, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
  • 2003
    Weave, Federation Centre for the Arts, Bundoora Homestead, VIC
  • 2003
    Weave, NTU Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2003
    SistaActs, Maroondah Art Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2002
    Barks in the spotlight, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2001
    Outside in: Research Engagements with Arnhem Land Art, Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT
  • 2001
    Good Colour : prints from Maningrida Womens Centre, Raft Artspace, Darwin
  • 2001
    In the Heart of Arnhem Land. Myth and the making of contemporary Aboriginal art, Musée del l’Hôtel-Dieu, Mantes-la-Jolie, France
  • 2000
    Land mark : mirror mark, University of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT, Touring regional centres
  • 1999
    Young Kuninjku Artists, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 1999
    Bushcolour: Works on paper by female artists from the Maningrida region, Northern Territory University Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 1999
    Claiming Title: Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art and the Land, Touring exhibition
  • 1999
    Art and Place: Collecting Contemporary Art, Northern Territory University Northern Territory University Gallery, Darwin, NT


  • Dr. Colin and Liz Laverty private collection, Sydney, NSW
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Maningrida Collection, Sydney, NSW
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
  • Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • UQ Art Collection, University of Queensland, St Lucia,QLD