Thommo Nganjmirra

Thommo Nganjmirra

Skin name: Nawamud
Language: Kunwinjku
Dreaming: Yirridjdja
Clan: Djalama
Dance: Yawkyawk Djang
Date of birth: 1954-12-06
From: Marlwon
Community: Oenpelli : NT


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Thommo Nganjmirra is senior artist at Injalak and a consummate draftsman, depicting the Kunwinjku natural world and its stories with fidelity and meticulous skill. Having begun painting as a young man, his work has by now developed an elegant ease that flows from his mastery of manyilk (the traditional sedge brush) and his instinctive compositional sense. His fine linework is almost delicate at times, but overall his style is one of classic refinement and balance.

With his extensive knowledge of the rock art adorning the caves of Injalak Hill, Thompson is one of Injalak’s most highly regarded tour guides. He comes from an artistic family; he is the son of Jimmy Nakurrudjilmi Nganjmirra and brother of Robin Nganjmirra. His mother is Mary Nganjmirra.

Group exhibitions

  • 2017 Mayhmayh -Different Birds, Works on paper, bark and hollow logs, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin
  • 2016 Interiors-Fabric panels, Framed the Darwin Gallery
  • 2016 Wearables, Festival del Caribe, Santiago de Cuba
  • 2016 12th Festival of Pacific Art - Group Exhibition, Guam Museum, Guam
  • 2015 Wearables, Tactile Arts Gallery, Darwin
  • 2013 Wurrkabal, Netanya Resort, Noosa QLD
  • 2009 Ochre and Rust, Indigenart, Perth WA
  • 2008 Sex Spirits & Sorcery, Mossenson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
  • 1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy


  • Artbank,Sydney Australian Museum, Sydney
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Arnotts Collections, Sydney
  • Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra
  • The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica,U.S.A.
  • National Museum of Australia Bark Painting Collection, Canberra, Australia


  • Parker, Adrian, Images in Ochre: The Art and Craft of the Kunwinjku, JB Publishing, 1997
  • Kunwinjku Art from Injalak 1991- 1992, The John W. Kluge Commission, Museum Arts International Pty, Ltd. North Adelaide, 1994