Top Ten Australian Aboriginal Artists

Top Ten Australian Aboriginal Artists

aborigines.jpgAfter the high level of interest in my recent post on buying Australian Aboriginal art and considering that Australian Aboriginal art is one of my specialties, I thought that I would go into a little more detail on the subject and share some more of my knowledge and experience. Having spent many years collecting, studying and being involved with Aboriginal art and working with Aboriginal artists I have been able to gain an in depth knowledge of the movement and an extensive understanding of the market.

Because of the large number of artists and the existence of so many fakes and forgeries, the two most important decisions that anyone will make when investing in Aboriginal art is which artist to invest in and where to purchase the work from. To make the decision easier I have included a list of my top ten Aboriginal artists and my top ten Aboriginal art galleries. I chose the artists based on the potential for their work to increase in value which is why most of the artists I have chosen are from the last generation of full blood Indigenous Australian’s and as such will become more desirable and more in demand over time. The galleries were chosen based on their reputation, commitment to ethical practice and quality of works offered for sale.

Top Ten Australian Aboriginal Artists:

Makinti Napanangka
Kudditji Kngwarreye
Ronnie Tjampitjipa
Judy Napangardi Watson
Dennis Nona
Ngoi Napaltjarri Pollard
George Tjungurrayi
Linda Syddick Napaltjarri
Doctor George Tjapaltjarri
Abie Loy

Top Ten Australia Aboriginal Art Galleries:

Nick**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

9 Responses

  1. nick,

    thanks for the interesting article. On the Aboriginal Art Directory the top artists are:

    minnie pwerle
    gloria petyarre
    ronnie tjampitjinpa
    makinti napanangka
    walangkura napanangka
    kathleen petyarre
    walala tjapaltjarri
    naata nungurrayi
    tjunkiya napaltjarri
    ningura napurrula
    emily kame kngwarreye
    george ward tjungurrayi
    barbara weir
    mitjili napurrula

    This reflects the number of art centres and galleries that sell or exhibit the artists’ work.

  2. I can certainly see why the artists in your list are popular. I own works by several of those myself. Thanks for your comment

    Nicholas Forrest

    • well i can see you point of view but most of my family do their own art and are sold in galleries……..

  3. What about my two favourites – Lin Onus and Rover Thomas?

  4. Doris Bush, Papunya artist…. my no. 1

  5. We just sold two pieces of art from Tjunkiya Napaltjarri in the US at Auction for around $10,000 each. There is clearly a market there for the Napaltjarri family..

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  7. Can anyone inform me re. Patju Presley? Any bio information or auction results (if any)? Approximate prices for work?
    Thank you!

  8. For posting this list of top 10 Australian Artists. Actually, Aboriginal art refers to a type of art that belongs to Australian Aborigines and now become too popular in USA.

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