Fine Art Prints and Paintings

Over the years Djilpin Arts have worked with Basil Hall Editions, master printmakers from Darwin, to produce exquisite and unique series’ of fine art prints and paintings.

This work is on exhibition and for sale at both galleries.


Artists have continued to work with Basil, creating four series of etchings around the theme of gapu (water).

Gapu I – Billabong

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This series of 18 etchings was developed by young Rittharngu/Wagalak men during a workshop in 2007. New to the technique, each artist depicted billabong scenes, animals, fish and plants that feature in their daily lives. The result is a series of delightfully whimsical prints in limited editions of 30.

Gapu II

These artists are from Mialli (West Arnhem) and Rittharngu/Wagilak (North East Arnhem) language groups. Each artist has depicted scenes around ‘gapu’ (water) that are central to their daily lives and to the extensive cultural knowledge system of remote Arnhem Land. The result is a limited edition print run of 30.”

Gapu III

These 11 etchings are by artists are from Mialli (West Arnhem) and Wagilak (North East Arnhem) language groups.

Gapu IV

In this series both men and women worked on intricate line drawings of animals, plants and birds from the region. The new prints were launched at Art Melbourne.


This series of five silk screens were developed during an artists workshop at Beswick in 2007 with Darwin printmaker Basil Hall. Five established painters used the silk screen technique for the first time to produce this stunning series in editions of 20 or 40. Printed on high quality, acid-free archive paper, each print comes complete with authenticity certificate and is signed by the artist.

Franklin Weston Frankie LaneRoy AshleyLes JohnsonMicky Hall
One of the silk screen artists is Roy Ashley. His work tells the story of a quiet snake (ghunthurru) it dwells in a stony place called Wardamhun. Ngambi is a stone spear. The stone axe is called Gharpumardah. All come from the place called Ngilibitji for all the Wagalag clan Dhuwa. When the stone axes and stone spears were traded from here they are a symbol of law from our ceremony called Mardijan and is it shared throughout Arnhemland. When we dance these are the symbols that we have on our bodies.


At our Galleries in Beswick and Katherine you can see original and authentic artworks in both traditional and contemporary styles, including paintings on bark, canvas and paper. They tell stories from the dreaming or current daily life, often depicting the animals, plants and places that are important to Aboriginal people. Up to 50 artists from across the region are represented by Djilpin Arts, and we purchase artworks from them on a regular basis.