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She was born in Bore Creek, east of the Papunya settlement. She painted many stories, such as Seven Sisters, Women Body Painting, and later Tingari and Hair String.

Mary Dixon

Mary Dixon

(1942 - 2020)

The paintings presented here depict mythical stories that happened during the Creation Times of the world. The ancestors wandered through the Warlpiri land and created the landforms: rocks, riverbeds and ponds. They also taught people how to perform ceremonies (dance, sing, and paint their bodies) and how to find and prepare food. They also showed how to make string from human hair and use it.

The concentric circle in the center of the 'Woman Body Painting' represents the ceremonial setting, and the 'U' shapes symbolize seated women. The semicircles represent patterns painted on women's bodies during the ceremony.

In the painting 'Hair String', the sinusoidal line represents a string made of hair, and the concentric circles represent ceremonial places and characteristic landforms.

Mary used precise dotting and used natural earth colors in her works. Her paintings are in many collections in Australia and around the world.

Kathleen Martin – MALA ART GALLERY


The paintings from our collection come first-hand, directly from artists we are friends with, who are among the most important in Australia.


Each painting comes with a certificate of authenticity along with a description of the artist, his work and a photo of his painting.


Embark on a journey through space and time, through endless desert spaces, to the sources of the oldest civilization in the world.

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