Barney Ellaga

Barney was born around 1939 in the Minyerri region of the Northern Territory. Barney is a senior law-man in the Alawa community. Alawa people live on the upper reaches of the Cox and Arnold rivers, south of the Roper River and west of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Barney paints in a style where each line represents a different aspect of his country.
BARNEY IS KNOWN TO BE AN INNOVATIVE, PROGRESSIVE CONTEMPORARY ARTIST. ALTHOUGH HIS JUKURRPA (STORIES) HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR MANY THOUSANDS OF YEARS HIS STYLE IS MODERN AND UNIQUE
Group Exhibitions 1989 Utopia & Ngukurr, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1991 Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1992 Tandanya Aboriginal River Calendar, SA; Gulf Country, Christine Abrahams Gallery, in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; Ngundungunya Artists, Hogarth Gallery, Sydney, in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1993 Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1994 Gallerie Australis, Adelaide in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne; Australian Heritage Commission Art Award & Exhibition, Canberra. 1995 The Twelfth National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. Hogarth Galleries, Sydney in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1996 All About Art, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1996/97 Cafè Alcaston, in conjunction with Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne. 1997 Ngundungunya: Art for Everyone. National Gallery of Victoria; Beat Strit – Art of South East Arnhem Land, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne. 1998 Recent Acquisitions, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Solo Exhibitions 1999 Alawa Country, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne. 2000 All Alawa, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
COLLECTIONS: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne National Gallery of Australia, Canberra *National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., SA ; Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth; Laverty Collection, Sydney; Numerous collections Australia and internationally
Also in 2003 and 2004 at Coco’s Aboriginals Arts from Katherine, were asked by the Australian Embassy in Paris to Exhibit Aboriginal Art by Paddy Fordham Wainburranga , Lorna Fencer Napurrula, Barney Ellaga and Chrystalline Petersen Kamarra , Billy Yalawanga and Bill Harney. With the help of Graziella Queron and Annick from St Auvent Castle, Limoge area an Aboriginal Art exhibition was held in there castle.