Hughie Ah Won bio

d.o.b: 1965

Birthsite:                              Barkley Tablelands, NT

Language/Tribal Group:         Wunambul / Djubidja 

“My name is Hughie Ah Won, I am a Wunambul man, my skin is Djubidja. I paint the Wandjina and stories that were told to me from my elders of the Wunambul tribal. I paint these stories hoping to pass them onto the younger generation of the Kimberley region”.



Hughie Ah Won was born on Creswell Downs Station, Barkley Tablelands, NT in 1965.  His father was working as a stockman on the station at the time.  Hughie’s father, Edward Ahwon was from Spring Creek Station, WA and his mother, Gracie Ned was from Borroloola in the Northern Territory.

Hughie, his brother Robert and sisters Susan, Marjorie and Audrey grew up and went to school in Wyndham.  After Hughie finished school he worked as both a stockman and a house painter for several years before commencing work in government departments such as Aboriginal Legal Services and Children’s Services.  

Incredibly, given the depth of his talent, Hughie only started painting seriously in 2007. His inspiration to paint came from the old boab carvers in Wyndham. They hadn’t had the eduction that Hughie had, but they had life experience and incredible talent. His mentor was Octa Carroll (father of senior ochre artist Tommy Carroll) and then Alan Carroll and Leslie Evans.

Hughie realised that people in Wyndham were interested in his artworks and started selling locally and in Kununurra for Waringarri Arts in 2008.   In 2009 Hughie and his family moved to Adelaide temporarily where he entered an art competition for the creation of a calendar and his work was chosen to be represented for the month of April.

In early 2010, keen to learn more of the technical aspects of painting, Hughie moved to Cairns where there is a huge art culture.  Recognising his immense talent, a local gallery started working directly with Hughie.  As well as painting his incredible artworks, Hughie also produced stunning etchings and lino cuts.

Hughie now resides in Kununurra, East Kimberley with his family.  Inspired by his country, he continues to create his amazing works.

The Art of Hughie Ah Won

Urban Wandjina - the Unique Art of Hughie Ah Won


Hughie Ah Won has had a colourful life.  


He comes from the beautiful hot red land of The Kimberley in far north Western Australia, and has travelled vast tracts of the country, towns and cities of Australia. He has always taken the stories and Spirits of his culture with him to these urban places - the Wandjina have shared his journey. 


Hughie has returned to his homeland of The Kimberley and now paints his stories and the Dreamtime Spirits to pass on to the younger generation of his people.   His works exude colour - both aesthetically and spiritually in the way he represents how the stories and Spirits are woven into the country and into the cities.  The Wandjina are at home in the quiet of the Kimberley, however, whilst enjoying the curiosities of the city, they are eager to share with the urban culture stories of their existence and traditions and also reminders to “pull over” and “learn to be still”.  Hughie Ah Won presents these stories and reminders by way of his exhibition “URBAN WANDJINA”.

King Sisters Pop Art

The exhibition of paintings by Sarrita and Tarisse King opened last night.  There were a lot of new works and new styles by these amazing artists who are forever evolving with thought provoking paintings that, not only have a huge depth of knowledge about the country, but also relate really well to viewers who stand in awe of some of the huge canvases.   

Pommery Champagne commissioned Sarrita to paint a special series of works.  These paintings featured on a new art label on their latest champagne bottles.  Both the paintings and the bottles are on display in the foyer at the Hilton Hotel.  More works on level 4 in the gallery.



Red Desert Dreamings Gallery is holding an exciting exhibition by  Aboriginal sister artists, Sarrita and Tarisse King at "NO VACANCY GALLERY"  at Federation Square.  If you're after a great work by well-known artists without breaking the art budget then this exhibition is well worth a visit.

We have chosen a range of interesting works in very different styles by the King sisters for this exhibition.


The exhibition will run from Tuesday 12 March until Sunday 31 March, 2013.


No Vacancy Gallery

Tenancy 32

The Atrium

Federation Square

Melbourne 3000

PH: 03 9663 3798

Tues-Sat 11.00 - 5.00

Sun 12.00 - 5.00

King sister's exhibition is still creating interest

Sarrita and Tarisse King's exhibition has created a huge interest, not only from the Aboriginal art buyers but also from the contemporary art buyers.

  A couple of paintings have already left the exhibition to take pride of place; one at a corporate office and another at a new home in Sydney.  The space left empty has been filled with more wonderful works that have been painted especially for this exhibition.

see artworks by Sarrita

see artworks by Tarisse




Aboriginal Art at the Hilton Hotel, South Wharf

The exhibition featuring Aboriginal sisters, Tarisse and Saritta King

The exhibition opened to a very appreciate audience at the Hilton Hotel, South Wharf last Wednesday.  Both the artists were present to answer the many inquisitive questions, the main one which has always been asked as long as I've been involved with Aboriginal art is "How long does it take to paint this?". 

The attention to detail and the design of the works was outstanding, even the staff at the Hilton were extremely positive and said how much they loved the works in this exhibition.

Red Desert Dreamings Gallery were sponsored by both the Hilton Hotel and also Tellurian Wines and all the visitors were treated to brilliant wines from this Victorian vineyard, all handled expertly by the Hilton staff.




Aboriginal sisters, Tarisse and Saritta King and their "Country of Kings" exhibition

Opening night Wednesday 21st November, 2012 exhibition goes until Sunday 13th January, 2013

We are currently getting the paintings ready to be hung in the foyer at the Hilton for the exhibition opening on Wednesday.  As with all exhibitions there is always the final touches that have to be done, like the final few that need to be stretched, the spreadsheet with all the  painting details to be printed for opening night, the right lighting, enough  wires to hang the works etc etc....but saying all that, this exhibition is very exciting for many reasons...the artists, Saritta and Tarisse will be attending the opening and also doing some painting in the foyer for the first few days.

Both artists are also more than happy to speak about their works, the country that they are passionate about painting and the culture that is so important and the pivotal point for each and every painting done.  The opportunity to meet the artists and see them at work is something not to be missed.  Both Saritta and Tarisse are also willing to paint pieces on commission and are there to discuss all the options.

 This is going to be a truly amazing exhibition of works and one that will please every art lover.   Whilst it holds all the  traditions that the two sisters have been taught by their father, both artists have evolved as true contemporary artists of today and this is reflected in all their works.  The two sisters have collaborated on many of the "Our Country" works to produce huge pieces that would hang proudly in any boardroom, home or private gallery anywhere in the world. 

The other interesting aspect of this exhibition are a couple of paintings that the girls have collaborated with Aboriginal artist, Mitjili Napurrula.  Mitjili's bold, individual  designs of bushfood seeds and plants done in black and white form a startling contrast to the country that Saritta and Tarisse paint in their own detailed style.

More information on the exhibition


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collaboration by Mitjili Napurrula, Tarisse King, Saritta King