Our History

History of Kunwinjku Fine Art

Kunwinjku Fine Art had small beginnings in 2005 when Leslie Nawirridj sold his first paintings independently through a market stall at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Kunwinjku Fine Art moved on to Parap Markets where the business flourished from 2006 to 2020. After 12 months away from the markets due to Covid-19, we re-established our stall at Parap Markets in the dry season of 2021. 

We have an impressive display of original paintings, prints and fibre art for you to view and purchase. We are continuing to trade at the Parap Markets every Saturday during 2023. Kunwinjku Fine Art exhibited and sold Western Arnhem Land artworks to cruise ship passengers at the Fort Hill Wharf cruise ship terminal from 2008 to 2020. 

Leslie Nawirridj demonstrated the techniques of painting Kunwinjku Aboriginal art for many thousands of Australian and international passengers during this time. Our shop was forced to close when the Covid-19 pandemic suspended the cruise ship industry. Leslie is currently painting and selling from his art studio at his home in Darwin, NT. Please make an appointment to visit us here. Or you can find us at the Parap Markets every Saturday morning from 8am to 2pm. We would love to see you there.