Black and White

Senior Aboriginal artists create beautiful black and white artworks that showcase the design & structure of their traditional art styles.

 

Tingari – Karrkurritinytja by George Ward Tjungurrayi

George Ward Tjungurrayi  |  Tingari – Karrkurritinytja

Jap 011863  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 017077  |  Limited Edition Silkscreen  |  102 x 67 cm

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Warnti by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Warnti

Jap 018802  |  limited edition screenprint  |  31.5 x 42.5 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 019402  |  acrylic on canvas  |  187 x 94 cm

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Sandy Hills by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills

Jap 019547  |  acrylic on linen  |  106 x 61 cm

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Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Karntakurlangu Jukurrpa

Jap 017089  |  Colour aquatint etching  |  44 x 44 cm

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Bush Damper Seed Dreaming by Mary Ross Nabarula

Mary Ross Nabarula  |  Bush Damper Seed Dreaming

Jap 017990  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 89 cm

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Tingari by Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri

Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 012899  |  acrylic on linen  |  178 x 120 cm

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Pirlinyanu by Julie Nangala Robinson

Julie Nangala Robinson  |  Pirlinyanu

Jap 017249  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 91 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 017356  |  mixed media on canvas  |  86 x 56 cm

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Tingari by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi

George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi  |  Tingari

Jap 018382  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Tali Sandhills by Mandy Nakamarra Marshall

Mandy Nakamarra Marshall  |  Tali Sandhills

Jap 019573  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Japingka Dreamtime Story II by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Japingka Dreamtime Story II

Jap 018799  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33.5 x 43.5 cm

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Shell Middens by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Shell Middens

Jap 019013  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 92 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Roseanne Pwerle Morton

Roseanne Pwerle Morton  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019738  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011407  |  acrylic on linen  |  163 x 100 cm

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Sandhill Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Sandhill Country

Jap 018798  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33 x 44.5 cm

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Sandy Hills by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills

Jap 019546  |  acrylic on canvas  |  106 x 61 cm

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Waki Mab by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona  |  Waki Mab

Jap 014319  |  Linocut  |  48 x 61 cm

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Sand Painting – Water Series by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Sand Painting – Water Series

Jap 017997  |  mixed media on canvas  |  76.5 x 36 cm

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Entibera Awelye by Joy Kngwarreye

Joy Kngwarreye  |  Entibera Awelye

Jap 000326  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 120 cm, triptych

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Woman Carrying her Two Boys by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Woman Carrying her Two Boys

Jap 018803  |  limited edition screenprint  |  45.5 x 34 cm

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Zurath AW Dogai (State 1) by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona  |  Zurath AW Dogai (State 1)

Jap 014321  |  Linocut   |  47 x 67 cm

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Sandy Hills & Soakages by Sarah Nabangardi Holmes

Sarah Nabangardi Holmes  |  Sandy Hills & Soakages

Jap 019543  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 61 cm

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Jilamara by Rachel Puruntatameri Merican

Rachel Puruntatameri Merican  |  Jilamara

Jap 015745  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  45 x 45 cm

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Kirrkirr  –  Chicken Hawk by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kirrkirr – Chicken Hawk

Jap 018800  |  limited edition screenprint  |  31 x 40 cm

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Womens Ceremony at Warren Creek by Lorna Brown Napanangka

Lorna Brown Napanangka  |  Womens Ceremony at Warren Creek

Jap 012179  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 95 cm

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Ngurra Wanjulajarra by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Ngurra Wanjulajarra

Jap 018797  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33 x 45.5 cm

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Coral Reef by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Coral Reef

Jap 019204  |  acrylic on canvas  |  185 x 95 cm

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Parapara Karparn and Wirrikari by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Parapara Karparn and Wirrikari

Jap 018801  |  limited edition screenprint  |  30 x 44.5 cm

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Gnamma Holes by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Gnamma Holes

Jap 019399  |  acrylic on canvas  |  188 x 96 cm

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Many Aboriginal artists have created a distinctive sense of their own style by using a restricted palette of black and white in their paintings. A brief look at the approaches of several artists highlights how they have used the contrast and design qualities created through black and white to strengthen their message.

The black and white format is successfully used by Mt Liebig artist Lily Kelly Napangardi to create a feeling of the vast sandhill terrain that dominates her desert homelands. By varying the intensity and tone of the white dotting on a black background, Lily Kelly achieves a sense of a grand, shifting landscape that has a sense of mystery attached to it.

Anna Petyarre, who draws on the landscapes around Boundary Bore on the Utopia homelands, uses finely dotted black and white linear designs to create her country. The structures, like those of Lily Kelly, suggest the effects of wind and water on the desert landscape. Long lines of sandhills with meandering watercourses are revealed as structures of great importance to Anna’s ancestral stories.

Eva Nelson Napaltjarri uses intricate black and white dotting in her paintings of the Ngadajirri or Budgerigar Dreaming story from Mt Dennison, in Central Australia. She creates the contours and waterholes of the site where the Budgerigars flock at nesting time. The fine contrasts of the black and white treatment suggest both the minute detail and scale of the birds’ environment.

Veteran desert artist Ronnie Tjampitjinpa uses a bold linear style to create the symbols associated with Water Dreaming and the Tingari stories from Pintupi country. By reducing the forms to black and white Ronnie starkly maps out the designs as they have been created since ancient times as sand paintings or incised designs on artefacts or rock surfaces. While the Aboriginal artists’ approaches in this collection vary greatly, all manage to achieve a distinctive quality by using the limited contrast found in black and white.

Gloria Petyarre
Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
Margaret Lewis Napangardi
Mitjili Napurrula
Colours of the Earth
Dorothy Napangardi & Kim West Napurrula