Black and White

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

 

Tali – Sandhill Country by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi   |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 011550  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 76 cm

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Sandhills and River Bed Country by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  Sandhills and River Bed Country

Jap 015463  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Tali – Sandhills by Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan

Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 016612  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Tali – Sandhills by Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan

Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 016613  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Tali – Sandhills by Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan

Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan  |  Tali – Sandhills

Jap 016615  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Vaughan Springs Dreaming by Renelle Napanangka McCormack

Renelle Napanangka McCormack  |  Vaughan Springs Dreaming

Jap 016189  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 46 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Valda Napangardi Granites

Valda Napangardi Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 016629  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Valda Napangardi Granites

Valda Napangardi Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 016630  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Valda Napangardi Granites

Valda Napangardi Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 016632  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Ngapa – Water Dreaming by Janet Long Nakamarra

Janet Long Nakamarra  |  Ngapa – Water Dreaming

Jap 012474  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 40 cm

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My Country by Tarisse King

Tarisse King  |  My Country

Jap 016581  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Earth Images by Tarisse King

Tarisse King  |  Earth Images

Jap 013128  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 91 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Joylene Reid Napangardi

Joylene Reid Napangardi  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011696  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Bush Yam Dreaming by Freda Price Pwerle

Freda Price Pwerle  |  Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 015482  |  acrylic on canvas   |  149 x 91 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 014907  |  acrylic on canvas  |  245 x 148 cm

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Womens Ceremony by Joylene Reid Napangardi

Joylene Reid Napangardi  |  Womens Ceremony

Jap 015532  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Dingo Dreaming by Lanita Numina

Lanita Numina  |  Dingo Dreaming

Jap 015975  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 97 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Elsie Napanangka Granites

Elsie Napanangka Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 013114  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 99 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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Country Design by Melissa Sandy

Melissa Sandy  |  Country Design

Jap 013784  |  acrylic on canvas   |  99 x 80 cm

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Sandhills and River Bed Country by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  Sandhills and River Bed Country

Jap 014899  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 011409  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 122 cm

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Tingari – Karrkurritinytja by George Ward Tjungurrayi

George Ward Tjungurrayi  |  Tingari – Karrkurritinytja

Jap 011863  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 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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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 015061  |  acrylic on linen  |  179 x 119 cm

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 015073  |  acrylic on linen  |  291 x 192 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Margaret Lewis Napangardi

Margaret Lewis Napangardi  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 012987  |  acrylic on linen  |  189 x 119 cm

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My Country by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa  |  My Country

Jap 013253  |  acrylic on linen  |  203 x 195 cm

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 015054  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Gurrindji Janginyina by Sarrita King

Sarrita King  |  Gurrindji Janginyina

Jap 014072  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 120 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Elsie Napanangka Granites

Elsie Napanangka Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 013102  |  acrylic on linen  |  92 x 91 cm

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Ngaw Kukuwam / The Lovers by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona  |  Ngaw Kukuwam / The Lovers

Jap 014318  |  Linocut  |  48 x 61 cm

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Naath (State 1) by Dennis Nona

Dennis Nona  |  Naath (State 1)

Jap 014320  |  Linocut  |  50 x 61 cm

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Sandhills and River Bed Country by Delvine Petyarre

Delvine Petyarre  |  Sandhills and River Bed Country

Jap 013585  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 91 cm

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Tali – Sand Dunes by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa  |  Tali – Sand Dunes

Jap 015792  |  acrylic on linen  |  71 x 56 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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Jilamara by Rachel Puruntatameri Merican

Rachel Puruntatameri Merican  |  Jilamara

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

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 013338  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 015059  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 89 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Jeannie Petyarre

Jeannie Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 013328  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 45 cm

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Uwalki Watiya Tjuta by Mitjili Napurrula

Mitjili Napurrula  |  Uwalki Watiya Tjuta

Jap 015052  |  acrylic on linen  |  123 x 33 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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Tali – Sandhill Country by Lily Kelly Napangardi

Lily Kelly Napangardi  |  Tali – Sandhill Country

Jap 012252  |  acrylic on linen  |  112 x 102 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Elsie Napanangka Granites

Elsie Napanangka Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 013127  |  acrylic on linen  |  92 x 76 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012336  |  acrylic on linen  |  203 x 140 cm

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Womens Ceremony by Maureen Ward Nakamarra

Maureen Ward Nakamarra  |  Womens Ceremony

Jap 014127  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Elsie Napanangka Granites

Elsie Napanangka Granites  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 012112  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Goanna Love Story by Debra Nangala McDonald

Debra Nangala McDonald  |  Goanna Love Story

Jap 012992  |  acrylic on linen  |  92 x 60 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 012713  |  acrylic on linen  |  142 x 61 cm

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Sandhills and River Bed Country by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  Sandhills and River Bed Country

Jap 014939  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Picanninny Creek by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Picanninny Creek

Jap 011257  |  ochre on canvas  |  76 x 50 cm

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Sandhills and River Bed Country by Anna Petyarre

Anna Petyarre  |  Sandhills and River Bed Country

Jap 014947  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 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.

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