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Damien Marks & Yilpi Marks

Damien Marks & Yilpi Marks

Damien & Yilpi Marks - Husband and wife duo use major iconography of the Central Desert to tell stories of their homelands.

Damien Marks & Yilpi Marks

The paintings of Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks cross into new areas of contemporary Aboriginal art. The iconography is inherited from some of the major Aboriginal art figures of the Central Desert movement. Damien Marks was taught by the great artists Billy Stockman, Uta Uta Jangala and Clifford Possum, and the placement of ceremonial artefacts and symbols were important statements in the structures of the paintings.

The compositions of paintings by Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks become more organic, bringing in references to the country and place – ranges and hills, watercourses, rocky ground, flood areas, grass lands and areas for gathering bush tucker. The palette of colour is highly intense, bringing out the contrasts between these various segments of the country.

Reds, oranges and browns are built up in certain areas, often to be contrasted to areas of blues, greens and bright yellows, and then to areas of black and white. The whole effect is to create vibrant movement across the canvas, amplified by strong colour contrasts and dramatic shapes.

While some aspects of these paintings suggest the traditional painting style of Central Australia, there is enough urgent energy in these works to say that the style has an edge of the modern.

Viewers often see the jangling colour placements and hectic energy as the first impressions received, before all the visual elements come together.

The paintings of this team, Damien Marks and Yilpi Marks, have the potential to open up new avenues for their generation of Aboriginal artists.

Aboriginal art status – Rising Stars.

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 014105  |  acrylic on linen  |  190 x 120 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 014285  |  acrylic on linen  |  189 x 150 cm

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Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 014286  |  acrylic on linen  |  189 x 120 cm

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Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 014289  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 90 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 011202  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

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Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 013906  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 90 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 011204  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

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Hairstring Belt by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  Hairstring Belt

Jap 012090  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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Hailstorm by Damien and Yilpi Marks

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Jap 013270  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 012084  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 011468  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 013985  |  acrylic on linen  |  89 x 60 cm

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Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 013991  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 60 cm

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Hailstorm by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  Hailstorm

Jap 012480  |  acrylic on linen  |  121 x 99 cm

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My Country by Damien and Yilpi Marks

Damien and Yilpi Marks  |  My Country

Jap 011201  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

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