Gold

Yellow ochre was one of the original colours used by Aboriginal artists, today many shades of gold & yellow suggest colours of early morning & golden light

 

Kungkarungkalpa by Womens Collaborative

Womens Collaborative  |  Kungkarungkalpa

Jap 017678  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 137 cm

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Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming

Jap 015883  |  acrylic on linen  |  148 x 94 cm

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Awelye – Body Paint by Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle  |  Awelye – Body Paint

Jap 019596  |  acrylic on linen  |  148 x 60 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000759  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 45 cm

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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019606  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 80 cm

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Water Dreaming by Kellyanne Nungarrayi Gibson

Kellyanne Nungarrayi Gibson  |  Water Dreaming

Jap 019445  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 122 cm

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Dry Desert Creek Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Dry Desert Creek Country

Jap 019525  |  acrylic on canvas  |  72 x 43 cm

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Hot Day Cold Night by Irene Namok

Irene Namok  |  Hot Day Cold Night

Jap 013748  |  acrylic on linen  |  95 x 66 cm

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Kana-kurlangu Jukurrpa – Digging Stick Dreaming by Dorothy Napangardi

Dorothy Napangardi  |  Kana-kurlangu Jukurrpa – Digging Stick Dreaming

Jap 017086  |  Colour aquatint etching  |  59 x 46 cm

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Tjukurrpa – Women by Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri  |  Tjukurrpa – Women

Jap 008412  |  acrylic on linen  |  152 x 122 cm

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Songlines by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Songlines

Jap 019401  |  acrylic on canvas  |  190 x 70 cm

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Marrapinti by Esther Bruno Nangala

Esther Bruno Nangala  |  Marrapinti

Jap 019591  |  acrylic on linen  |  181 x 121 cm

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Dry Desert Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Dry Desert Country

Jap 019589  |  acrylic on canvas  |  73 x 73 cm

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Untitled – Ancestral Country by Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa

Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa  |  Untitled – Ancestral Country

Jap 011807  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Lupulnga by Makinti Napanangka & Narabri Nakamarra Reid

Makinti Napanangka & Narabri Nakamarra Reid  |  Lupulnga

Jap 000686  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Earth Cycles – Fire by Tarisse King

Tarisse King  |  Earth Cycles – Fire

Jap 016974  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 90 cm

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Ngaminya – Ancestral Country by Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala  |  Ngaminya – Ancestral Country

Jap 019583  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 50 cm

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Pencil Yam Seed by Eileen Bird Kngwarreye

Eileen Bird Kngwarreye  |  Pencil Yam Seed

Jap 018705  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 60 cm

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Loomoogoo – Blue Tongue Dreaming by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Loomoogoo – Blue Tongue Dreaming

Jap 019367  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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My Country by Daphne Larry Nampitjinpa

Daphne Larry Nampitjinpa  |  My Country

Jap 014274  |  acrylic on linen  |  60 x 46 cm

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Agile Wallaby by Gabriel Maringgurra

Gabriel Maringgurra  |  Agile Wallaby

Jap 017583  |  Etching  |  34 x 24 cm

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Water & Lightning Rain Dreaming by Long Jack Phillipus

Long Jack Phillipus  |  Water & Lightning Rain Dreaming

Jap 000664  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 61 cm

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Culture Day by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Culture Day

Jap 013824  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 cm

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Afternoon Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Afternoon Rain

Jap 017933  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 70 cm

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Awelye Atnwengerrp by Galya Pwerle

Galya Pwerle  |  Awelye Atnwengerrp

Jap 004533  |  acrylic on linen  |  70 x 55 cm

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Marrapinti by Esther Bruno Nangala

Esther Bruno Nangala  |  Marrapinti

Jap 019590  |  acrylic on linen  |  181 x 90 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaf by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaf

Jap 019863  |  acrylic on linen  |  206 x 150 cm

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Ngiya Jilamara II by Janice Murray Pungautiji

Janice Murray Pungautiji  |  Ngiya Jilamara II

Jap 015735  |  natural ochres on linen  |  30 x 30 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001062  |  acrylic on canvas  |  182 x 138 cm

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Tingari by Walala Tjapaltjarri

Walala Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 016528  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 75 cm

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Matamarta by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Matamarta

Jap 010515  |  acrylic on canvas  |  147 x 140 cm

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Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003398  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 100 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Rosemary Petyarre

Rosemary Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 017106  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Kirriwirri and Yurnpurr by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kirriwirri and Yurnpurr

Jap 002718  |  acrylic on canvas  |  172 x 113 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 000564  |  acrylic on linen  |  117 x 114 cm

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Gold & Yellow

The colours of the yellow gold spectrum have been used by contemporary Aboriginal artists to give a sense of lightness and open space. The colours are associated with softer light of dawn and in the large spaces of desert landscape. Artists like Eubena Nampitjin used a warm palette of yellow, red and white to create the forms related to sacred sites from her country. Eubena used gold colour in large areas and included it in a great many paintings – it has become a signature quality of her work. Artists like Kudditji Kngwarreye create the mood of their country relying solely on colour, which he used in large blocks. It is therefore expected that some of his paintings are keyed in to tones of gold to create a particular mood and sense of space. Gloria Petyarre has used gold tones in some of her Bush Medicine Leaves paintings, creating a shimmering sense of the movement and richness to her subject.

Makinti Napanangka in her mature style used bands of colour that often featured gold colours, to represent the woven ornaments made by women for ceremonial occasions. The twisting strands of colour relate to weaving the hair string adornments and use of gold colours heightens the significance of this ritual process. Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa often uses gold tones in her sinuous lines of sandhills that make up the terrain of her home country.

Many other contemporary Indigenous artists have strongly favoured gold colours in their rich selection of colours, including Lorna Napurrula Fencer, Minnie Pwerle, Polly Ngale, Galya Pwerle and Queenie McKenzie. The brilliant effects of colour are one of the artistic features used by these artists to reinforce the importance of the subject matter they are presenting.