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

 

Pencil Yam Seed by Eileen Bird Kngwarreye

Eileen Bird Kngwarreye  |  Pencil Yam Seed

Jap 022091  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 97 cm

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Light Sunset Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Light Sunset Rain

Jap 021891  |  acrylic on canvas  |  227 x 110 cm

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Bush Yam Dreaming by Rochelle Bird Mbitjana

Rochelle Bird Mbitjana  |  Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 021914  |  acrylic on canvas  |  149 x 91 cm

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Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Gloria Napangardi Gill

Gloria Napangardi Gill  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 020590  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 76 cm

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Seven Sisters by Tjungara Ken

Tjungara Ken  |  Seven Sisters

Jap 022585  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 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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Dancing Winds by Yondee Shane Hansen

Yondee Shane Hansen  |  Dancing Winds

Jap 019606  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 80 cm

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My Country by Minnie Nakamarra Nelson

Minnie Nakamarra Nelson  |  My Country

Jap 020559  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Maku Tjukurrpa by Anita Pumani

Anita Pumani  |  Maku Tjukurrpa

Jap 021978  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 121 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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Summer Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Summer Rain

Jap 022067  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 110 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003409  |  acrylic on canvas  |  110 x 100 cm

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Late Sunset – Stinging Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Late Sunset – Stinging Rain

Jap 021887  |  acrylic on canvas  |  227 x 110 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Women’s Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Women’s Law Story

Jap 003414  |  acrylic on canvas  |  146 x 100 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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Midday Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Midday Rain

Jap 022064  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 110 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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Mangki Waterhole by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Mangki Waterhole

Jap 002130  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 61 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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Tingari Cycle by Walter Jangala Brown

Walter Jangala Brown  |  Tingari Cycle

Jap 021950  |  acrylic on linen  |  118 x 89 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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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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Dry Desert Creekbed Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Dry Desert Creekbed Country

Jap 022078  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 60 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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Desert Dry Creekbed Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Desert Dry Creekbed Country

Jap 022079  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 60 cm

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Dry Desert Creek Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Dry Desert Creek Country

Jap 020197  |  acrylic on canvas  |  89 x 85 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.

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