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Gold Colour Collection

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

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Gold

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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Kungka Kutjarra – Hairstring Ceremony by Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka  |  Kungka Kutjarra – Hairstring Ceremony

Jap 004690  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 99 cm

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Manara – Grinding Stone by Summer Matthews

Summer Matthews  |  Manara – Grinding Stone

Jap 006438  |  glass  |  30 x 18 cm

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Manara Coolamon by Summer Matthews

Summer Matthews  |  Manara Coolamon

Jap 006450  |  glass  |  60 x 40 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Narpula Scobie Napurrula

Narpula Scobie Napurrula  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 011562  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Ancestral Country by Marlene Young Nungurrayi

Marlene Young Nungurrayi  |  Ancestral Country

Jap 012065  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 75 cm

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Minjin by Julia Lawford

Julia Lawford  |  Minjin

Jap 002488  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 61 cm

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Purkumanu – Artist’s Country by Elsie Thomas

Elsie Thomas  |  Purkumanu – Artist’s Country

Jap 001977  |  acrylic on canvas  |  151 x 84 cm

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Flying Out from Double Stone by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Flying Out from Double Stone

Jap 013690  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 89 cm

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Coreyuldo Tjukurrpa – Owl Dreaming by Esther Giles Nampitjinpa

Esther Giles Nampitjinpa  |  Coreyuldo Tjukurrpa – Owl Dreaming

Jap 008267  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 76 cm

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Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 010332  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 60 cm

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Coolabah Seed by Maudie Jerrold

Maudie Jerrold  |  Coolabah Seed

Jap 013615  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 88 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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Jawirrpa by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Jawirrpa

Jap 001694  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 78 cm

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Awelye Atnwengerrp by Galya Pwerle

Galya Pwerle  |  Awelye Atnwengerrp

Jap 004662  |  acrylic on linen  |  70 x 55 cm

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Bush Flowers by Janelle Stockman

Janelle Stockman  |  Bush Flowers

Jap 000255  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

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Two Women Dreaming by Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka  |  Two Women Dreaming

Jap 000694  |  acrylic on linen  |  181 x 120 cm

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Emu Bush Tucker by Pansy Sambo

Pansy Sambo  |  Emu Bush Tucker

Jap 011293  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 89 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 007527  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 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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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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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 011867  |  acrylic in linen  |  180 x 60 cm

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Walu by Carol Maanyatja Golding

Carol Maanyatja Golding  |  Walu

Jap 011888  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 76 cm

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Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 000896  |  acrylic on linen  |  120x90 cm

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Water Dreaming by Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson

Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson  |  Water Dreaming

Jap 013366  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

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Open Seas –  Stinging Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Open Seas – Stinging Rain

Jap 011619  |  acrylic on canvas  |  108 x 86 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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Lungki by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Lungki

Jap 005540  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 87 cm

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Tali – Sand Dune Country by Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa

Maureen Hudson Nampijinpa  |  Tali – Sand Dune Country

Jap 012450  |  acrylic on canvas  |  182 x 122 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 011865  |  acrylic in linen  |  150 x 60 cm

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Alhalkere – My Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Alhalkere – My Country

Jap 000563  |  acrylic on linen  |  178 x 117 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 001009  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 004093  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 86 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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Awelye Atnwengerrp by Emily Pwerle

Emily Pwerle  |  Awelye Atnwengerrp

Jap 004528  |  acrylic on linen  |  70 x 55 cm

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Kurtararta  – Two Brothers by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kurtararta – Two Brothers

Jap 002747  |  acrylic on canvas  |  144 x 114 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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Women’s Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 005120  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 62 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001293  |  acrylic on canvas  |  139 x 167 cm

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Midjul by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Midjul

Jap 000188  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 75 cm

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Awelye – Anemangkerr by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 003751  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 60 cm

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Kame – Pencil Yam Seed by Judy Purvis Kngwarreye

Judy Purvis Kngwarreye  |  Kame – Pencil Yam Seed

Jap 003753  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

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Awelye – Anemangkerr by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Anemangkerr

Jap 003752  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Kinyu by Eubena Nampitjin

Eubena Nampitjin  |  Kinyu

Jap 000187  |  acrylic on linen  |  100 x 100 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam Dreaming

Jap 001526  |  acrylic on canvas  |  167 x 144 cm

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Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country by Katherine Marshall Nakamarra

Katherine Marshall Nakamarra  |  Tjintjintjin – My Mother’s Country

Jap 010737  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Apmere – Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Apmere – Country

Jap 004082  |  acrylic on linen  |  149 x 118 cm

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Two Women Dreaming by Makinti Napanangka

Makinti Napanangka  |  Two Women Dreaming

Jap 000695  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 119 cm

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