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Ochre Colour Collection

Ochre pigments from the iron-rich earth in Australia gave Aboriginal artists their first colours, in tones of yellows, oranges, reds and browns

Ochre

Australian pigments mined from the earth gave Aboriginal artists their original palette of colours created by the iron content in the soils. Much of the central and northern landscape is dominated by the red earth that is the result of the oxidised iron content in the soil. When found in soft porous form the ochres could be broken and crushed to produce pigments that were easy to use for painting , for body decoration, and for colouring artefacts and fibres used for decoration.

The colours available in ochre form varied from deep purple reds to red-browns, orange-reds, pinks and yellows. Ochres that were sourced as yellows could be heated in the fire to turn to a darker orange tone. Colours were traded across the Australian continent, and highly prized deep reds were moved along trade routes across the Central desert. The ochres were associated with ceremonies where the dancers marked symbolic designs on their bodies to identify clan groups and totems.

The ochre colours were complemented by the use of white from calcium based pipe clay and black from ground charcoal, both these colours being part of the original traditional colour palette but not from an ochre base.

Communities in the north of Australia continue to use the ochre colours in their artwork, most notably from the Kimberley – Warmun, Mowanjum, Kalumburu – and from Arnhem Land – Oenpelli, Maningrida, Yirrkala, Tiwi Islands and other coastal communities. The colours have a warm earthy tone and carry the texture of the earth, as well as being capable of being used for very fine line work by skilled artists. Contemporary artists use ochre on canvas, paper and bark and the styles vary greatly according to the region and culture where the artists reside.

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Wandjina Rain Spirit by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Wandjina Rain Spirit

Jap 006137  |  ochre on linen  |  92 x 60 cm

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Cradle by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Cradle

Jap 007083

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Mussels by Artist unknown - Groote Island

Artist unknown - Groote Island  |  Mussels

Jap 006124  |  bark

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Body Design by Susan Wanji Wanji

Susan Wanji Wanji  |  Body Design

Jap 013790  |  ochre on canvas  |  99 x 50 cm

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Malardie by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  Malardie

Jap 013791  |  ochre on canvas  |  80 x 60 cm

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Pukamani Pole by Tess Tipungwuti

Tess Tipungwuti  |  Pukamani Pole

Jap 010554  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 70 cm

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Waterholes by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Waterholes

Jap 011572  |  ochre on bark  |  120 x 44 cm

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Two Wandjinas by Regina Karadada

Regina Karadada  |  Two Wandjinas

Jap 006594  |  acrylic on canvas  |  197 x 67 cm

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Nyrila Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyrila Rockhole

Jap 006303  |  ochre on canvas  |  116 x 96 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004939  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 124 cm

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Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs by Madigan Thomas

Madigan Thomas  |  Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs

Jap 000674  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 011573  |  ochre on bark  |  132 x 50 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004933  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 124 cm

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Purnululu by Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin  |  Purnululu

Jap 000747  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 76 cm

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Wind Dreaming & Waterhole by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Wind Dreaming & Waterhole

Jap 011574  |  ochre on bark  |  141 x 43 cm

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Wandjinas from Arawadi by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjinas from Arawadi

Jap 003590  |  ochre on canvas  |  94 x 122 cm

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Yathikpa by Mena Munungurr

Mena Munungurr  |  Yathikpa

Jap 004245  |  bark  |  114 x 51 cm

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Toolookwuning by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Toolookwuning

Jap 010412  |  ochre on board  |  68 x 40 cm

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Wandjina and Unguds by Mercy Fredericks

Mercy Fredericks  |  Wandjina and Unguds

Jap 006608  |  ochre on canvas  |  78 x 59 cm

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The Wind at Mankolod by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  The Wind at Mankolod

Jap 011575  |  ochre on bark  |  156 x 44 cm

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Sugar Bag & Possum by J.B. Fisher

J.B. Fisher  |  Sugar Bag & Possum

Jap 004251  |  ochre on bark   |  131 x 50 cm

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Waterhole at Barlpamarra by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Waterhole at Barlpamarra

Jap 011576  |  ochre on bark  |  150 x 48 cm

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Joomaling – Bottle Tree by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Joomaling – Bottle Tree

Jap 006142  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  55 x 38 cm

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Fish Trap – Angujechiya by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Fish Trap – Angujechiya

Jap 011569  |  ochre on bark  |  138 x 47 cm

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Madi by Malalkapuy Munyarryun

Malalkapuy Munyarryun  |  Madi

Jap 004252  |  ochre on bark   |  125 x 49 cm

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Pukamani Pole by Immaculata Tipiloura

Immaculata Tipiloura  |  Pukamani Pole

Jap 010555  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 48 cm

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Gungara – Spiralling Wind by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Gungara – Spiralling Wind

Jap 011571  |  ochre on bark  |  151 x 42 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006302  |  ochre on canvas  |  115 x 96 cm

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Kunawarritji by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Kunawarritji

Jap 006145  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  65 x 51 cm

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Body Paint by Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas  |  Body Paint

Jap 003649  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Wandjina-Undu Yali Gidi by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina-Undu Yali Gidi

Jap 003597  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  204 x 70 cm

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Wandjina and Baby by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina and Baby

Jap 003598  |  Ochre and pigment on canvas   |  182 x 63 cm

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Nyilla Rockhole by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyilla Rockhole

Jap 006304  |  ochre on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Inverway by Ned Johns

Ned Johns  |  Inverway

Jap 000816  |  ochre on linen  |  118 x 88 cm

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Wandjinas – Iondra by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjinas – Iondra

Jap 004379  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  200 x 115 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004941  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 126 cm

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Magpie Geese by Jimmy Djelminy

Jimmy Djelminy   |  Magpie Geese

Jap 000295  |  ochre on paper  |  105 x 75 cm

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Argula Djunba – Dance Board by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Argula Djunba – Dance Board

Jap 006401  |  ochre on board  |  139 x 92 cm

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Nyirla Country by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Country

Jap 005599  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 127 cm

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Kurtal by David Downs

David Downs  |  Kurtal

Jap 009885  |  acrylic & ochre on board  |  120 x 60 cm

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Djunba Dancer by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Djunba Dancer

Jap 006407  |  ochre on linen  |  200 x 130 cm

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Black Lightning by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada   |  Black Lightning

Jap 000617  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 76 cm

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Narranguny Hills by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Narranguny Hills

Jap 012540  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Winbah by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Winbah

Jap 013596  |  ochre on linen  |  90 x 60 cm

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Dry Creek Plains- diptych by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Dry Creek Plains- diptych

Jap 013416  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 122 cm

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Bird by Romolo Tipiloura

Romolo Tipiloura  |  Bird

Jap 010546  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 87 cm

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Spearhead Dreaming – Jimbirla by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Spearhead Dreaming – Jimbirla

Jap 011299  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

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Wandjina by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina

Jap 004738  |  ochre on canvas  |  211 x 63 cm

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Sandy Creek by June Peters

June Peters  |  Sandy Creek

Jap 011263  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

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Birrno – Alice Downs Station by Gordon Barney

Gordon Barney  |  Birrno – Alice Downs Station

Jap 000233  |  ochre on canvas  |  140 x 100 cm

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Maran Maranji Rockhole by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Maran Maranji Rockhole

Jap 012536  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Elbow Hole – Spring Creek by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Elbow Hole – Spring Creek

Jap 012538  |  ochre on linen  |  140 x 90 cm

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Boolanji – Fish Hole by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Boolanji – Fish Hole

Jap 006148  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  105 x 65 cm

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Gilbine – Mabel Downs by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Gilbine – Mabel Downs

Jap 013708  |  ochre & acrylic on artboard, framed  |  76 x 60 cm

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Untitled by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Untitled

Jap 010496  |  ochre on linen  |  135 x 122 cm

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Big Travelling Story at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Big Travelling Story at Nyirla

Jap 005752  |  ochre on canvas  |  145 x 125 cm

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Purnululu – Top Way by Nora Nagarra

Nora Nagarra  |  Purnululu – Top Way

Jap 003955  |  ochre an canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Nyirla Country by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Nyirla Country

Jap 004218  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 125 cm

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Daam Naginba – My Country by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Daam Naginba – My Country

Jap 012537  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Bunagany and Kinyany by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bunagany and Kinyany

Jap 013418  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country

Jap 013704  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 57 cm

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Wardang Hill by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Wardang Hill

Jap 011930  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Doweloo – Dalarji Junction by Henry Wambini

Henry Wambini  |  Doweloo – Dalarji Junction

Jap 010495  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 140 cm

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Garang – Turner, Ord & Fox Rivers by Chris Churchill

Chris Churchill  |  Garang – Turner, Ord & Fox Rivers

Jap 011932  |  ochre on linen  |  100 x 100 cm

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Bedford Station by Rover Thomas

Rover Thomas  |  Bedford Station

Jap 006654  |  ochre on board  |  183 x 91.5 cm

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Margoombaray – Robins Soak by Gordon Barney

Gordon Barney  |  Margoombaray – Robins Soak

Jap 013703  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 55 cm

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Adavale by Freddie Timms

Freddie Timms  |  Adavale

Jap 005852  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 90 cm

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Untitled by Billy Thomas

Billy Thomas  |  Untitled

Jap 009465  |  ochre on canvas  |  60.5 x 45.5 cm

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Texas Rockhole by Charlene Carrington

Charlene Carrington  |  Texas Rockhole

Jap 011929  |  ochre on linen  |  160 x 70 cm

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Tickelara Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Tickelara Country

Jap 011071  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 177 cm

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Jimirowen – Kimberley Star, Gold Country by Shirley Bray

Shirley Bray  |  Jimirowen – Kimberley Star, Gold Country

Jap 000940  |  ochre on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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North of Speewah by Tommy Carroll

Tommy Carroll  |  North of Speewah

Jap 000980  |  ochre on canvas  |  125 x 90 cm

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Road To Inverway by Jock Mosquito

Jock Mosquito  |  Road To Inverway

Jap 000316  |  ochre on canvas  |  150 x 120 cm

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Archie Creek Rugan by Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas  |  Archie Creek Rugan

Jap 004234  |  ochre on canvas  |  92 x 92 cm

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Untitled by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Untitled

Jap 009690  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 76 cm

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Mistake Creek by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Mistake Creek

Jap 012213  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Cangin and Wartal – Moon and Stars by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Cangin and Wartal – Moon and Stars

Jap 006133  |  ochre on linen  |  100 x 61 cm

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Gulun Duen Springs by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Gulun Duen Springs

Jap 010719  |  ochre on canvas  |  180 x 120 cm

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Wandjina Rain Spirit by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Wandjina Rain Spirit

Jap 013417  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 91 cm

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Wandjina and Jalala by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina and Jalala

Jap 004378  |  ochre & pigments on linen  |  202 x 112 cm

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Wandjina by Mercy Fredericks

Mercy Fredericks  |  Wandjina

Jap 010607  |  ochre on canvas  |  78 x 57 cm

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Arawadi and Wandjinas by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Arawadi and Wandjinas

Jap 006405  |  ochre on canvas  |  170 x 146 cm

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Gwion Gwion by Regina Karadada

Regina Karadada  |  Gwion Gwion

Jap 006589  |  ochre on canvas  |  95 x 77 cm

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Wandjina by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Wandjina

Jap 004774  |  ochre & pigments on canvas   |  182 x 115 cm

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Ngumi – Warla lake by George Tuckerbox

George Tuckerbox  |  Ngumi – Warla lake

Jap 002125  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  99 x 97 cm

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Untitled by Billy Thomas

Billy Thomas  |  Untitled

Jap 010503  |  ochre on canvas  |  70 x 50 cm

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Untitled by Jean Baptiste Apuatimi

Jean Baptiste Apuatimi  |  Untitled

Jap 009439  |  ochre on canvas  |  79.5 x 78.5

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Jilamara – Body Paint Design by Ian Cook

Ian Cook  |  Jilamara – Body Paint Design

Jap 009676  |  ochre on linen  |  48 x 48 cm

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Three Wandjina by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Three Wandjina

Jap 004002  |  ochre on plyboard  |  120 x 90 cm

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