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Pink Colour Collection

The colour pink has been widely used by Aboriginal artists since the mid 1980s, when new materials were eagerly embraced by a new wave of women artists

Pink

The colour pink has been widely used by Aboriginal artists since the mid 1980s, when new materials were eagerly embraced by the current wave of women artists. The big shift that occurred in Central Australia at that time saw women artists emerge as artists in their own right, after spending the previous decade assisting the male artists in their families. Painters at Haasts Bluff and Utopia started to reveal the Women’s stories and chose a colour palette that suited their story. These artists chose a rich palette of colour and included strong colour contrast in their work. Emily Kngwarreye and Minnie Pwerle prominently used pink amongst a rich assortment of colours. This colour sensibility later spread to Yuendumu and to the Pitjantjatjara lands of the Western Desert. Lorna Fencer Napurrula from Lajamanu used pink in some of her radical combinations that she selected for high colour impact.

In the 1990s Kimberley artists like Queenie McKenzie mixed pink ochre using a soft red and blending it with white clay. Previously Walmajarri desert artist Jimmy Pike had used high intensity colours including pink to great effect, showing a preference for drawings made with texta colour, that created a fluorescent effect. Later Kimberley artists at Wangkatjungka community and Fitzroy Crossing used pink in their large map-like images of their desert homelands. Pink is a colour that we might associate with desert sunsets and as a complementary colour to the orange-red colours found in the iron oxide rocks. Today it is found across many contemporary Indigenous artworks.

taken up by artists. This expansion in the use of red hues increased from the 1980s onwards. Many artists found that the colours of the desert, with its heat and light were well presented using the range of red colours available.

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 005574  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 81 cm

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Kuranjunku and Yartaru by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kuranjunku and Yartaru

Jap 004982  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 96 cm

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Kuranjunku and Jurtal by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kuranjunku and Jurtal

Jap 005601  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 86 cm

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Kurunjungku by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kurunjungku

Jap 006353  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 81 cm

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Jarlajirti by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Jarlajirti

Jap 001711  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 76 cm

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Country by Mary Morton Kngwarryey

Mary Morton Kngwarryey  |  Country

Jap 000723  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 45 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003331  |  acrylic on canvas  |  146 x 98 cm

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Untitled by Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye  |  Untitled

Jap 010494  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 90 cm

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Wati Kujarra by Wingu Tingima

Wingu Tingima  |  Wati Kujarra

Jap 010513  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 120 cm

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Ngura – Country by Alec Baker

Alec Baker  |  Ngura – Country

Jap 010785  |  acrylic on canvas  |  41 x 61 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Living Water by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Living Water

Jap 003335  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

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Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Ankerre – Emu Dreaming at Alhalkere

Jap 007640  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 120 cm

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Early Days Funeral – Tjarli and Rintje by Linda Syddick Napaltjarri

Linda Syddick Napaltjarri  |  Early Days Funeral – Tjarli and Rintje

Jap 004304  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 004629  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003407  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 94 cm

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Kalinypalinya at Kungkayunti by Marlee Napurrula

Marlee Napurrula  |  Kalinypalinya at Kungkayunti

Jap 009693  |  acrylic on linen  |  41 x 76 cm

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Yarntinja by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Yarntinja

Jap 010526  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Jawirrpa by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Jawirrpa

Jap 001699  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 61 cm

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Awelye – Women’s Ceremony by Minnie Pwerle

Minnie Pwerle  |  Awelye – Women’s Ceremony

Jap 006973  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Womens Law Story

Jap 003411  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 100 cm

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Jilji Sandhills by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jilji Sandhills

Jap 009474  |  acrylic on board  |  89 x 59 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 012124  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Warnarri Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Warnarri Ceremony

Jap 000461  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 126 cm

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Low Tide – Marks in the Sand by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Low Tide – Marks in the Sand

Jap 011624  |  acrylic on canvas  |  108 x 88 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 010060  |  acrylic on canvas  |  186 x 147 cm

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Holding on Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Holding on Together

Jap 013828  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 cm

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Ngupawarlu – Living Water by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – Living Water

Jap 003399  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 71 cm

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Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Valerie Napurrurla Morris

Valerie Napurrurla Morris  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010895  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

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Wind Dreaming – Utantja by Jorna Newberry

Jorna Newberry  |  Wind Dreaming – Utantja

Jap 008321  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 90 cm

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Warla Country Waterholes by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Warla Country Waterholes

Jap 006350  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 97 cm

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Awekety – Bush Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Awekety – Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 009658  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 120 cm

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Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming by Valerie Napurrurla Morris

Valerie Napurrurla Morris  |  Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Jap 010883  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

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Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri

Jap 002705  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145x104 cm

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Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa by Joy Napangardi Michaels

Joy Napangardi Michaels  |  Lappi Lappi Jukurrpa

Jap 010893  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 30 cm

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Wirnpa by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Wirnpa

Jap 006341  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Partiri Jiljikurraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Partiri Jiljikurraji

Jap 010356  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

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Warutjarra by Elaine Lane

Elaine Lane  |  Warutjarra

Jap 009686  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 50 cm

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Japingka Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Japingka Country

Jap 008210  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 45 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001070  |  acrylic on canvas  |  261 x 146 cm

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Apmere – Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Apmere – Country

Jap 000569  |  acrylic on linen  |  135 x 116 cm

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Larripuka Main Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka Main Country

Jap 008215  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 51 cm

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Alhalkere – My Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Alhalkere – My Country

Jap 001030  |  acrylic on linen  |  147 x 138 cm

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Jila Japingka by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jila Japingka

Jap 010351  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  70 x 49 cm

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Wapirti – White Bush Potato by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Wapirti – White Bush Potato

Jap 001578  |  acrylic on canvas  |  124 x 123 cm

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Anwekety by Kathleen Ngale

Kathleen Ngale  |  Anwekety

Jap 007382  |  acrylic on linen  |  116 x 58 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 004948  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 95 cm

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Tali and Ngumi Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali and Ngumi Country

Jap 007707  |  acrylic on linen  |  210 x 153 cm

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Wati Kujarra by Tjuruparu Watson

Tjuruparu Watson  |  Wati Kujarra

Jap 010514  |  acrylic on linen  |  157 x 114 cm

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Anwekety – Conkerberry by Elizabeth Mpetyane

Elizabeth Mpetyane  |  Anwekety – Conkerberry

Jap 011078  |  acrylic on linen  |  117 x 60 cm

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Apmere – Country by Kudditji Kngwarreye

Kudditji Kngwarreye  |  Apmere – Country

Jap 000549  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 98 cm

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Marrapinti by Esther Bruno Nangala

Esther Bruno Nangala  |  Marrapinti

Jap 009739  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 91 cm

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