Pink

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

 

Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 020715  |  acrylic on canvas  |  149 x 96 cm

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Gascoyne Wildflowers by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Gascoyne Wildflowers

Jap 022059  |  acrylic on canvas  |  168 x 107 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019159  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 93 cm

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Morning Rain Ya Come by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Morning Rain Ya Come

Jap 022071  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 110 cm

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 020714  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 91 cm

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 020720  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 96 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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Karli – Boomerang Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Karli – Boomerang Dreaming

Jap 001323  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 126 cm

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Bush Plum by Stephen Pitjara Martin

Stephen Pitjara Martin  |  Bush Plum

Jap 021431  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 88 cm

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Evening Shower Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Evening Shower Rain

Jap 021889  |  acrylic on canvas  |  227 x 110 cm

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Kungka Kutjara by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Kungka Kutjara

Jap 021449  |  acrylic on canvas  |  121 x 90 cm

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Pink Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Pink Rain

Jap 022063  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 110 cm

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Warlpa – Creek by Penny K Lyons

Penny K Lyons  |  Warlpa – Creek

Jap 003106  |  acrylic on canvas  |  82 x 61 cm

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Desert Dry Creek Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Desert Dry Creek Country

Jap 022154  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 48 cm

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My Country by Imitjala Curley

Imitjala Curley  |  My Country

Jap 016743  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 98 cm

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Anatye – Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Anatye – Bush Yam

Jap 021560  |  acrylic on canvas  |  95 x 89 cm

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Kungka Kutjara by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Kungka Kutjara

Jap 021451  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Seven Sisters – Star Dreaming by Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper  |  Seven Sisters – Star Dreaming

Jap 021929  |  acrylic on linen  |  206 x 105 cm

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Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001747  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 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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Seven Sisters Dreaming (Rockholes ) by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming (Rockholes )

Jap 021453  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Yimiri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Yimiri

Jap 006343  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 98 cm

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Aharlper Country by Angelina Ngal

Angelina Ngal  |  Aharlper Country

Jap 015288  |  acrylic on linen  |  179 x 149 cm

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Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Bush Yam

Jap 022207  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 88 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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Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa by Nellie Marks Nakamarra

Nellie Marks Nakamarra  |  Water Dreaming at Kalipinypa

Jap 021242  |  acrylic on canvas  |  60 x 30 cm

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Pukara by Susan Tjitayi

Susan Tjitayi  |  Pukara

Jap 021143  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 30 cm

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Wirjinti by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Wirjinti

Jap 001754  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 64 cm

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Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri

Jap 002705  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145 x 104 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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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 005695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 97 cm

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Pink Bamboo Cane by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Pink Bamboo Cane

Jap 015242  |  acrylic on canvas  |  178 x 107 cm

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Bush Turkey Tracks by Genevieve Kemarr Loy

Genevieve Kemarr Loy  |  Bush Turkey Tracks

Jap 020102  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 122 cm

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Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003416  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 71 cm

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Goanna Muliera at Arrapilongu by Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi

Paddy Carroll Tjungurrayi  |  Goanna Muliera at Arrapilongu

Jap 000838  |  acrylic on linen  |  100x 65 cm

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Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yarla Jukurrpa – Bush Yam

Jap 001042  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 59 cm

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Morning Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Morning Rain

Jap 015240  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 110 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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Yampil by Tjaruwa Woods

Tjaruwa Woods  |  Yampil

Jap 021626  |  acrylic on canvas  |  93 x 91 cm

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My Country by Rochelle Bird Mbitjana

Rochelle Bird Mbitjana  |  My Country

Jap 021918  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 99 cm

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Wirjinti by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Wirjinti

Jap 001752  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 64 cm

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Kupankurlu by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Kupankurlu

Jap 002721  |  acrylic on canvas  |  86 x 65 cm

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Tjiturrulpa – Sandhills by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa – Sandhills

Jap 004043  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 cm

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Ngupawarlu by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu

Jap 003417  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 94 cm

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Bush Tracks by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Bush Tracks

Jap 015642  |  acrylic on canvas  |  111 x 86 cm

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Three Sisters by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Three Sisters

Jap 017922  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 85 cm

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Yapa II – Big Dreamtime Fight by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Yapa II – Big Dreamtime Fight

Jap 001060  |  acrylic on canvas  |  219 x 140 cm

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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.

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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