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

 

Clan Groups 1 by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Clan Groups 1

Jap 017918  |  acrylic on canvas  |  108 x 85 cm

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My Country by Tommy Watson

Tommy Watson  |  My Country

Jap 019597  |  acrylic on linen  |  170 x 121 cm

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My Country by Janet Golder Kngwarreye

Janet Golder Kngwarreye  |  My Country

Jap 019085  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 90 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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Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001746  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 63 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019158  |  acrylic on canvas  |  94 x 91 cm

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Desert Country by Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold

Andrew Tjupurrula Highfold  |  Desert Country

Jap 019163  |  acrylic on canvas  |  59 x 59 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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Bush Turkey Story by Genevieve Kemarr Loy

Genevieve Kemarr Loy  |  Bush Turkey Story

Jap 015298  |  acrylic on linen  |  150 x 150 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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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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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 014908  |  acrylic on canvas  |  239 x 152 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019495  |  acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 87 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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Wirnpa by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Wirnpa

Jap 006341  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Bush Medicine Leaves by Bernadine Johnson

Bernadine Johnson  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 019124  |  acrylic on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Judy Watson Napangardi

Judy Watson Napangardi   |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 004877  |  acrylic on linen  |  240 x 150 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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Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001747  |  acrylic on canvas  |  83 x 66 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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Aharlper Country by Angelina Ngal

Angelina Ngal  |  Aharlper Country

Jap 015288  |  acrylic on linen  |  179 x 149 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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Wati Kujarra by Wingu Tingima

Wingu Tingima  |  Wati Kujarra

Jap 010513  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 120 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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Yimiri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Yimiri

Jap 006343  |  acrylic on canvas  |  142 x 98 cm

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Anwekety by Kathleen Ngal

Kathleen Ngal  |  Anwekety

Jap 007382  |  acrylic on linen  |  116 x 58 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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Ngupawarlu – My Country by Stumpy Brown

Stumpy Brown  |  Ngupawarlu – My Country

Jap 003407  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 94 cm

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Bushtucker by Margaret Wallace Nungarrayi

Margaret Wallace Nungarrayi  |  Bushtucker

Jap 016796  |  acrylic on linen  |  50 x 43 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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Kuranjunku and Jurtal by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kuranjunku and Jurtal

Jap 005601  |  acrylic on canvas  |  96 x 86 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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Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Four Waterholes near Kirriwirri

Jap 002705  |  acrylic on canvas  |  145x104 cm

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Yartaru by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Yartaru

Jap 005593  |  acrylic on canvas  |  150 x 95 cm

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Everlastings, Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Everlastings, Gascoyne Country

Jap 018565  |  acrylic on canvas  |  195 x 90 cm

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Seven Sisters Dreaming by Alison Munti Riley

Alison Munti Riley  |  Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 017147  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

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Sunset, Gascoyne Country by Sonya Edney

Sonya Edney  |  Sunset, Gascoyne Country

Jap 019034  |  Acrylic on canvas  |  200 x 101 cm

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Kirturruia by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kirturruia

Jap 003267  |  acrylic on canvas  |  203 x 59 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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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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Three Sisters by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Three Sisters

Jap 017922  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 85 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.

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.