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

 

Womens Ceremony by Walangkura Napanangka

Walangkura Napanangka  |  Womens Ceremony

Jap 012903  |  acrylic on linen  |  179 x 120 cm

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Kuranjunku by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kuranjunku

Jap 005697  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 80 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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My Father’s Country –  Bush Medicine by Rosie Kemarre Morton

Rosie Kemarre Morton  |  My Father’s Country – Bush Medicine

Jap 016375  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 51 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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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 Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 015761  |  acrylic on canvas  |  214 x 149 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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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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Bush Plum Country by Kathleen  Ngal

Kathleen Ngal  |  Bush Plum Country

Jap 015280  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 180 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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Anwekety- Bush Plum Dreaming by Belinda Golder Kngwarreye

Belinda Golder Kngwarreye  |  Anwekety- Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 015685  |  acrylic on canvas  |  147 x 92 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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Pink Bamboo Cane by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Pink Bamboo Cane

Jap 015242  |  acrylic on canvas  |  178 x 107 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015872  |  acrylic on linen  |  175 x 150 cm

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Muntati – Grandmother’s Country by Gracie Ward Napaltjarri

Gracie Ward Napaltjarri  |  Muntati – Grandmother’s Country

Jap 015713  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Bush Medicine Plants by Daisy Kemarre Turner

Daisy Kemarre Turner  |  Bush Medicine Plants

Jap 016388  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 61 cm

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Vaughan Springs Dreaming by Faye Nangala Hudson

Faye Nangala Hudson  |  Vaughan Springs Dreaming

Jap 013360  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 107 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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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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Purlta by Maryanne Downs

Maryanne Downs  |  Purlta

Jap 002581  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 83 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 013720  |  acrylic on linen  |  265 x 193 cm

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Fire Dreaming by Charmaine Pwerle

Charmaine Pwerle  |  Fire Dreaming

Jap 011467  |  120 x 90 cm  |  acrylic on linen

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Grandmothers Country by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015875  |  acrylic on linen  |  160 x 142 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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Aharlper Country by Angelina Ngal

Angelina Ngal  |  Aharlper Country

Jap 015288  |  acrylic on linen  |  179 x 149 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 Plum Dreaming by Polly Ngale

Polly Ngale  |  Bush Plum Dreaming

Jap 015864  |  acrylic on canvas  |  88 x 86 cm

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Grandmothers Country by Michelle Possum Nungurrayi

Michelle Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country

Jap 015874  |  acrylic on canvas  |  225 x 200 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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Awelye and Bush Melon by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye and Bush Melon

Jap 008297  |  acrylic on linen  |  90 x 60 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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Anaty – Bush Yam by Jeannie Mills Pwerle

Jeannie Mills Pwerle  |  Anaty – Bush Yam

Jap 015038  |  acrylic on canvas  |  198 x 107 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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Morning Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Morning Rain

Jap 015240  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 110 cm

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Kuranjunku by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kuranjunku

Jap 005564  |  acrylic on canvas  |  137 x 77 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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Tipurlju by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Tipurlju

Jap 001746  |  acrylic on canvas  |  84 x 63 cm

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Festival Time by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Festival Time

Jap 013823  |  acrylic on canvas  |  119 x 89 cm

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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001563  |  acrylic on canvas  |  85 x 83 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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Yuulpu Rockhole by Cyril Whyoulter

Cyril Whyoulter  |  Yuulpu Rockhole

Jap 013754  |  acrylic on canvas  |  76 x 36 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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Evening Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Evening Rain

Jap 015238  |  acrylic on canvas  |  181 x 110 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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Tali (Sandhills) and Ngumi Country by Kim West Napurrula

Kim West Napurrula  |  Tali (Sandhills) and Ngumi Country

Jap 007707  |  acrylic on linen  |  210 x 153 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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Bush Medicine Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

Gloria Petyarre  |  Bush Medicine Leaves

Jap 015831  |  acrylic on linen  |  95 x 52 cm

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Tjiturrulpa – Sandhill Country by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa – Sandhill Country

Jap 004043  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 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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Wirnpa by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Wirnpa

Jap 006341  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 96 cm

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Family Get Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Family Get Together

Jap 014146  |  acrylic on canvas  |  220 x 103 cm

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View of Country by Desma Ngwarraye Turner

Desma Ngwarraye Turner  |  View of Country

Jap 016218  |  acrylic on linen  |  51 x 30 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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Marrapinti by Esther Bruno Nangala

Esther Bruno Nangala  |  Marrapinti

Jap 009739  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 91 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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Larripuka Main Country by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Larripuka Main Country

Jap 008215  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 51 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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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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Kurunjungku by Rosie Goodjie

Rosie Goodjie  |  Kurunjungku

Jap 006353  |  acrylic on canvas  |  132 x 81 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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Awelye by Betty Mbitjana

Betty Mbitjana  |  Awelye

Jap 013080  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 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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Caterpillar Dreaming by Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Lorna Napurrula Fencer  |  Caterpillar Dreaming

Jap 001530  |  acrylic on canvas  |  229 x 144 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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Holding on Together by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Holding on Together

Jap 013828  |  acrylic on canvas  |  118 x 88 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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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.