Red

Red remains one of the basic colours of all art, representing blood, land, life & fire – Aboriginal artists use both earth red ochre and modern red colours.

 

Bushfire Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Bushfire Rain

Jap 022072  |  acrylic on canvas  |  180 x 110 cm

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Lake Barwidgi by Lance Peck

Lance Peck  |  Lake Barwidgi

Jap 021404  |  acrylic on linen  |  197 x 123 cm

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Piyurr by Biddee Baadjo

Biddee Baadjo  |  Piyurr

Jap 006310  |  acrylic on canvas  |  117 x 97 cm

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Mother’s Country by Barbara Weir

Barbara Weir  |  Mother’s Country

Jap 019023  |  acrylic on canvas  |  143 x 137 cm

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Mina Mina Jukurrpa by Pauline Napangardi Gallagher

Pauline Napangardi Gallagher  |  Mina Mina Jukurrpa

Jap 018376  |  acrylic on canvas  |  107 x 107 cm

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Travelling On by Fiona Omeenyo

Fiona Omeenyo  |  Travelling On

Jap 013695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 87 cm

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Dry Waterholes by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Dry Waterholes

Jap 022513  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Rai- Spirit Figure by Darren Everett

Darren Everett  |  Rai- Spirit Figure

Jap 021923  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

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Tuwan by Ian Rictor

Ian Rictor  |  Tuwan

Jap 021621  |  acrylic on linen  |  137 x 90 cm

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Minyma Kutjara by Elaine Woods

Elaine Woods  |  Minyma Kutjara

Jap 018243  |  acrylic on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Tingari by Thomas Tjapaltjarri

Thomas Tjapaltjarri  |  Tingari

Jap 020206  |  acrylic on linen  |  227 x 198 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000487  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125x85 cm

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Minma Dreaming – Womens Story by Ningura Napurrula

Ningura Napurrula  |  Minma Dreaming – Womens Story

Jap 000820  |  acrylic on linen  |  183 x 122 cm

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Waru Tjukurrpa – Fire Dreaming by Jorna Newberry

Jorna Newberry  |  Waru Tjukurrpa – Fire Dreaming

Jap 022442  |  acrylic on linen  |  151 x 92 cm

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Purkitji by Frank Clancy

Frank Clancy  |  Purkitji

Jap 004790  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 60 cm

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Women’s Ceremony by Judy Napangardi Martin

Judy Napangardi Martin  |  Women’s Ceremony

Jap 000486  |  acrylic on canvas  |  125 x 84 cm

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Kalaya Tjukurpa – Emu Dreaming by Patricia Baker

Patricia Baker  |  Kalaya Tjukurpa – Emu Dreaming

Jap 007693  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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Wirnpa by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Wirnpa

Jap 006267  |  acrylic on canvas  |  98 x 86 cm

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Five Waterholes from Kirriwirri to Kupangkurlu by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Five Waterholes from Kirriwirri to Kupangkurlu

Jap 002676  |  acrylic on canvas  |  143 x 103 cm

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Ngaminya by Yinarupa Gibson Nangala

Yinarupa Gibson Nangala  |  Ngaminya

Jap 013562  |  acrylic on linen  |  126 x 119 cm

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Papatatjara by Ned Grant

Ned Grant  |  Papatatjara

Jap 021611  |  acrylic on linen  |  110 x 85 cm

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Tingari by George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi

George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi  |  Tingari

Jap 021949  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 61 cm

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Hunting by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Hunting

Jap 020180  |  acrylic on linen  |  120 x 91 cm

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Malliera Ceremonies by Dr George Tjapaltjarri

Dr George Tjapaltjarri  |  Malliera Ceremonies

Jap 019922  |  acrylic on linen  |  112 x 61 cm

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Sunset Rain by Rosella Namok

Rosella Namok  |  Sunset Rain

Jap 022069  |  acrylic on linen  |  180 x 110 cm

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Aharlper Country by Angelina Ngal

Angelina Ngal  |  Aharlper Country

Jap 020084  |  acrylic on linen  |  200 x 120 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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Tjiturrulpa – Sandhills by Eileen Napaltjarri

Eileen Napaltjarri  |  Tjiturrulpa – Sandhills

Jap 004043  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 122 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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Red

The colour red is one of the primary and essential colours of art for all of mankind. It traditionally represents blood and therefore life, as well as the earth and fire – the most lively aspects of existence. Red ochre was widely traded across the Australian continent from locations where the deepest red colours were found. Red ochre was used in ceremonies, in rock art and to decorate valued artefacts and ceremonial items. The four basic colours used and extracted from earth pigments were red, white, yellow and black.

Access to modern artist colours is the 20th century led indigenous artists to experiment and to add to the colour palette that they traditionally used. Many shades of red including the manufactured and intense bright reds were 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.

Major Pintupi artists like George Ward Tjungurrayi, Thomas Tjapaltjarri and Patrick Tjungurrayi use red to create the intricate Tingari patterns that represent aspects of their Dreamings, expressed as structures of ceremonial sites and songlines. Ronnie Tjampitjinpa and Jorna Newberry used red in a symbolic way in their Fire Dreaming paintings, while other desert artists like Yinarupa Gibson, Kudditji Kngwarreye, Rosemary Petyarre and Biddee Baadjo  use red to give extra power to their designs. Charmaine Pwerle has used red to express the Awelye Body Paint design and Jack Dale Mengenen has used red to give strength to his Wandjina spirit designs.

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