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Kimberley Ochres

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A display of bold minimalist artworks from the Kimberley region of North Western Australia. Depictions of ancient sites and stories of country are portrayed through expanses of ochre colour, thickly applied with tempered precision.

The use of ochre is deeply embedded in the traditional cultural expression for these Kimberley Artists. Ochre is a natural earth pigments, containing hydrated iron oxide and includes yellow ochre, red ochre, purple ochre, sienna, and umber. The ochre is a hard curmbly rock and the paints are made by grinding the rock to a powder and then mixing it with a fluid to bind it together. 

Originally used for rock paintings, body painting, ceremonial rituals and as paint for artefacts the pigments have been used by Aboriginal people for millennia.

Artists on display include Freddy Timms, Tommy Carroll, Charlene Carrington and Rusty Peters.


  1. Tommy Carroll | Nganjiwarr Country

    120 x 180cm

    ochre on canvas

  2. Phyllis Thomas | Laceys Folley

    60 x 60cm

    ochre on canvas

  3. Phyllis Thomas | Rugan Dry Time

    45 x 120cm

    ochre on canvas

  4. Rusty Peters | Goanna Spring

    90 x 120cm

    ochre on canvas

  5. Freddie Timms | Balgunny

    90 x 125cm

    ochre on canvas

  6. Phyllis Thomas | Mistake Creek

    76 x 102cm

    ochre on canvas

  7. Shirley Purdie | Violet Valley

    61 x 92cm

    ochre on canvas

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