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Title

Untitled

circa 1993

Artist

Robert Ambrose Cole

Australia

1959 - Dec 1994

Language group

Warramunga, Central Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Mparntwe (Alice Springs)/Central Desert region
    Date
    circa 1993
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on paper on canvas
    Dimensions
    76.0 x 58.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Mark Nelson 2015. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    17.2015
    Copyright
    © Reproduced with permission of Utopia Art Sydney

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    In 'Untitled' 1993, Cole painted dots in lines that curve across the surface, defining a form from the multi coloured background. These forms have been described in many ways: as deriving from ceremonial body markings; as suggesting the dramatic gorges that cut through rock formations in the desert near Mparntwe. While these may all be possible sources or references in this work, the forms are also abstract, grounded in both traditional Aboriginal culture and a very contemporary painterly experimentation with colour and form.

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    Where the work was made

    Alice Springs

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