An image of Untitled

Robert Ambrose Cole

(Australia 1959 – Dec 1994)

Community
Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Central Desert region
Language group
Warramunga, Central Desert region

Untitled

Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Place of origin
Central and Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Mparntwe (Alice Springs)/Central Desert region
Year
circa 1993
Media
Painting
Medium
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
Accession number
17.2015
Copyright
© Reproduced with permission of Utopia Art Sydney