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  • Ronald Edwards Pepper Ronald EDWARDS PEPPER (Gunnai), Colours of Country 12

Ronald EDWARDS PEPPER (Gunnai), Colours of Country 12

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Year: 2022
Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on synthetic paper
Dimensions: 22.8cm x 30.5cm


These paintings are my vision of how I see colours in Australia, how it used to be and how things are coming back to life. knowing that the fires and floods are happening, it is like Australia is reborn again. It is like mother nature is doing it for herself. As you can see, I have many hand prints and many colours, they represent the different family members across all cultures in Australia, just like in the language map. Australia is made up of many different cultures. The hands represent sharing knowledge and education, sharing Aboriginal culture. They are also my signature or mark and represent passing on culture. They say, 'give me your hand, this is our story'. The green represents the land and the grass and Australia, the regrowth of the habitat. The yellow represents the sun and happiness. The blue represents the river, the sky, it's my favourite colour and makes me happy as an artist. The black background represents the Aboriginal people of Australia. The pink represents the beautiful in nature. Even though the Earth is unwell, you may see a flower in there, a sign that the Earth is regrowing. The white and silver handprints represent non-Indigenous people, sharing and telling the truth of Australia to move forward. I do this through art to break down the barriers.

The diamond designs represent the land and the Gunaikurnai. I paint that to be a strong Gunnai artist and to represent South Eastern Australia in art, and represent what I do today, but bringing back the old too.

The wavy designs are part of the Earth, part of the river running, the way the landscapes are built, the blues are rivers, browns the earth. I see the designs in the land and the way it was since day one.

Ronald Edwards Pepper