"The Colour of My Country": Landscape and Spirituality in the Art of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala


  • Lucy Ellem La Trobe University


In a landmark retrospective exhibition held in 1997, the National Galley of Victoria showed the work of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala. The art of an aboriginal artist working in a Western rather than indigenous colour tradition and exhibiting in a specific Western context (the art museum) invites analysis in Western terms; yet the spiritualisation of the landscape itself -both in Riley's consciousness and in his artistic expression - demands that a reconciliation be found between this secular and Western context and the symbolic content of his art. This reconciliation is found through colour.

Author Biography

Lucy Ellem, La Trobe University

La Trobe University