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Lake Gregory
1991

Medium
earth pigments and natural binder on canvas
Measurements
90.0 × 200.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Warmun, Western Australia
Accession Number
O.37-1991
Department
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of Alcoa of Australia Limited, Governor, 1991
© Rover Thomas/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 19
Level 3, NGV Australia
The artist depicts Lake Gregory, located near Mulan community in the Great Sandy Desert. The lake is indicated by the central transverse line, which lies between two rectangular expanses of desert country. The circle to the left represents a nearby spring. The work shows Rover Thomas’s ability to conceptualise topographical features as abstract elements within an expansive pictorial space. The use of layers of natural ochres bound with bush gums to create a stained surface, matt and tonal rather than thick in texture, is characteristic of Thomas’s use of pigment.