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  • Top Ten Paintings of 2018

    January 17, 2019 3 min read

    Top Paintings of 2018: A Year in Review

    A list of the most trafficked (and currently available) paintings online in 2018 - based on number of viewers (not views).


    Top painting of 2018 - bush medicine leaves by abie loy

    1. Bush Medicine Leaves by Abie Loy Kemarre  |  120cm x 60cm

    Abie Loy's pastel Bush Medicine Leaves painting was viewed by more people around the world than any other painting in 2018. The piece was featured in our Enchanted exhibition last summer and had it's own feature (on just how incredible it is). 

    Top paintings of 2018: Anwekety by Polly Ngale

    2. Spring Conkerberry by Polly Ngale  |  90cm x 90cm

    Following closely in second was Polly Ngale's Spring Conkerberry. Given it's release date of August 2018, that's high praise.

    The artwork made an inclusion on Desert Doll's phone covers late last year, so you could be admiring the piece everyday without having to invest $3,300 in the artwork...

    Top paintings of 2018: Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

    3. Leaves by Gloria Petyarre  |  270cm x 150cm 

    Five of Gloria Petyarre's top ten artworks sold at auction have been those painted in her original small-leaf style like this masterpiece. Painted in a light yellow ochre and white, it is a classic both in size and execution and no surprise to find it high on this list.

    Top paintings of 2018: Bush Plum by Josie Petrick Kemarre

    4. Bush Plum Dreaming by Josie Petrick Kemarre  |  120cm x 60cm 

    Josie Petrick Kemarre is considered a collectable artist and predominately explores ripening stages of the bush plum in her artworks.

    This piece is so fine that the image can barely show the deep blue dots (those that represent the plum at its ripest) that are interspersed between the layers of warm tones. Worth a closer look or two (or more).

    Top paintings of 2018: Bush Melon by Minnie Pwerle

    5. Big Bush Melon Dreaming by Minnie Pwerle  |  360cm x 180cm 

    As the largest painting on our site, measuring an astounding 18' x 12', Big Bush Melon Dreaming attracts a lot of attention. (And incidentally this piece was the most re-visited painting in 2018).

    Minnie Pwerle was one of Australia's iconic artists and this one of her masterpieces.

    Top paintings of 2018: Soakage by Lena Pwerle

    6. Soakage by Lena Pwerle  |  270cm x 120cm

    We can see why this grand over-sized painting by Lena Pwerle made the list. It oozes pure sophistication.

    Vibrant purple, rich aubergine and earthy brown create a sense of effortless movement as they trickle across the canvas and ground the wistful and enchanting vibes of the painting's pastel undertones. The yellow brings balance and warmth. 

    Top paintings of 2018: Desert Yam by Shakira Petrick

    7. Desert Yam Story by Shakira Petrick |  120cm x 60cm

    A relatively new piece, having arrived in the middle of 2018, it is already one of the most viewed! Get your fix of insatiable colour and delight the senses by taking another look at this piece, if you haven't already...

    Top paintings of 2018: Country by Delvine Petyarre

    8. Country by Delvine Petyarre  |  180cm x 60cm

    There is a beautiful flow of movement in this piece that looks as if it carries off from the canvas and into the surrounding space. Classic in black and white, and a fine dot painting that is exactly where it should be - on this list. (If it's not on this list in 2019 it will be because it has found a worthy home.)

    Top paintings of 2018: Leaves by Gloria Petyarre

    9. Leaves by Gloria Petyarre  |  150cm x 90cm

    Here we have another colourful and vivacious piece to make it on this list (and a Utopia Lane favourite). This is a Gloria worthy of owning over and over; it has colour, spirit, movement and is completely full bodied for a large-leaf piece. 

    Top paintings of 2018: Soakage by Lena Pwerle

    10. Soakage by Lena Pwerle  |  90cm x 90cm

    Both bold and soft, Lena blends together Matisse's Ash Pink, Southern Ocean Blue and Australian Sienna to create what we call a blissful Australian piece. Will it last the summer online?


    Most Re-Visited Paintings of 2018 →


    Please note: For privacy reasons, we couldn't include artworks that had sold at the time of publishing this article.


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