What is Aboriginal Art?

Aboriginal Art - Aboriginal art is art made by indigenous Australian people.

Aboriginal art is art made by indigenous Australian people, the Aboriginal Australians, and Torres Strait Islanders, of the present-day Australian continent and nearby islands. Historically, this includes both mainland Australia as well as the island of Tasmania and some adjoining islands. More broadly, aboriginal art includes the artistic traditions of the original inhabitants of Australia, regardless of what ethnic group they belong to (for example, it includes works by both the Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders). The earliest traces of Aboriginal art in Australia are at least 40,000 years old.

Aboriginal Art Definition

Aboriginal art refers to all such work that has been created within or by Aboriginal Australians or Torres Strait Islanders, their descendants, and expatriate communities in other countries, prior to European colonization. It ranges from ancient rock paintings and engravings on rock surfaces to contemporary acrylic glasswork and sculptures created using non-traditional techniques.

Aboriginal Art Styles

There are numerous art styles that fall under Aboriginal Art, they include rock painting and bark painting, both of which have been practiced for over 40,000 years in Australia, creating a wealth of cultural significance and artistic creativity. Other examples include tribal masks and totem poles—used during ceremonies to represent stories about animals or prominent ancestors—and sand paintings; paintings created with natural dyes on sand beds to tell stories such as creation
myths or totemic legends that may relate to an individual clan or region in Australia.

History of Australian Aboriginal Paintings

The history of Australian Aboriginal paintings begins as early as 60,000 years ago and continues to evolve with contemporary artists. People were painting on rock walls using natural-coloured ochre pigments from 40,000 years ago in Southeast Australia, in charcoal from 30,000 years ago at Lake Mungo in New South Wales and 19,000–20,000 years ago at Bradshaw rock paintings near Alice Springs in Central Australia (see Loy 2001 for more).

Where To Buy Aboriginal Art

Searching for Authentic Indigenous artwork can be a difficult task if you don’t know where to look, but there are plenty of places you can find authentic pieces. Whether you’re a collector or looking for that perfect gift, the best place to look for Aboriginal art: visit Ninbella Art Gallery; browse www.ninbella.com; who have been working with Aboriginal Artists and Aboriginal Owned Community Art centres for over 16 years. Ninbella guarantees and supplies Certificates of Authenticity and Artist information with each Artwork.