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Aboriginal art is recognised world-wide and encompasses a number of different forms from painting on canvas and wood, painting on fabrics, wood carving, sculpture, and weaving.

Many up and coming aboriginal artists are also creating experimental art forms, with fresh ideas and using a variety of material that takes the traditional art form into a more modernist abstraction, that is in line with the contemporary art of our times.

Karntakurlangu, 2009 (Cat No 13943DN) by Dorothy Napangardi
Karntakurlangu, 2009 by Dorothy Napangardi, courtesy Gallery Gondwana

In the expression of dance we see aboriginal dance companies encompasses not only the traditional but the exploration of the modern dance forms.

Much Aboriginal art has close links with rituals and ceremonies. It is an important part of many artworks, that are often based on dreaming stories and totems. Symbolism often is integral within current aboriginal artwork and whilst symbols can appear to be repeated, the meaning can change within the context of the artwork.

Aboriginal painting can have a specific story, the actual meaning may be obscured or hidden and even omitted. Other works are based on the title, such as bush medicine, that is self-explanatory.

We will list aboriginal artists and their works, that we may know either personally or otherwise, with works that may relate to other articles within our site. Other artists may be from and courtesy of Gallery Gondwana.


Footnote & References

  1. Dorothy Napangardi, Gallery Gondwana, https://gallerygondwana.com.au/artists/dorothy-napangardi

Aboriginal ArtistsDorothy Napangardi Kukula McDonald Raymond Walters Japanangka Selma Coulthard Trephina Sultan Thanguwa