Aboriginal Culture

History of Aboriginal Art

The world has numerous things to enjoy and art is one of the things that most people even those who can’t understand what it’s all about enjoy. There are many kinds of art and all of them have interesting ways of how they came to be. The aboriginal art history is particularly interesting as this is the oldest form of art known in the world. It was done by indigenous Australians and it used a wide variety of media which is mostly natural and it ranges from rock and wood carvings, sculpture, leaf and sand painting and ceremonial clothes amongst others.

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This Australian art depicted and represented many things which include maps, mythical landscapes and they were used to express many things as it also has symbols which meant something for the people. Rock art was popular and is still popular and it entailed painting caves or any rock shelters with red ochre, drawing with charcoal and the art was made about 30,000 years ago. There were also carvings from the rocks and scraped with sharp objects until what they wanted to depict appeared. The engravings or carvings were dependent on the type of rock. Murujuga situated in west Australia is the most famous when it comes to rock art collection and the oldest rock painting used charcoal and it was discovered in Narwala Gabarnmang rock shelter during an excavation and it dates 28,000 years back.

Then there was dot painting and bark painting and the native aboriginal colors were used. These colors included yellow which mostly represented the sun, red for desert sand, white for the sky and clouds and brown for soil. The dots pictures were painted on various media but the rocks and caves were the most popular. The bark painting needed much finesse and that is why they fall in the category of fine arts and today they fetch lots of money as there are artists who have kept the aboriginal art alive and added a modern twist to it.

Bark paintings of the ancient time can however not be found as they disintegrated .Interestingly the aboriginal people also had aerial desert landscapes and they referred to them as country. This art showed and aerial view of the desert landscape and it was painted on the body, sand and rock and were very colorful. Today country’ art is done on canvas like the papunya Tula. Stone arrangement also featured in aboriginal art and different sizes of stones were embedded on the ground firmly and they most showed people like fishermen or physical features.

Some of the symbols used in this art have retained their meanings today. Aborigines were religious people and their art work was and still is based on dream time represented mythical and spiritual things and it dates back to 50,000 years. It also showed nature as well their day to day activities and events. The art was used as a coded message that only insiders could understand especially after colonization when they felt threatened. Today artists are adopting the aboriginal style of art and putting it on canvases and it’s appealing to many given that it’s cheaper than the real thing but also has a modern feel to it.

I hope you do enjoy the history of the Aboriginal Art. If you’re looking to buy Aboriginal arts or paintings you may want to visit the online Aboriginal art for sale website. You can view their art gallery online and give them the call if you have any question about it.