The rich artistic culture of indigenous Australians

Aboriginal art is made by the indigenous people of Australia. Many of us have no doubt had the chance to buy aboriginal cushions or other art forms. Many people do not know the origin of this art form. Aboriginal art forms are done on a variety of media, ranging from leaves, wood, carvings and on ceremonial clothing. This might explain the fame their cushions have. There are various forms of traditional aboriginal art. The oldest of them is rock painting, which many people consider the oldest form of art in the world. The oldest rock painting from Australia is thought to be 28000 years old. There are many types of rock art, including engravings and carvings, and a visit to Australia’s many cultural sites will not go without seeing one. Take a look at this site, to have more details about different types of cushions.
Dot painting is another authentic form of aboriginal art that makes use of their traditional colors. In dot painting, the colors used are mainly yellow, red, brown and white. Yellow represents the sun, red stands for desert sand, brown the soil and white the clouds and the sky. Another art form unique to aboriginal art is the aerial landscapes, which are sometimes called country. They are a depiction of the desert landscape form a bird’s eye view, and normally tell a story. In the past, the medium for these art pieces was mainly body painting, rock engraving or sand painting. In modern times, the tradition continues with normal color paints. Aboriginal paintings and art forms were also known to use a lot of symbolism, which varied from tribe to tribe. For instance, those paintings that depicted stories of dreams were normally shown from a high up view. 

Just like many other art forms, with time it began to be influenced or saturated with modern western art depending on one’s point of view. A notable event was the teachings by a famous Australian painter in 1934. Rex Batterbee taught watercolor painting techniques to artists in the northern territory and the trend caught up and spread. The technique became known as the Hermannsburg School, and the paintings got sold out whenever they were exhibited in any of the major Australian cities like Adelaide or Melbourne. This painting style caught the news in a rather controversial currency court case. One of the painters had their design used on a one dollar note without their knowledge or consent, and when the matter went to court, he was paid a huge sum by the reserve bank. This was the first time an aboriginal copyright case had been in court. Have a peek at this site, to learn more styles about aboriginal.
Another trend involved the dream drawings which had been previously drawn only in desert sand. In the seventies and eighties, there was an increased push for artists gifted in this art form to put their drawings on the canvas so that they may be more permanent. This trend slowly died down with the artists accused of revealing too much of their sacred heritage to the world. There is not much in the way of aboriginal music or musical instruments, but with such artistic diversification, there is no doubt still a lot to be learnt from indigenous Australia.

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