History of Australian Indigenous Art by Mandel Aboriginal Art Gallery
Australian indigenous art from an artistic point of view is regarded as the longest established semblance of art in the world. Some of the earliest format of Aboriginal art recognized were ground designs, rock carvings and body paintings. Some of these engravings are known to date back in excess of 60,000 years which were originally found on some of the cave walls in Arnhem Land.
This ancient form of art illustrates the motifs of the indigenous people of this period such as birds, animals, mythological creatures and other designs closely associated with their daily lives.
Historically, Indigenous Australians have been subject to constant changes and adaptability and this momentum can also be applied to Aboriginal art and culture. In the present aboriginal art spans across a vast array of avenues and displays the richness and contrast of the Indigenous heritage also highlighting the differences between language groups and territorial landscapes.
There are different channels that indigenous artists gain their creativity in the production of their works ranging from what we term as “traditional” origins –such as rock art and body painting ( Body painting is still in use today especially for ceremonies) and from many current fields of modern society.
Amongst these differences, various styles have emerged which depict the artists dreaming stories and others which interpret more current accounts ranging from “first contact”, the effect of colonisation and subjects that have and are impacting currently on their daily lives.
In summary, Aboriginal art is extremely fascinating, revealing and much more than just dots.