Australian Aboriginal Landscape Paintings

See Landscape paintings from Central Australian Aboriginal artists at reduced prices. All works are available for sale by enquiry.

 

Tjuritja – West MacDonnell Ranges by Betty Wheeler Naparula

Betty Wheeler Naparula  |  Tjuritja – West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 016816  |  watercolour on paper  |  17 x 26 cm

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Thunderstorm at the Bore by Rekisha Morrison

Rekisha Morrison   |  Thunderstorm at the Bore

Jap 021325  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 cm

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My Country by Ada Pula Beasley

Ada Pula Beasley  |  My Country

Jap 022142  |  acrylic on linen  |  122 x 91 cm

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My Country by Lilly Kemarre Morton

Lilly Kemarre Morton  |  My Country

Jap 022379  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 51 cm

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My Country by Ada Pula Beasley

Ada Pula Beasley  |  My Country

Jap 022141  |  acrylic on linen  |  107 x 61 cm

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Bush Tobacco by Elizabeth Ngwarraye Bonney

Elizabeth Ngwarraye Bonney  |  Bush Tobacco

Jap 022145  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 76 cm

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My Country by Lilly Kemarre Morton

Lilly Kemarre Morton  |  My Country

Jap 022380  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Ninjya – Soggy Swamp by Jessie Peterson

Jessie Peterson  |  Ninjya – Soggy Swamp

Jap 021337  |  acrylic on linen  |  61 x 61 cm

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Epenarra Landscape by Susie Peterson

Susie Peterson  |  Epenarra Landscape

Jap 019344  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 61 cm

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Jarrngajartu Rockhole by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jarrngajartu Rockhole

Jap 018809  |  limited edition screenprint  |  52 x 50 cm

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Leaving Good Colour Country Station by Kumanjayi Ross

Kumanjayi Ross  |  Leaving Good Colour Country Station

Jap 018589  |  acrylic on canvas  |  61 x 61 cm

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Bush Medicine by Julie Beasley Peterson

Julie Beasley Peterson   |  Bush Medicine

Jap 021330  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 61 cm

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Flowers by Joyrene Ngwarraye Holmes

Joyrene Ngwarraye Holmes  |  Flowers

Jap 022378  |  acrylic on linen  |  76 x 61 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Otto Pareroultja

Otto Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012393  |  watercolour on paper  |  24.5 x 15 cm

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Bendy Flowers by Kaye Beasley

Kaye Beasley   |  Bendy Flowers

Jap 021340  |  acrylic on linen  |  91 x 61 cm

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Jumu Yirrjirn by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jumu Yirrjirn

Jap 010345  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

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Parapara Karparn and Wirrikari by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Parapara Karparn and Wirrikari

Jap 018801  |  limited edition screenprint  |  30 x 44.5 cm

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Afternoon Light by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Afternoon Light

Jap 018811  |  limited edition screenprint  |  42 x 60 cm

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Night Walk by Rochelle Bonney

Rochelle Bonney  |  Night Walk

Jap 019351  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 91 cm

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Aboriginal art has maintained a different approach to Western art in the way in which landscapes are presented. Many Aboriginal paintings show the terrain more as a map seen from above. This accords with the idea that Indigenous people needed to maintain a conceptual map in their head of the territory over which they travelled. With only memory and song to aid them in understanding their Country, these visual maps have more recently been rich resources of artistic expression for painters when recreating their Country. On one level these maps of terrain show the physical world of the artist, but on top of that may be laid out the metaphysical information that relates to this Country. So landscapes contain associated information on Dreaming and ceremonial sites, Creation journeys and Songlines, sources of food, water and other natural resources. The landscape becomes an index of resources and meaning for the artist. The desert artists who laid out these landscape maps are hunters and trackers. They are accustomed to looking down and reading the information that the desert sands reveal about everything that has passed this way. So to some extent the majority of desert paintings are landscapes that hold great meaning and information for the people of the land.

Other Aboriginal artists have made a conscious choice to present landscapes of their own Country more in the format familiar in Western art. Famously Albert Namatjira gained sensational recognition during the 1940s and 1950s with exquisite watercolours that revealed the beauty of the desert interior of Australia. Perhaps surprising his audience with both the realist skills of his art and the sense of colour contrasts of the desert, Namatjira established a legacy that continues to this day. His extended family continues to paint in the Hermannsburg watercolour tradition.

Other artists have blended the styles of realistic landscape painting with the techniques of aerial perspective and dot painting infill. Artists from the Alyawarr language groups at Ampilatwatja and neighbouring communities in Central Australia have elected not to directly paint references to the stories of their Dreamings, but to show the landscapes where the Creation mythologies took place. Their landscapes are seen from an elevated position and are composed of tiny dots covering the surface of the painting.

The role of landscape painting may well have a different purpose in Aboriginal art than in Western art. It remains a representation of particular location, but one that is often loaded with other information shown in symbolic form. Perhaps what we need to extract from these landscapes is an appreciation of the knowledge and history that goes into these images of the land. We hope this selection of works is a useful overview of the range of Aboriginal landscapes being produced in Australia today.

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