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Aboriginal Landscape Art

Australian Aboriginal Landscape Paintings

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Aboriginal Art Landscapes

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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Barnungung and Ginyan by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Barnungung and Ginyan

Jap 014864  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Juljul – Bush Country by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Juljul – Bush Country

Jap 005700  |  96 x 74 cm

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Liturwarti by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Liturwarti

Jap 002693  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 84 cm

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Night Sky by Germaine Dobbs

Germaine Dobbs  |  Night Sky

Jap 011751  |  acrylic on linen  |  96 x 100 cm

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Kurriny Piyirnkujarrra by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kurriny Piyirnkujarrra

Jap 008207  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 48 cm

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Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs by Madigan Thomas

Madigan Thomas  |  Jileeling – Pawpaw Springs

Jap 000674  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Purnululu by Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin  |  Purnululu

Jap 000747  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 76 cm

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Karru by Nada Rawlins

Nada Rawlins  |  Karru

Jap 002708  |  acrylic on canvas  |  102 x 85 cm

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Petermann Ranges by Elton Wirri

Elton Wirri  |  Petermann Ranges

Jap 007917  |  watercolour on paper  |  54 x 36 cm

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Murray Downs by Linda Apwerl Dobbs

Linda Apwerl Dobbs  |  Murray Downs

Jap 011728  |  acrylic on linen  |  109 x 102 cm

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Joomaling – Bottle Tree by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Joomaling – Bottle Tree

Jap 006142  |  ochre on Arches paper  |  55 x 38 cm

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Landscape – My Country by Basil Morrison

Basil Morrison  |  Landscape – My Country

Jap 011753  |  acrylic on linen  |  101 x 101 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Otto Pareroultja

Otto Pareroultja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012393  |  Watercolour  |  24.5 x 15 cm

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Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming by Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi

Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi  |  Grandmothers Country – Seven Sisters Dreaming

Jap 013769  |  acrylic on linen  |  220 x 110 cm

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Purnululu – Bungle Bungles by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Purnululu – Bungle Bungles

Jap 011936  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  91 x 66 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Joshua Ebatarinja

Joshua Ebatarinja  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012394  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Ewald Namatjira

Ewald Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012395  |  Watercolour  |  29 x 18.5 cm

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Dry River Bed by Kurun Warun

Kurun Warun  |  Dry River Bed

Jap 013540  |  acrylic on linen  |  119 x 87 cm

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Purlta by Maryanne Downs

Maryanne Downs  |  Purlta

Jap 002581  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 83 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Gabriel Namatjira

Gabriel Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012397  |  Watercolour  |  27 x 18.5 cm

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My Country by Alana  Ngwarraye Holmes

Alana Ngwarraye Holmes  |  My Country

Jap 014604  |  acrylic on canvas  |  91 x 61 cm

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Sandhill Country and Waterholes by Wangkatjungka Collaboration

Wangkatjungka Collaboration  |  Sandhill Country and Waterholes

Jap 001902  |  acrylic on canvas  |  173 x 114 cm

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Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla by Willie Kew

Willie Kew  |  Luurn Creation Site at Nyirla

Jap 004941  |  ochre on canvas  |  144 x 126 cm

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Bush Medicine Plants by Daisy Kemarre Turner

Daisy Kemarre Turner  |  Bush Medicine Plants

Jap 014624  |  acrylic on linen  |  46 x 46 cm

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King Leopold Ranges by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  King Leopold Ranges

Jap 012581  |  Ochre on canvas  |  130 x 86 cm

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Narranguny Hills by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Narranguny Hills

Jap 012540  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Boab Prison Tree by Jack Dale Mengenen

Jack Dale Mengenen  |  Boab Prison Tree

Jap 006416  |  ochre on canvas  |  118 x 84 cm

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View Of Country by Desma Ngwarraye Turner

Desma Ngwarraye Turner  |  View Of Country

Jap 014637  |  acrylic on linen  |  30 x 30 cm

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Dalyuyn Country by Queenie McKenzie

Queenie McKenzie  |  Dalyuyn Country

Jap 013598  |  ochre on canvas  |  91 x 60.5 cm

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Sandy Creek by June Peters

June Peters  |  Sandy Creek

Jap 011263  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 46 cm

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Mount Hermansburg by Hilary Wirri

Hilary Wirri  |  Mount Hermansburg

Jap 007614  |  watercolour on paper  |  17 x 12 cm

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Sherwin Nature Reserve by Daisy Helen Tjupantarri Ward

Daisy Helen Tjupantarri Ward  |  Sherwin Nature Reserve

Jap 014643  |  acrylic on canvas  |  101 x 101 cm

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Gilbine – Mabel Downs by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Gilbine – Mabel Downs

Jap 013708  |  ochre & acrylic on artboard, framed  |  76 x 60 cm

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Canning Stock Route by Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists

Collaboration Wangkatjungka artists   |  Canning Stock Route

Jap 001921  |  acrylic on canvas  |  174 x 114 cm

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Purnululu – Top Way by Nora Nagarra

Nora Nagarra  |  Purnululu – Top Way

Jap 003955  |  ochre an canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Daam Naginba – My Country by Hector Jandanay

Hector Jandanay  |  Daam Naginba – My Country

Jap 012537  |  ochre on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

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Bunagany and Kinyany by Shirley Purdie

Shirley Purdie  |  Bunagany and Kinyany

Jap 013418  |  ochre on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country by Jack Britten

Jack Britten  |  Munjalnariny – Yalatji Country

Jap 013704  |  ochre & acrylic on paper, framed  |  75 x 57 cm

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Country by Edgar Pike

Edgar Pike  |  Country

Jap 006097  |  acrylic on canvas  |  152 x 73 cm

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Partiri Jiljikurraji by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Partiri Jiljikurraji

Jap 010356  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  60 x 42 cm

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Wardang Hill by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Wardang Hill

Jap 011930  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 100 cm

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Djunuwiny by Doris Gingingara

Doris Gingingara  |  Djunuwiny

Jap 011135  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  65 x 50 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Athanasius Renkarako

Athanasius Renkarako  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012390  |  Watercolour  |  53 x 35.5 cm

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West MacDonnell Ranges by Keith Namatjira

Keith Namatjira  |  West MacDonnell Ranges

Jap 012391  |  Watercolour  |  53 x 37.5 cm

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Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Mt Lapz – Leopold Ranges

Jap 013597  |  ochre on linen  |  121 x 90 cm

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Warla by Francine Steele

Francine Steele  |  Warla

Jap 006099  |  acrylic on canvas  |  90 x 61 cm

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Untitled by Mabel Juli

Mabel Juli  |  Untitled

Jap 009690  |  ochre on canvas  |  61 x 76 cm

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Mistake Creek by Nancy Nodea

Nancy Nodea  |  Mistake Creek

Jap 012213  |  ochre on canvas  |  100 x 80 cm

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Picanninny Creek by Marcia Purdie

Marcia Purdie  |  Picanninny Creek

Jap 011257  |  ochre on canvas  |  76 x 50 cm

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Women Drinking at Waterhole by Mary McLean

Mary McLean  |  Women Drinking at Waterhole

Jap 011216  |  acrylic on paper  |  85 x 65 cm

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