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Aboriginal Dot Painting – An Overview

The Aboriginal dot painting style that typifies Australian Aboriginal art has become a medium for telling stories and enlivening culture. Origin of Aboriginal Dot Art Style Often seen in art works from the Central and Western Desert regions, Aboriginal dot painting stems from body painting for ceremony, from sand paintings and symbolic patterns carved on artefacts…

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Aboriginal Art and Kinship Groups

Aboriginal kinship (Skin groups) Aboriginal art is defined by the social and cultural setting where it was created, as is the case in all world art. As a representation of knowledge and of place, set down within an existing social structure, art has a function of expressing identity. Aboriginal artists express their identity and social…

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Indigenous Art or Aboriginal Art?

The words ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘Indigenous’ are both used in Australia to describe the original inhabitants of the Australian continent. The word ‘Aboriginal’ is the established way to describe the first inhabitants, regularly used in contexts of Aboriginal community, Aboriginal health, Aboriginal art etc. ‘Aboriginal’ is also used as a noun, so a person is an…


Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Australia

The contribution of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Australia has been of rapidly growing significance since the first desert works emerged from Papunya in 1971. At that time a young school teacher in the remote community of Papunya in Central Australia, keen to see what unique traditional work the Aboriginal children could produce, indirectly discovered that…

Facts About Aboriginal Art

Facts about Aboriginal Art

How old is ancient Aboriginal art? Aboriginal art is part of the oldest continuous living culture in world history, with Australian Aborigines having settled on the Australian continent somewhere between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago. Evidence of Aboriginal culture is found in the rock art, which so far has been dated back at least 20,000…

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Iwantja Artists – Last Days

Japingka Gallery’s first showing of the Artists from Iwantja comes to an end this week. Purchased works are now available for collection from the gallery. The response to the paintings has been very positive, with sales coming from nearly all the artists’ works in the exhibition. Special comment was often made in relation to the…

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Mowanjum Festival

The Mowanjum Art centre hosts one of Western Australia’s great Aboriginal festival days – 11 July 2013. Mowanjum Festival is always a great event, a pure piece of Kimberley Aboriginal heritage and theatre. If you are anywhere near Derby in the West Kimberley on 11 July you must get there. Aboriginal dancers from all around…

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Men of the Desert: Landmarks & Law Grounds Exhibition

Gallery 1 Friday April 12 at 6.30pm When over 35 senior male artists paint the great stories of their ancestral lands, the stories are bound to be vast and impressive. Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of significant Men’s paintings that focus on Landmarks of identity – places and sites that mark out identity in the…

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Mapping Country – Artists of Ampilatwatja Community

21st September to 31st October Michelle Pula Holmes My Country Jap 008378 Artists from Ampilatwatja community, 320 km north-east of Alice Springs, have a distinctive approach to landscape, producing finely dotted images of Apmer, the traditional custodial lands of the artists. Their country is vast, 17,000 square kilometres of land which the custodians protect and…

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Two Women Artists – Jorna Newberry & Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri

Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri Minyma Inmaku – Women’s Ceremony Jap 008413 This exhibition features two women artists who both began painting in the 1990s after working closely with senior male artists within their family groups. Maisie Campbell Napaltjarri assisted her Pintupi elder husband Barney Campbell Tjakamarra (1928- 2007), before setting out on her own career. Maisie…

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The Colourists: Kudditji Kngwarreye & Lorna Napurrula Fencer

Japingka Gallery presents an exhibition of two of the great colourists of the Central Desert art movement, Kudditji Kngwarreye (born c 1928) and the late Lorna Napurrula Fencer (c1924 – 2006). These two distinctive Indigenous artists are known for their large dynamic paintings, made powerful and electric by the colour they bring to their work.…