Australian aboriginal paintings
Aboriginal artists continue to express the value of their ancient beliefs and evoke the depth of their relationship with the Australian landscape. The paintings are timeless, yet changing, like the land itself. Aboriginal paintings are a major contribution to Australian contemporary art.
In Australian Aboriginal Paintings Jennifer Isaacs has selected a collection of traditional paintings which spans decades and which displays the distinctive styles of two regions of Australia: the western desert and Arnhem Land.
Some of the artists are photographed with their paintings, together with the diverse landscapes which inspire them. The paintings are simply presented to be easily appreciated, with brief notes interpreted from the information provided by the artists themselves.
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1980 Courtesy Hogarth 1986 Courtesy Gallery 1988 Courtesy Centre Aboriginal Artists Alice Springs ancient animals ANMATYERRE ANMATYERRE Area AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL PAINTINGS bark paintings Caz Gallery Centre for Aboriginal clan colours Contemporary Art coolamons Courtesy Gallery Gabrielle Courtesy Hogarth Galleries creation ancestors crocodile custodians David Malangi desert Dhuwa Djankawu dots DREAMING 1988 Courtesy fish Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi GANALBINGU Area goanna Group or Language GUNWINGGU Area HONEY ANT DREAMING human hair kangaroo kinship subsection Kintore landscape Lightning Spirit lines Manggalili MANINGRIDA Mimi Nangala Napangardi Ngalyod Nganjmirra Northern Territory ochre OENPELLI painters painting depicts PAPUNYA This painting Papunya Tula patterns Perentie PINTUPI Area Pitjantjatjara Possum Private Collection Rainbow Serpent RAMINGINING religious Rembarrnga ritual rock roundels sandhills shown song cycles spears symbols Tjampitjinpa Tjangala Tjapaltjarri Group Tjukurrpa Tjungurrayi Group totemic tracks traditional travelled tree U-shapes WARLPIRI Area waterholes Wawilak Sisters western Arnhem Land WITCHETTY GRUB women Yelangbara Yirritja Yuendumu Yulngu