Regional Forms And Styles Of Aboriginal Art

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We have come across a fantastic article about Australian Indigenous Art, found on the Australian Governmant Website:


While the 'dot' style of painting common in the Western Desert forms the most widely recognised school of Aboriginal painting, it is by no means the only one. The National Gallery of Australia's collection includes bark paintings, weaving and sculpture. The Gallery also is proud of the large number of works in its collection produced by the Torres Strait Islanders, who are known for their artistic sculptures and headdresses.

The National Gallery of Australia has in its collection what is arguably one of the most powerful works of art created in Australia. The Aboriginal Memorial (1987 - 1988) is an installation of 200 painted hollow log coffins by the artists of Ramingining in Arnhem Land. The Memorial, a collaborative work involving 43 artists, is dedicated to all Indigenous Australians who lost their lives defending their country since European settlement.

The first community art centre was established at Ernabella in central Australia in 1949. Pitjantjatjara people were encouraged to produce woollen rugs and greeting cards using designs developed at the community school. From 1971, Ernabella was a centre for batik fabric art.

Contemporary Indigenous textile production centres like Ernabella Arts, Utopia Arts and Keringke Arts have put Indigenous fashion textiles on the international stage.

Tasmanian artists produce shell necklaces and basketry following traditional styles, while other artists are involved in photography, ceramics, painting and printmaking. Torres Strait Islander artists produce ceremonial art, sculptures, engraved items of material culture and weavings.

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