With more than 40,000 years of history, this type of art coming from Australia is one of today’s most exciting contemporary art forms.
A Look into Aboriginal Art
The Australian Aboriginal culture dates back anywhere from 60,000 to 80,000 years since the Aborigines settled on Australian ground. This is where Aboriginal art comes from. Australian Aboriginal art is all about storytelling and it’s one of the oldest ongoing traditions of art in the history of the world.
Due to their lack of written language, the Aboriginal culture resorted to visual language —using symbols and icons— to pass on their stories to future generations, in order to preserve their culture. According to this culture, life is based on a set of beliefs called Dreamtime, or The Dreaming. A lot of the ancient Aboriginal art is centered around symbolism related to these spiritual beliefs, as well as tales.
The Rise of Aboriginal Art
Back in 1971, Geoffrey Bardon, a school teacher who visited Papunya, noticed that Aboriginal men would draw symbols in the sand while telling stories. He encouraged them to capture their art onto canvas, in order to preserve the tails. This is how modern Aboriginal art was born, and it soon became an exciting art form.
Australian Aboriginal art can take a wide variety of forms, including drawing, carving, painting, and in modern culture, even video and photography. It is common for Aboriginal artists to use natural elements in their craft, including feathers, bark, flowers, or sand, but they also work with synthetic materials. The combination of elements along with its historical background creates pieces that are unique, expressive of the culture, and certainly, captivating.
At Rembrandt Yard, we have authentic Aboriginal artwork on display, which has been custom framed and is available for purchase at affordable prices. Come, admire these wonderful works of art at our gallery in Boulder. We will also be having a large import of unique new pieces on display in September, so please check back in with us!