Using symbols as an alternative of storytelling, and passing those stories to the next generations, is at the heart of this wonderful art form.
The Story of Aboriginal Art
To preserve culture, information must be passed on. In a time when written language did not exist, Australian Aboriginal people found the perfect way to convey their culture and history through art, so that they could share it with future generations. Aboriginal Art dates back 60,000 to 80,000 years. Back then, they used to paint on rocks and ceremonial articles with ochres.
Australian Aboriginals did only use symbols to share stories, they used them to teach the coming generations about survival and the use of land, too. They started doing that thousands of years ago, however, the first paintings weren’t created until the 30s. In 1937, Albert Namatjira held the very first exhibition in Adelaide. He was the most famous of the original Aboriginal art watercolor painters.
Today’s Aboriginal Art
What we know today as Aboriginal Art didn’t start until the 1970s. Back in 71, there was a school teacher called Geoffrey Bardon. At the time, he had visited Papunya, and during his trip, he noticed that Aboriginal men told stories through symbols they drew in the sand. Thinking of preserving their art form, he encouraged them to paint their story on canvas. This one tip gave birth to an incredible art movement that we now know as Aboriginal Art.
This contemporary art form was deemed the most exciting one of the 20th Century. For Aboriginal artists to paint their stories, they must receive permission, since they cannot create a painting about a story that doesn’t belong to them through their family. Their choice of colors and style can be quite particular depending on the community they are from.
Aboriginal Art in Boulder
Here at Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery & Event Center, we feel very honored to be able to display Aboriginal paintings and the stories they depict. It makes us so happy to help people find the right one to take home and enjoy forever. We only purchase our Aboriginal and Torres Strait art from Australian art centers or a gallery that is sourced from an art center. These art centers are legally constituted, non-profit cooperatives that are owned and run by the artists and their communities. All of our art that is larger than 12″ x 12″ comes with an official art center authentication, and the smaller pieces include a bio on the artist. It is a core value of ours to make sure that every artist whose work we carry is fairly compensated for creating these incredible pieces.
Stop by our art gallery to check out our incredible artwork.