Types of Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art has been around for many thousand years, and during that time it has taken a multitude of forms and been used for many purposes.

Body Paint and Ceremonial Artifacts - transient in nature, body paint designs have more latterly been painted in acrylic by famous artists such as Minnie Pwerle and her descendants...

Bark Paintings - The oldest form of Aboriginal Art, yet relatively lacking in longevity...

Aboriginal Rock Art - There are engravings on cave walls in Arnhem Land dating back at least 40,000 years...

Ochre Paintings - Originally prepared using only natural earth pigments with vegetable or animal binders...

Fibre Art - Originally practical objects, and now objects of beauty and importance...

Wood Carvings and Sculpture - varied and exciting developments from traditional to contemporary...

Paintings on Canvas, Linen or Board - inspired by Geoffrey Bardon in the early 1970's, and now one of the most acclaimed art movements in the world...

Works on Paper - Albert Namatjira's name is synonymous with this style which largely concentrates on landscapes of the West McDonnell Ranges...

Textiles - an opportunity to adapt traditional art, using new materials, for an outside market...

New Media - many Indigenous Australian artists have embraced new technology and new media...

Related Topics:

Aboriginal Art Symbols
Aboriginal Dreamtime Stories - Jukurrpa
History of the Aboriginal Art Movement