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.

Charmaine Pwerle - Awelye - Body Paint
Awelye, 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 Painting
Bark Paintings

The oldest form of Aboriginal Art, yet relatively lacking in longevity.
Aboriginal Ancient Rock Art
Aboriginal Rock Art

There are engravings on cave walls in Arnhem Land dating back at least 40,000 years.
Ochre Painting
Ochre Paintings

Originally prepared using only natural earth pigments with vegetable or animal binders.
Fibre Art
Fibre Art

Originally practical objects, and now objects of beauty and importance.
Sculpture and Wood Carving
Wood Carvings and Sculpture

Varied and exciting developments from traditional to contemporary.
Paintings on Canvas
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
Works on Paper

Albert Namatjira's name is synonymous with this style which largely concentrates on landscapes of the West McDonnell Ranges.
Textiles and Clothing
Textiles

An opportunity to adapt traditional art, using new materials, for an outside market.
New Media
New Media

Many Indigenous Australian artists have embraced new technology and new media.

 

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Related Topics:

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