Aboriginal Art

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Aboriginal Art also referred to as Australian Indigenous art is a type of painting done on several objects like clothes, woods and rocks. The aboriginal art is also linked to the ancient drawing culture of Egyptians who used to draw paintings on the walls, rocks and many other ancient ornaments. The aboriginal art is the heritage of the indigenous people of Australia. These indigenous people are believed to be the ancient men from Africa who migrated to Australia some 50,000 years ago. Due to the ancient touch in the aboriginal art, it has gained international recognition and now artists from around the globe are also indulged in aboriginal art. The aboriginal art have many branches in itself. People use to explain stories in the form of paintings done on various objects. This attribute of art is acclaimed by many people in the world and such work is also auctioned at high prices in popular art festivals. The aboriginal art is used by artists to paint visual stories that have the heritage of world’s oldest stories in form of paintings that are about 50,000 years old unchanged as they are passed down to generations.

The aboriginal art is done in many ways like rock painting, rock engraving, dot painting and bark painting etc. The rock painting is the oldest tradition of the world. These rock paintings are usually found on rock caves as they were made by ancient people when they used to live on caves. People still love to paint rock caves as they were made by ancient people when they used to live on caves. People still love to paint rocks and engrave them in order to conserve the culture and heritage. The work of aboriginal painting on rocks found in western part of Australia is the oldest example of painting done by ancient men and is estimated to be around 40,000 years old.

Dot painting is the attribute of Aboriginal painting that uses the traditional aboriginal colours like red, white and brown. The dot painting was done by the ancient people to encrypt their private stories and messages from strangers. The ancient artists used dots in specific patterns and colours to convey their visual messages and write sacred stories that could only be understood by their kinds. Likewise the bark painting is also the eldest form of the aboriginal art which is still practiced by the indigenous generation. Bark painting usually involved carving out wood from barks to make images that seemed like paintings.

The aboriginal art is the traditional way of painting that has its roots netted to the ancient times. This type of art is helpful in describing the culture of ancient African tribes and the believed descendants in Australia have revived the culture for thousands of years. They continue to preserve their heritage by teaching the artwork to their younger ones. The aboriginal art has grown worldwide importance and items are displayed at many festivals. The noble work on objects is also sold at high prices by the admirers of ancient artwork.

Lawrence Macay