Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal art is communication through pattern.  All designs have a story behind them and this form of storytelling/communication started some 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.  In Aboriginal dot paintings the different colours represent different things.  For example yellow is the sun, brown the soil and white the clouds, etc.

There is a place in the central desert lands called the Maruku Arts and Crafts centre.  It was established in 1984 so that local, indigenous people had somewhere to sell their art and crafts.  Here is a photo of someone doing dot painting:


This next charity shop find was sold as “original Australian art” but only cost £1.99 which all things considered seems rather on the cheap side.  It was in an ugly, wooden frame so I opened it up and I was so pleased that I did as this is what was on the back of the painting:

All the information I needed was there although I cannot find the artist, Dora Taylor.  Anyway this is the painting:


I found one other thing when I opened up the back.  The painting had been put on top of a photo of this lovely looking little chap.



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