Indigenous art, it is not only such an incredible part of the world of art, but also the world’s oldest form of cultural art that is still ongoing today. Close to 30,000 years ago, the Australian native community, the aboriginals started this culture as a way of marking their traditional rituals and ceremonies. The very medieval forms of this cultural practices entailed rock paintings, rock cravings sand paintings or ground work, wood carvings and body paintings. The artwork is comprehensive and even uses symbols attached to various meanings; this form of art is even likened to a language in itself.
The indigenous aboriginals used it as a vital link between reality and the supernatural realm, it connected the people to their land, the past was given meaning through art and the present too was represented. It was a centerpiece in their lives; it defined how they did things. During the excavation of Narwala Gabarnmang; it is a native rock shelter whose location is the south western region of Arnhem Land, a charcoal rock painting was found. The rock art at 28,000 years, it is therefore among the oldest pieces of rock art that have seen the light of the day. Narwala Gabarnmang has been documented as a region with the most extensive and diverse collection or rock paintings and art.
Another way that the aboriginals practiced rock is the making or rock engravings. The engravings were created differently depending of the type or rock. Evidence of this form or aboriginal art is plastered in several locations across Australia. Murujuga rock engravings in Western Australia, the Panaramitee rock engravings and in New South Wales are the Sydney rock arts. The Sydney engravings stand apart from the crowd due to their uniqueness. The peculiar style used that features carved humans and animals is remarkable. The rock engravings at Murujuga have their own piece of pride too, images of extinct creatures like the Thylacine are engraved on the rock.
By using different colors to represent various aspects of life, the aboriginal expressed legends ond stories on rocks and caves. Yellow color represented the sun, brown was the connotation for the soil, white meant the sky and clouds while red was used to represent the desert sand. This type of painting is called dot painting. Dot paints of indigenous animals, lakes etc. were the most common paintings. Aerial landscape art was also part of traditional aboriginal art. It entailed representation of the desert landscape from an aerial view; its main purpose was to relay traditional dreaming stories. Rocks, body painting and sand were the main medium used.
Today, aboriginal art is an important aspect of modern art. Painting and drawings of aboriginal art are featured across hundreds of museums across the world. Contemporary paintings that have been created by individual artists and community art groups in art centres are currently on the market. People who wish to be part and parcel of this great traditional art culture can buy aboriginal art online. There are numerous websites offering this service and interested buyers can go through the available selection before making an order. The thrill and experience of being part of aborigal art is now just a click away. Paintings and drawings that have been explained by comments below them are also available.