Australian Indigenous Art
Australian indigenous art is almost certainly the oldest form of tradition art you will find anywhere in the world. Indigenous was first expressed in Australia as rock carvings which date to more than 30,000 years, some sources inducate that they could be as old as 50,000 years. Designs on the ground and body painting was also used in those early days.
Culture and variety
In Aboriginal culture, art has always been a part of life which serves to connect the past, the present, the dreamtime, reality, the landscape and it's people.
There is a huge variety of Australian Indigenous Art. The quality found in indigenous art shows the diverse culture and the range of differences between indigenous tribes, including the dialects and languages spoken and the terrain their lives were shaped by.
Today's indigenous art crosses a variety of artistic mediums through paper to canvas glass and wood. Modern techniques, like printmaking, are now used to complement traditional crafts.
Influence of art
The way indigenous art has been produced has been altered by the artists' lives and the influence of religious forms and governing bodies. Since the first European explorers came into contact with the Australian Indigenous peoples, trade in artefacts has existed. Colonisation enabled those artefacts to be spread outside Australia and into Asia and beyond.
The prominence and success of indegenous art in today's culture is due in no small way to the efforts of Torres Straits and Aboriginal artists. A huge role has been played by, in particular, painters, who have made not only Australia but the rest of the world aware of the value and rich history of Australian Indigenous Art.