Aboriginal art crafted by Australia’s Indigenous community is an amazing display of the rich, diverse heritage and culture of these communities. For tens of thousands of years, Australian Aboriginals have been using ochres as body paint as well as on barks and rocks. However, it was not until the 1930s that the first paintings were done in water colour.
The artwork has different styles and characters depending on which region an artist is from as well as what language they speak. Aboriginal art is an important way to convey cultural stories within these communities throughout the generations.
Mbantua gallery is proud to offer affordable Aboriginal art by our talented Aboriginal artists.
The Aboriginal community in Australia have no written language so their cultural stories are often portrayed using symbols and icons in their artwork to preserve their heritage, stories and culture.
Traditional Aboriginal dot paintings consist of thousands of “Dots”. It takes the artist many, many hours of concentration and attentiveness as the completed painting represents a story with traditional symbols embedded throughout.
And while some of the symbols may look simple, they are used in elaborate and well thought-out combinations to tell a complex story. Paintings done by artists often have an ‘outside’ story for non-indigenous audiences, while there’s a more thorough inside story that can be understood by those with the appropriate level of knowledge.
Mbantua Gallery specialises in art from the Utopia region north-east of Alice Springs. One of our main missions is to promote Aboriginal art and culture and provide a space to learn as much as possible from these communities.
All our artwork comes with a profile of the artist, plus a certificate of authenticity. Browse through our lovely selection of affordable, authentic Aboriginal art to find one that speaks to you. We have free shipping for unstretched paintings within Australia and internationally. If you have any questions, you can reach us on +61 8 8952 5571 or submit a message online.