The exact origin or aboriginal is difficult to date although it can be said that the art is over forty thousand years old. Over the past several centuries, the attitude of the world and Australians towards aboriginal art has changed immensely, the art is considered as a language by itself, and it contains the stories of the aboriginal people of Australia. The art comes in different variations some of these include tangible visual arts such as carvings, paintings, sculptures, and engravings. According to multiple historic sources, there were over 200 distinct aboriginal societies in Australia before the Europeans settlement. Currently sixty of those languages still survive and the culture of the aborigines was conserved through traditional methods of communication, religion, and art.
In the 1960s, the Australian government moved most of the aborigines that were living in the desert to the northern territory of Papunya. Some of the language groups that were involved in the migration included Arrrente, Anmatyrre, Luritija, Walpiri, and Pintupi languages. The main aim of moving the aborigines is still under speculation though many people believe that it was to force the aborigines to assimilate western culture and free up cattle land as well. The aboriginal culture is indigenous, ancient, artistic and is original from the early inhabitants of Australia. The aborigines are believed to have migrated to austral over fifty thousand years ago and brought their spiritual beliefs, culture, and art to the Australian continent.
According to a recent census or 2011, over a half million people consider themselves aborigines representing over 2.5% of Australian population. Aboriginal art is very sacred and the art is considered to carry so much value to the aborigines. It was until a couple of decades ago that artists were granted permission to paint the aboriginal story in their art, this was more visible where the stories contained secrets, or it was sacred. Moreover, if the story was not part of the artists lineage the story was not supposed to be painted at any point.
The aboriginal art is rich and is heavily based on the ancient stories of the aborigines, some of the popular art include dreamtime, which was a representation of world creation. These stories are over fifty thousand years old but they have been passed from one generation to the next of the aborigines. Visual art was popularly used by the aborigines to teach, however the symbols in the painting were interpreted differently depending on the person being taught. The story behind the painting can have more depth when told to an adult when compared to a child. When the story was told to a child, it had more emphasis on behavior and education while when it was told to an adult it had more emphasis on moral value.
Since not all, the early aborigines had a formal way of expressing their teaching or information the only method was aborigine art. The visual art portion of the aboriginal culture included bark paintings, body decorations, rock art, sand and wooden sculptures. The art is rich and comprehensive that most people time to learn all the information therein. The international community has recognized aboriginal art as a rich and historical art representing ancient information and knowledge. There are over five thousand aboriginal artists currently. Most of the artists live in the central desert, western desert, western areas, and far north areas of the Australian continent.
For more information about Aboriginal art gallery please visit: Art of Aboriginal in Perth