Thursday, May 10, 2012

Aboriginal Art from Australia- Part 2

Canopy LV, by Brian Branchflower, born 1939 Brighton, England
Piltati, by Eileen Yaritja Stevens, born 1919 South Australia
 Possum Dreaming, Clifford Tjapaltjarri born c1932 Northern Territory, died 2002 Alice Springs, NT 

The artists use pattern and design to tell their narrative. Dots were used to cover secret ceremonies, expressing their culture and their landscape. Limited colors when supplies were not available, various materials depending on where they lived, but always abstract, often aerial views and creative approaches to expressive visual storytelling of their people. I find it mesmerizing and delightful.

These three paintings are from the Art Museum collection in Perth, Western Australia

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Aboriginal Art from Australia

Sand Dunes, 1999 by Eubena Nampitjin born c 1921 in Tjinjadpi, Western Australia

Kimberley Landscape, 1987 by Paddy Jaminya, born 1912 in Warmuri Kimberley, Western Australia, Died 1995

KirriWirri, 2007 by Daniel Walbidi, born 1983 in Broome, Western Australia

These three examples of aboriginal art from the Art Museum in Perth show how fresh and creative and abstract the style is. The color and pattern, the simplicity and complexity of design is sophisticated and elegant. I love these and have several more to show you in my next post.