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Why to Buy Australian Indigenous Art?

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Australian indigenous art is collected across the world. Those who buy indigenous art comment on the influences of style from art history found in indigenous art.


  • Why to Buy Australian Indigenous Art?

  • Australian indigenous art is

    collected across the world.

    Those who buy indigenous art

    comment on the influences of

    style from art history found in

    indigenous art. Yet indigenous

    artists live in remote outback

    Australia, without television,

    movies, galleries or museums.

    Here are three parallels to

    popular art styles to assist you to

    buy Australian indigenous art.

  • Impressionism began in France

    in the 1860s. Famous Impressionists are Monet,

    Degas, Renoir and Pissarro.

    Impressionists capture a feeling

    or experience of moving light

    and colour on surfaces and

    depict the ephemeral quality of

    life in the here and now. The

    images and subjects had

    modernity, especially the faster

    pace and improvements of daily


  • Polly Ngale is a widely exhibited

    Indigenous artist that intuitively

    utilises impressionism in her art.

    Polly is a senior custodian from

    the Utopia region in the Northern

    Territory and paints the Bush Plum

    (Anwekety) Dreaming. The bush

    plum is a sweet black berry with

    yellow seeds that grows only a few

    weeks of the year on a tangled,

    spiny shrub. The bark from the

    roots is medicinal for skin and eye

    conditions. Her works also draw

    from the knowledge of her

    ancestral journey.

  • Nave Art is best known for a

    childlike simplicity in subject and

    technique, often produced by

    self-taught artists with little formal

    training. In French nave has Latin roots meaning natural and

    native. Nave art is simple, fresh

    and spontaneous, bursting with

    colour, excitement and humour.

    However the artist uses

    painstaking detail to achieve a

    uniquely literal perspective of a

    tale, event, ritual, ceremony or


  • Famous nave painters are Henri

    Rousseau and Grandma Moses

    (her work The Pond shown below), however nave artists are

    found all over the world - in

    France, Africa, England, Eastern

    Europe, Russia, Israel, North and

    South America.

  • And in Australia as seen in the

    wonderful nave artworks of

    Dinny Kunoth Kemarre. Dinny is

    renowned for his paintings of

    bush football and horse racing, in

    which he tells a story of modern

    Indigenous life in outback

    Australia. Bush football is popular

    in the Utopia region of Northern

    Territory where they emulate the

    AFLs teams. The annual Harts Range Races is the subject for

    his horse racing paintings as

    seen in this engaging and

    entertaining art work.

  • Art Nouveau is a style of decorative

    art that uses intricate linear designs,

    curving lines and flowing organic

    shapes based on natural forms

    including plants and flowers. Art

    Nouveau originated in Europe in the

    late 19th century and literally means

    new art. Art Nouveau led to the Art Deco phase popular in the 20th

    Century. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

    was famous for his Moulin Rouge,

    Art Nouveau style and Gustav Klimt

    for his detailed floral paintings, such

    as Farm Garden 1906 shown below.

  • Native Australian flowers shown with

    an art nouveau undertone feature in

    the works of Indigenous artists

    Janice Clarke Kngwarreye and Lily

    Lion Kngwarrey who both belong to

    the traditional countries

    Ngkwarlerlanem and Arnkawenyerr.

    Janices Dreamtime stories are the sweet honey grevillea and the

    Alpeyt or acacia flower.

  • Lilys Indigenous art works have been exhibited around the world

    since 1977. She uses very fine dot

    work and delicate brush strokes with

    intricate shades of colour. Her

    Dreaming tells stories of the acacia

    flower, seeds and leaves. The seeds

    are ground into paste for making

    native bread.

  • To buy Australian indigenous art visit

    online gallery Art to Art and view a

    wide selection of reputable

    Australian indigenous art sold with

    certificates of authenticity. The team

    at Art to Art can assist you to buy

    indigenous art for your art collection

    and lasting enjoyment.

  • Contact us

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    Balwyn North

    VIC 3104 Australia

    P. 03 9859 6040

    M. 0413 945 249

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