Aboriginal art

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Aboriginal Rock Art, Anbangbang Rock Shelter, Kakadu National Park, Australia

Aboriginal art is a type of art native to the Australian Aboriginals. Traditional Aboriginal art was inspired by religious ceremonies or rituals.

Aboriginal art is an important part of the world's oldest continuous cultural tradition. It is also one of the most interesting areas of art. It is based on totems and the Dreaming. All the designs, painted or drawn, have a story behind them.

Symbols are used in Aboriginal art, to show the presence of different things. For example, a 'U' shape is the symbol for a man. Aboriginal art is a language in itself, communicating through beautiful patterns. This started around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.

Some Aboriginal artists sell their artwork for a lot of money. In 2007 Pitjantjatjara artist Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson sold a painting for AU$240,000.[1]

In 2010 the Queensland Government said that it would have the first two Tilt Trains painted by indigenous artists Judy Watson and Alick Tipoti.[2] With seven carriages and two locomotives, the trains will be 185 metres long, making them the biggest modern aboriginal art piece.[2] The Tilt Trains will run between Brisbane and Cairns.

The paintings are usually used with dark, earthy colours like dark brown, light brown, orange, red, etc.

Also in Aboriginal art there are also aboriginal masks. Aboriginal Masks are made of colourful dots and are long and thin.

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  1. "An Aboriginal art success farewells Sydney". abc.net.au. 2011 [last update]. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-03-27/an-aboriginal-art-success-farewells-sydney/2642408. Retrieved 6 August 2011. "Pitjantjatjara artist Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson."
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Artists Named For Iconic Indigenous Tilt Trains at Aboriginal Art News". aboriginalartnews.com.au. 2011 [last update]. http://www.aboriginalartnews.com.au/2010/08/artists-named-for-iconic-indigenous-tilt-trains.php. Retrieved 6 August 2011. "Judy Watson and Alick Tipoti"