Australian aboriginal art is a relatively recent phenomenon in modern
art. Every painting presents an ancient dreaming that has been passed
down through the generations. Originally these dreamings
were painted on bodies, bark and sand. After being introduced to
acrylic paints and canvas in the late 1960s, aboriginal artists began capturing
the dreamings on a more permanent medium.
art is quite rare in the United States, with only one major
Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia.
Other galleries include the Booker-Lowe Gallery
in Houston, Texas and
Songlines Aboriginal Art
in San Francisco, California.
This web site presents a small collection assembled by Mark
Kantrowitz. This collection focuses primarily on dot
paintings by major artists from Central Australia. This
art has a contemporary texture, in part because many of the
paintings represent abstract landscapes and skyscapes.
1998 Exhibition at Just Research, Pittsburgh, PA USA