Contemporary Aboriginal art also called Contemporary Indigenous Australian art is credited to the indigenous Australians artists who are believed to be the fathers of the modern-day art work. It is believed to have started in the Northern Territory, North west of Alice springs in Papunya by a movement of Artists in the early 1970’s.Kaapa Tjampitjinpa, Clifford Possum Tjapaltajarri were among the group of artists who began the movement that was sponsored by an Art worker and Teacher Geoffrey Bardon. Across the remote and rural Aboriginal Australia, the group of artists work triggered great interest from all the generations. Although a different genre of contemporary Indigenous art was developing in urban centres, the movement became a focal point of the Australian Art.
The Indigenous art centers created by the movement, have lead to the development of the contemporary art movement which by the year 2010 represented over 4500 artists most of them coming from Australia’s west and north. The Contemporary aboriginal artists also have many prominent Australian Awards to their name. For a third time, the indigenous artists bagged in the Wynne Prize. In 2003 and 2006 the clemenjer contemporary art award was won by John Mawurndjui and Judy Watson respectively. In 2007 Shirley Purdie alongsisde Linda Syddic Napaltjarri a common finalist at the award bagged in the religious Blake Prize. Jenni Kemarre Martiniello from Canberra in 2013 won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award which is meant for indigenous Artists.
Rover Thomas a Contemporary aboriginal artist, represented Australia at the Venice Biennale both in 1990 and 1997. In 2007 the first indigenous piece of art known as the Earth’s Creation by Emily Kngwarreye made history by becoming the first indigenous art work to sell for over a million dollars. The Contemporary arboriginal artists are also no amateurs in solo presentations in both international and Australian stages. Leading contemporary Aboriginal Artists have had their works included in collaborations such as the design of Musee du quai and Branly. To prove how the contemporary Aboriginal artists’ work is still viable in our society, almost all of their work is put on exhibitions in all Australia’s popular public galleries, this includes the National Gallery of Australia, which in 2010 launched a new section to specialize in only Indigenous collection.
Origins and evolution of Contemporary aboriginal art.
Archeological evidence of origin and Evolution of the art prove that Contemporary aboriginal art is the world’s oldest art that has been carried to the modern day. Before the European came to settle in Australia, the original inhabitants used various art forms, such as wood, sculpture, weaving, bark painting, carving and rock carving. Most of these art works have continued to be used up to today. They are used both in creation of art works for sale and exhibition and also for traditional purposes.
However, Since the settling of Europeans, usome other pieces of the indigenous contemporary art have been on the decline as some have been forgot and others are nolonger used. Some of the techniques that no longer see the light of the day include making of possum-skin cloaks and body decoration meant for scaring. However, Indigenous contemporary Aboriginal Australian artists have also adopted and acclimatized the use of modern strategies such as painting on canvas and paper. Drawings by William Barak in the late nineteenth century present a Good examples of this.
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