When I was little my family and I were lucky enough to live in Australia for a few years. Of course, like most kids, I didn’t really appreciate just how amazing it was to have been there. I didn’t realize until much later just how much of an impact that experience had on me and my influences, specifically Aboriginal art that is so hauntingly beautiful and expressive.
(I couldn’t find any credits or details about this one, only that it is painted on stone)
(again, couldn’t find any credits for this one, but it looks almost exactly like a small piece that I have hanging up)
I love pointillism, and styles that leave out important lines rather than rendering every detail. They let the audience actually participate in the art by allowing their minds to fill in the blanks and create the rest of the image. I think that’s why I love sketches so much since they’re so often just the idea of the image without being fully rendered.
The subject matter of Aboriginal art is also beautiful, often very abstract representations of mythology and the natural landscape of Australia.
(Ngapa Jukurrpa – Water Dreaming by Felicity Nampijinpa Robertson from www.aboriginalartonline.com)
(Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Star Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites from www.aboriginalartonline.com)
(Artist Charlene Carrington from aboriginal-art-australia.com)