Inspiration: Aboriginal Australian Art

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

(Yanjirlpirri Jukurrpa – Star Dreaming by Alma Nungarrayi Granites from

(Artist Charlene Carrington from



  1. joelrden · October 9, 2012

    I love the look of indigenous art. I saw much the same in Alaska, and my idle doodling often reflects similar shapings. Good blog – thank you!

    • bix707 · October 9, 2012

      I only just recently discovered how beautiful and unique Inuit art can be. In fact it’s funny you mentioned it, just last night I began planning a large piece based mainly on that style for inspiration!

  2. LordByrum · October 9, 2012

    Love this. Love seeing art like this getting recognition.

  3. debbieyare · October 9, 2012

    Aboriginal art and culture is fascinating. We can all learn something from their connection to the earth that they walk upon and the art that they produce in celebration of that :-)

  4. platypuspondering · October 10, 2012

    I am so glad you wrote about this the simple complexity in first nation art is so over looked and not given it’s place. I had seen some abreiginal art from Austria before but never in such detail thank you for sharing you gave me a new love and insparation.

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