CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL ART
Piermarq has an exceptional reputation as an art gallery and advisory business in providing our clients access the finest contemporary Aboriginal art. Piermarq specialises in Central and Western Desert painting from the Northern Territory of Australia.
Piermarq have the great privilege of exhibiting the masters of the Aboriginal art movement. Artists such as Tommy Watson, George ‘Hairbrush’ Tjungurrayi, Esther Giles Nampitjinpa and Tjawina Porter Nampitjinpa are revered as the most significant living Australian Aboriginal artists.
These ‘first contact’ artists represent a unique and finite period in Australian cultural heritage, in that they are the last remaining generation of artists raised in the traditional tribal lifestyle. Until the 1950’s or 60’s, these artists had no contact with Western society. Each paining is a historical document to be celebrated and represents a significant symbol of Australian history.
The Aboriginal people passed down knowledge through the ages through symbols, dance and stories. The mythology or ‘Alchera’ and the landscape are intertwined. Ancient rock carvings can still be found in the Australian outback today depicting these important symbols which were the basis for survival in the harsh desert landscape and indicated where water, food and shelter could be found as well as important cultural traditions and stories.
The great miracle we have been witnessing since the 1970’s is of this culture expressing itself through painting. Beginning with ethnographic paintings on boards, the Aboriginal art movement has evolved to include magnificent acrylic on linen paintings in recent times. The imagery has existed as long as the culture itself – more than 50,000 years – and represents a window into the world’s longest continuous linear culture.
To learn about the artists and background of contemporary Aboriginal art, feel free to browse our website or to contact us on [email protected]