Indigenous art is a popular form of art that is growing famous among art lovers. Inspired by the traditionally created art by the Aboriginal tribes this art in the contemporary world is based on a number of themes, styles and features. It is undoubtedly a great way of bringing out the creativity as it combines together both the traditional and the contemporary concepts.
The basis for the classification of themes
For those who want to acquire knowledge about the indigenous people and their culture, indigenous art is an excellent choice. It gives an insight into the traditions, socio-political circumstances and the cultural shades of the indigenous living. As the culture varies from place to place and territory to territory therefore the art in each of the territories is found to be different and diverse as well. The themes of the indigenous art are therefore, distinguished on the basis of the geographical bounds and the demographic characteristics prevailing in that region. Based on these differences the indigenous theme is classified into the following sub-groups:
- Central Australian art
- The top-end art
- Urban art
- The Central Australian Art
The Central Australian part comprises the central and the western desert area. This part of the region is popular for its drawings and stories. These stories are owned by the people living in this part of Australia. It is these stories that have been given life by the popular indigenous artists. The popular artists belonging to this region include Papunya Tula painters. The Utopian artist Emily Kngwarreye is also representative of this territory. All the artists of the region are known for translating and transforming the traditional motifs into the beautiful paintings. Usually, these motifs are found in the beach areas on the sand, on the rocks and on the boards as well. These symbols were used to represent the various natural phenomenon’s, locations and creatures. The dot paintings are further created with the themes of weathers especially the rainy times.
The changing social setups and the political conditions also influence the artwork by the artists in this region. The most influential happening that left long-lasting implications included the nuclear weapon tests that compelled many residents to move to other parts. They expressed their emotions and feelings through their creations.
- Art in the top end region
The indigenous art popular in this region is known for the exhibit of the clan designs that are the identity of this region. The iconography of this part can be easily distinguished from the rest of Australia and especially the Central region. The artists in the North Queensland and Torres Strait represent their culture and tradition along with the social and political happenings that are influencing them.
- The urban art
In Northern Australia, the most amazing quality of the artists is that just with the inspiration from the traditions and norms they are creating the masterpieces without any proper training. The situation is a little different in urban areas. It is where keen artists visit schools and art training centres. Due to their expertise, pieces of training and the knowledge they are classified as urban artists. The popular urban artists who were born and then trained in the urban settings are Michael Riley from New South Wales, Onus, Danis Mellor and Brenda Croft.