Australian Aboriginal art dot/desert paintings
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At the heart of all Australian Aboriginal art is "The Dreamtime."

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Dot paintings of the Australian Aboriginal desert peoples are often called sand paintings. This reference stems from
their genesis in ground paintings that are created by clans as they move from place to place in the desert. The clan gathers around a central site, which is cleared so that "paintings" can be created using seeds, flowers, sand, stones, feathers, and other natural substances. The clan elders sing their way through the painting process,
imparting tribal knowledge to younger members of the clan. The various symbols are explained and interpreted as lessons in the clan's history and heritage, its creation
story, and the location of sacred sites, food sources, and water holes.

Today, these designs are painted on art board and canvas for sale to the outside world. While the precise meanngs of the designs are usually unclear to outsiders,
they have deep cultural significance to clan members. Details usually are not revealed to anyone outside the clan. Even then, only males who 'graduate' to high rank in the clan learn the full menaing of the designs.

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Mervyn Rubuntja Australian Aboriginal painting
K107 24"x16"
Mervyn Rubuntja

Xavier Wimmitji Australian Aborigine painitng

K109 24"x35.5"
Xavier Wimmitji

KB14 18"x28"
Christine Peterson Nangala

K166 Walpiri
Don Tjungurrayi

Narpula Scobie Aboriginal dot painting
KA72 24"x18"
Narpula Scobie

W688 Aborignal art pansy Napangadi
W688 Walpiri 36"x30"
Pansy Napangati

KB06 Pitjantjatjara 46.5"x26.25"
William Sandy

Narpula Scobie Aboriginal desert painting
KA71 24"x18"
Narpula Scobie

KA31 Aboriginal art Loretta McDonald
KA31 Worimi 23"x23"
Loretta McDonald

KA29 Aboriginal art Linda Currie
KA29 Worimi 22"x23"
Linda Currie

Luck Morton Aboriginal dot painting
KB19 23" X 18"
Luck Morton

K168 Aborignal art William Sandy oil
K168 Pitjantjatjara 34" x 10.75"
William Sandy

KA28 Aboriginal art Len Cunningham
KA28 Worimi 24"x35"
Len Cunningham

Joanne Nangala dot painting
KC13 - 14" x 21"
Joanne Nangala

Karen Taylor Aboriginal dot painting
K007-13.25" x 17"
Karen Taylor

Janet Forrester dot painting
KB86-23" x 23"
Janet Forrester

Anthony Nemarluk paiting
KB45 24" x 38"
Anthony Nemarluk

Malpiya Miller Aboriginal Dot Painting
KB87 56" x 28"
Malpiya Miller

KB48 42" x 24"
Walala Tjapaltjari

Australian Aboriginal Colin Warnir painting
KB46 24" x 36"
Colin Warnir

Australian Aboriginal dot painting by Sonder Turner
KC89 48" x 28"
Sonder Turner Nampintjinpa

Lucy Austraslian Aboriginal dot painting
KC90 49" x 43"

Nancy Campbell painting
KC36 48" x 18"
Nancy Campbell Napanangkpa

Amy Pultara Australian Aboriginal dot painting
KC37 36" x 24"
Amy Pultara

Gariella Possum Nungarrayi is the eldest daughter of Clifford Possum Tjapaltarri (deceased), arguably the most reknowned Australian Aborigine painter of or time. Clifford's influence on Gabriella was profound as he was both teacher and role model for her. Gabriella was born at Mt. Allen in the Australian "outback" in 1967. She won her first art award in Alice Springs while in college.

Here are 5 of her signed paintings. Click to view larger images and more information about each "Dreaming".

Sugar Bag

Bushtucker Dreaming

Bushtucker Ceremony

Soakage Dreaming

Women's Body Painting

Gabriella's work has been exhibited in Washington, DC, London, England, Berne, Switzerland, and the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. She is represented in collections ranging from the Holmes a Court collection and the Flinders University Museum to the Kelton Foundation Collection in Santa Monica, CA, and the Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia in Melbourne.

She first came to our attention in 1990 when we met her outside a gallery in Sydney. She visited our hotel room a day later. With child in tow and pregnant like a melon, she unrolled her canvasses. We were immediately struck by the quality of her work and became instant fans. We purchased all that she had with her.

We have since sought out her work wherever we have shopped for Australian Aboriginal art. We were able to acquire five new paintings, showing the evolution of her work from very disciplined traditional designs to more adventurous splashes of vibrant color - still representing the Dreamings of her people.

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W769 Aboriginal art bark painting by Luke Nganjmirra
W769 - Nganjmirra

Larry Nalorman Aboriginal art painting
K151 - Nalorlman

K153 - Nalorlman

Australian Aboriginal bark painting

W813 Aboriginal Art Bark on Board Painting
W813 Wanambi

Aboriginal bark painting
W821 - Maymuru


Australian Aboriginal bark painting
W758 - Mardday

Australian Aboriginal bark painting

Aboriginal art bark painting by Munumgirr

Australian Aboriginal bark painting
CY76 - Tiwi

Australian Aboriginal bark painting
W818 - Gumana

Aboriginal painting by Eddie Blitner
KB58 - Blitner

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Australian Aboriginal art in the US

TribalWorks Australain Aboriginal art gallery
Fort Myers, FL. 33908