21st CENTURY ART, C.E.- B.C.


"...the geometry is the light..."


ABORIGINE ART


Peter Marralwanga and Birari


THIS WEBPAGE IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. -- December 19, 1997



The Aborigine's of Australia are some of the greatest artists of pattern and design living today.




Kalkpert The Euro by Peter Marralwanga 1983
Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
131 by 61 cm





















Sunday Business by Birari c.1960
Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
83 by 55 cm






















Birari of the Murrinpatha language group lived at Wadeye. The full title of the piece is "The Story of Sunday Business" Black lines represent tucker (food) and the rest of the circle, water. Sunday Business extends over several months and the group moves from place to place to find food. The straight lines are the tracks the people leave as they pas the billabongs and food areas. Sunday Business sticks are at each side as well as men painted for ceremonial dancing.

There are many sites on the Web to see more Aborigine Art, you might begin with Aborigine Picture Gallery and Australian Art








Photography by Graham Baring Copyright © Sotheby's Australia Pty Ltd Melbourne 1997


21st Century Art, C.E. - B.C., A Context

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