It’s long been established that Aboriginal Art is the oldest unbroken tradition of art in the world. Through different mediums, the indigenous people of Australia found a way to communicate their ancestral ties and connection to the land they have inhabited for thousands of years.
Emily Kngwarreye was one of the most successful and prominent artists in contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art. Born in 1910 in the Utopia community of Australia’s Northern Territory, Kngwarreye produced an incredible spectrum of work in her own unique style despite not taking up painting in a serious way until she was nearly 80.
The origins of the Modern Aboriginal Art Movement, as we know it today, can be traced to the community of Papunya, a government enforced outstation, and an unknowing catalyst, an art teacher by the name of Geoffrey Bardon.
Artefacts in Kakadu national park have been dated between 65,000 and 80,000 years old, extending likely occupation of area by thousands of years.