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Australian Indigenous Art

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J+G Grant (jggrant)
Sat, 18 Sep 1999 11:29:52 +1000

Hi everyone
Great article in today's 'Weekend Australian' newspaper ( by
Susan McCulloch-Uehlin. I have tried to download but without success -
maybe someone with more abilities than me will be able to. However, here is
just the start. If anyone is interested in more (and the graphics are quite
beautiful) let me know and I will see what I can do.
"The art and rocks vibrate in tones of orange and red, and the sage spinifex
turns violet as the sun sets on a typical dry-season day in the Kimberley.
of Balgo Hills to the town of Kununurra, the glow of dozens of small
bushfires illuminates the gathering dusk like so many glow-worms weaving
their way through the scrub.
Like these slow-moving fires, the Aboriginal art move of this vast and
stunningly beautiful land is spreading with a life and form of its own.
Art from the east Kimberley community of Warmun, the birthplace of modern
Kimberley painting, is unique for its artists' use of natural ochres on
canvas. Other Kimberley communities, such as the southern community of
Balgo Hills and the central community of Fitzroy Crossing, use acrylic on
canvas and watercolour on paper rspectively, while painters from some
coastal areas maintain the tradition of painting Wandjina figures on both
bark and canvas."
I also have a friend working up in Fitzroy Crossing - so I maybe able, with
her permission, to pass on any messages to the community up there.