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Aboriginal Art, A Truly Ancient Art Form

Apr 17, 2008
Immigrants traveled from Asia to the North of Australia and populated out harsh north. In some recently discovered areas of the Kimberly's and Arnhem land their is overwhelming proof of the Arrival of the first Australians.

In the North of Australia these first humans faced an harsh environment, with wild weather and animals. People made homes in Sandstone caves, which even today some of these caves show traces of these early inhabitants. Daily living implements, shells, leaves, bark, sticks and stones covered the floor. People soon discovered that ochre provided a great tool to paint and soon were making records of their daily life.

A lot of different methods are used to date Aboriginal art including carbon dating, optically stimulated luminescence and accelerator mass spectrometry. These test were done on a lot of the undisturbed cave discovered as well as many of the implements which in themselves sometimes had paintings on them. These confirmed one of the earliest proof of man making art.

Radiocarbon dating is limited to a maximum age of around 40 000 years, and the newer techniques are required for dating of older materials. AMS is a new radiocarbon dating method enabling the dating of much smaller samples of carbon than the traditional radiocarbon (C-14) method.

Pieces of Ocre have been associated with nearly all discovered sites and most have been dated at over 10000 years. The reason we dwell on the heritage of Aboriginal art is simply to prove that it can be traced back to the stone age. While aboriginal art now uses a lot of the latest artistic materials, many of the old favorites are still in use, so ochre, bark and wood is still popular.

Because of the difficulty in presenting art in caves to a wider audience it was only a matter of time before art moved onto canvas and tiles. With the early artist creating a dedicated following many of their paintings and carvings have appreciated phenomenally , some showing unprecedented growth.

There are so many ways to celebrate art and decorate walls and rooms that , aboriginal art offers something that is original with nearly every one been hand painted on location. Because of this it is much easier to get a painting from a new painter while they are unknown. Image getting an early Albert Namatjira you couldn't not smile.

You will then have a valuable and authentic piece of aboriginal art, there is nothing quiet like watching a piece of art bout cheap go for $50000 dollars. While many artist will never achieve this type of fame it seems that more aboriginal paintings and carvings are appreciating faster.
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