Creative Arts & Design

Popular Indigenous Artists From Australia

January 14, 2020

The history of indigenous Art dates back to over 60,000 years. Thus, the fact that cannot be ignored is that despite being a traditional choice it is still very popular. The journey of the Indigenous art is very interesting. The creativity that was born on the walls of the caves or the rocks has now inspired a number of artists who are creating masterpieces with their mind and brushes. Today there are great names associated with this kind of art. Mostly these popular artists belong to Australia and the most amazing of these that are known for their amazing and inspiring works are as follows:

  1. Albert Namatjira

No name in the world of Indigenous art has created as much reputation as Albert Namatjira. Native of the MacDonnell Ranges located in the Central Australia; he is famous for water paintings done in the Western Style. His art work incorporating the landscapes has introduced the white world to the landscapes that are the key feature of the Aboriginal art. It is for his creativity that he won tremendous fame both nationally and internationally. The great indigenous artist and his wife Rubina were able to get the Australian Citizenship back in the mid 1950’s.

  1. Emily Kngwarreye

Emily has an interesting background. The lady started bringing the colours to the canvas after completing her eight decades of life. Her career was not very long as well but still in a journey of eight years she successfully presented her works making a total of 8,000 works in all. This great artistic life of hers made her the top indigenous painter of Australia. Her art works are there in several galleries and museums in different parts of the world.

  1. Gloria Petyarre

When the people in the world of arts talk about the most collectable artist of Australia, then they first of all talk about none other than the world famous Gloria Petyarre. She is known for the abstract works. The award winning creation of hers is known as Leaves that was the winner of the Wynne Prize in 1999.

  1. Rover Thomas

He was born in East Kimberley. He took pride in using the indigenous art techniques to quench his desire of becoming popular in the world. He made use of all contemporary techniques and mediums to revive and popularize the Indigenous art.

  1. Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri

He is also recognized as Anmatyerre who is the pioneer of what is called the dot art. He stands out as a prominent artist with the said skills among his contemporary artists. He was also one of the founding members of the Papunya Tula Artists School that started back in 1972. He met an unfortunate end because on the day he was about to get the prestigious Order of Australia he died.