Mitjili Naparrula is one of the most famous Aboriginal women painters. Her paintings has a distinctive personal style based on the sandhills, bushes and trees of her father’s country at Uwalki. She often expresses her heritage and her father’s ‘dreamings’, which is an important aspect of Aboriginal art. We found quotes on Creative Spirits that explains ‘dreaming’ and ‘dreamtime’:
“Each Aboriginal person identifies with a specific Dreaming. It gives them identity, dictates how they express their spirituality and tells them which other Aboriginal people are related to them in a close family, because those share the same Dreaming. One person can have multiple Dreamings.”
“Each form shares the spirituality from the ‘Dreaming’. It is during ceremonies that the trance-like dreaming state seizes the Aboriginal people and they connect with the ancestral beings.”
Aboriginal art information can be found here at Kate Owen Gallery:
“Aboriginal art is based on important ancient stories: even contemporary Aboriginal art, is based on stories (Jukurrpa) and symbols centred on ‘the Dreamtime’ – the period in which Indigenous people believe the world was created. The Dreamtime stories are up to and possibly even exceeding 50,000 years old, and have been handed down through the generations virtually unchanged for all those years.”
We are fascinated with Aboriginal art and will probably post other well-known artists. Unfortunately, many of them do not have their own websites. We rely on Google and Aboriginal art galleries for their biography and images.