Genius Indigenous Design

August 14, 2017 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | ART, AUSTRALIANIA | 0 Comments |

One does not have to be immersed in the Dreaming to appreciate the intricate and splendid decorative arts of Australian indigenous artists. By “decorative,” we mean glorious designs that lift the spirit rather than wallpaper: the designs, devoid of mythic meaning, can be enjoyed by all (as in, say, beautiful Islamic decorative art).


At the recent Wynne Prize exhibition (see our Archibald et al review), there were some outstanding examples: the best of which was the deserving winner, Ngayuku mamaku ngura (my father’s country), minyma mingkiri tjuta (small desert female mice) by Wawiriya Burton (below):



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