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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art Torres Strait Islands

The art from the Torres Strait Islands is stylistically distinct from that of mainland Aboriginal Australia. It is influenced by decades of interaction with their immediate neighbours in Papua New Guinea and is closely aligned with Pacific art traditions.

The exquisite and elaborate Torres Strait Island masks—for traditional ceremonial use and more contemporary interpretations—are a testament to the skill and sophistication of artists from this region and referenced in sculptures.

Printmaking is a more recent but rapidly developing dynamic art form, with artists drawing on their ancient carving and storytelling traditions to convey the epic narratives of the Ancestors.