Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art
Desert Painting from 1975

The Desert Painting movement has developed into a dynamic arts industry since its modest beginnings in Papunya during the early 1970s. Today, hundreds of Aboriginal artists create tens of thousands of paintings in many remote communities throughout central Australia.

These artists from the Western, Gibson and Great Sandy desert regions no longer only use traditional iconography or natural ochres. Their paintings today are also colourful, figurative or abstract, bold and sublime. Dreaming narratives of the Ancestors coexist with depictions of historical and contemporary events. Artists, both men and women, have developed such freedom of style and content that the works continue to challenge and excite.