Thursday, 26 January 2012

Rock art

The most basic native art was paintings or engravings on rock or on the walls of rock shelters and caves. Red ochre was being used for the work of art at least 30,000 years ago in central Australia. In olden days people narrate these very old pictures to the events of Dreaming beings. In native art people used to show a continuing ancestral presence in their images which make it to look scary.

The regional styles have been reflected in three broad styles of rock art. 

The first style of can be found in Central Australia, Tasmania, the Kimberley and in the areas of Victoria. This style of art has been engraved as arithmetical figures such as circles, concentric circles, semicircles, beast paths and dots. 

The second most regional art has been found in Queensland and this is the simple figurative style of art or engraved shadows of human and animal forms. 

And the last style of regional art is of complex figurative paintings portray detailed figures, such as x-ray art that shows internal organs of humans and animals, which are particularly widespread to Arnhem Land and nearby areas.

The largest collections of rock art is found in the tradition listed Dampier Archipelago in Western Australia, in which the rock drawings are thought to number in the millions.

Rock Art

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