what you need to know about australian art

What You Need To Know About Australian Art? As you probably know, Australia is a country of many artistic traditions. But did you know that our art goes back to 45,000 years ago? Or that Aboriginal artists are some of the most innovative in the world? Here’s what else you need to know about Australian art

The oldest work of art in Australia is 44,000 years old. 

The oldest work of art in Australia is a rock engraving in Kakadu National Park that’s 44,000 years old. The outline picture shows a human figure with a boomerang and throwing stick. 

This discovery was made by archaeologists during the 1970s when they were looking for evidence of Aboriginal life dating back to pre-European times. They found this image on the rock wall of an outdoor shelter called Nawarla Gabarnmang (Mt Napper). 

Contemporary Australian art is the most valuable in the world. 

It’s no surprise that contemporary Australian art is the most valuable in the world. Australia is a rich country and has a lot of money, and it has a lot of famous artists and collectors. The art market in Australia is also very strong, with many galleries, auction houses and private dealers selling art from all over the world. 

Australian artists are held in high esteem by collectors across the globe because they have created some of the most iconic images of our time. These include Sidney Nolan’s Ned Kelly series, Arthur Boyd’s depictions of Aboriginal life before European settlement as well as Brett Whiteley’s paintings from his travels around Europe after leaving school at 15 years old. 

The Western Desert movement gave Aboriginal artists. 

Aboriginal art is a vibrant and powerful expression of cultural pride, history and tradition. It has been used for thousands of years by Aboriginal peoples to tell stories about their culture. In the 1960s, a group of Aboriginal artists from Western Australia called themselves the “Papunya Tula Artists” or “Tula Artists”. Their work was influenced by both traditional dot painting techniques and western abstract expressionism. 

These artists wanted to change how people viewed Australia’s Indigenous peoples – they wanted people to see them as equals rather than less than human. They began painting images that reflected their own lives (e.g., hunting kangaroos) instead of just copying other works (see below). This movement was called “The Western Desert Movement”, because it was based in an area west of Alice Springs known as “the Red Centre”. 

The Turner prize has come to Australia, but not everyone is happy about it. 

The Turner prize is the UK’s most prestigious art prize, awarded to a British artist under 50 years of age for their recent work. It has been running since 1984 and was set up in order to get artists more exposure and funding. 

Awarded every year since 2001, it is given by Tate Britain (the UK’s national gallery) and takes its name from J. M. W Turner – an English Romantic painter who lived between 1775–1851. The award can go to any kind of artist – painters, sculptors, poets etc – but they have to be based in the UK for their whole career and are normally around 40 years old when they receive it (this year’s winner will be announced on December 3rd). 


The Australian art scene is a vibrant, diverse and ever-changing one. This is in part due to the nation’s rich artistic tradition and long history of painting and sculpture. 

In fact, Australia has been producing quality works for centuries; indigenous artists have been creating beautiful artifacts since before European settlers arrived on Australian shores centuries ago. Many of these artifacts are still in existence today – some of them held by museums or galleries around the world (including the National Gallery of Victoria). 

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