Aboriginal Art Has World-Wide Appeal

Although Aboriginal Art is unique to Australia, this ancient art form has received recognition and acclaim world-wide!

In the early days, Indigenous art was mostly admired in museums but as time went on and the Contemporary Aboriginal Art Movement emerged from the early 1970’s in Papaya Tula, Aboriginal art began to become appreciated and collected throughout Australia and then the world, as a sought after contemporary art form.

Most prominently Aboriginal Art has gained international acclaim throughout the USA and Europe with the work of revered artists being exhibited and admired on the international platform.

One important example is that of the late artist Ningura Napurrula who’s signature work is superimposed eternally on the ceiling of the Paris museum’s building “Musée du quai Branly”.

More recently, in 2019 in New York, the prestigious Gagosian Gallery held their exhibition, “Desert Painters of Australia” which changed the game for Aboriginal Art on the international art market. The exhibition which featured nine Indigenous works from actor Steve Martin’s collection generated huge interest, as Martin is a major collector of contemporary art owning pieces by Andy Warhol, David Hockney and now that of the number one female Australian artist, Emily Kame Kngwarreye.

Following this, a new commercial show at High Line Nine in Chelsea, New York has continued to highlight the importance of Aboriginal Art on the international market with the exhibition of “Emily”. A huge seventeen artworks by the renowned and auction record holding Emily Kame Kngwarreye were showcased, strengthening the notion that Aboriginal Art truly is it’s own internationally recognised contemporary art movement.