Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a rich history of artistic production. Indigenous art is often used to share stories and educate others on important cultural traditions.
Urban Road is proud to offer a broad selection of Indigenous artwork prints in both traditional and modern styles. The Indigenous artists whose work we stock come from many regions throughout Australia, and their prints speak to their artistic skill and cultural heritage.
Browse the complete collection of Aboriginal artwork for sale on our website today.
- What Is Aboriginal Art?
Aboriginal art is the term used to describe artwork made by Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous Australians, including both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are the original inhabitants of this land and have called it home for tens of thousands of years, making them one of the oldest civilisations in the world.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have long used art to communicate and share their stories. Storytelling is an essential part of Indigenous culture and is one of the main avenues through which information is passed down from one generation to the next.
Traditionally, Indigenous people use many mediums to showcase their art, including rocks, cave walls, tree bark, and skin. Aboriginal art is also available to purchase in print and canvas format to be displayed in the home, office, or public spaces.
- Why Is Aboriginal Art Important?
Aboriginal art is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world. It has been used for thousands of years by Indigenous Australians to tell their stories, record their culture and beliefs, and connect them with their ancestors.
Aside from being important to Aboriginal peoples themselves, Aboriginal art is also an excellent resource for others to understand Australia's history and culture. By engaging with Aboriginal art, we can gain greater insight into the lives, backgrounds, and beliefs of Australia's Indigenous people in their own words and images.
Aboriginal art is a critical part of Australia's cultural heritage and should be respected accordingly.
- How Long Has Aboriginal Art Been Around?
Given the critical role that art plays in the lives of Indigenous people, Aboriginal art has been around for centuries. Rock art dating back tens of thousands of years can still be found in remote regions of Australia.
Today, Aboriginal art remains an important avenue of expression for Indigenous people. Urban Road stocks a comprehensive range of Aboriginal artwork created by talented Indigenous artists who use traditional techniques, often combined with contemporary practices, to continue to share their culture and Dreamtime stories.
Browse the Indigenous artwork prints for sale on our website to learn more about the individual artists and how their connection to Country informs their approach to work.
- What Are the Types of Aboriginal Art?
Aboriginal art is a broad term used to describe artwork produced by Indigenous people. While there are some visual patterns and characteristics that can be associated with Aboriginal art, contemporary Indigenous artists often merge traditional and modern techniques to express themselves.
Aboriginal artists use a broad range of materials to showcase their work, from bark to canvas. In addition to painting, Aboriginal artwork can also take the form of sculptures, fibre art, and rock engravings.
Urban Road stocks a comprehensive collection of Aboriginal wall art demonstrating a broad range of Indigenous techniques and artistic approaches.
- What Is Aboriginal Paint Called?
Aboriginal artwork has a distinct visual style, not least due to the type of paint used to create it, which is known as ochre.
Ochre is a natural clay earth pigment that forms from a mixture of ferric oxide, clay, and sand. It comes in a variety of shades, from yellow to brown, which is one reason that these colours frequently appear in traditional Indigenous art. In some cases, pigments can also be mixed to create new hues.
The fact that rock art painted by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can still be found tens of thousands of years later speaks to the strength and durability of this material, which tends to be a lot thicker than modern acrylic paint.
- What Do Colours Mean in Aboriginal Art?
You might notice Aboriginal artwork often features a similar colour scheme browns, reds, oranges, and yellows. One of the reasons for this is the source material used to create the paintings. Ochre is made from natural pigments and minerals found in the soil. While artists can combine the colours to form new hues, the existing palette means there are some restrictions on what can be created.
Depending on the artist and where in Australia they are from, these colours can symbolise natural elements, including earth, fire, and water.
However, some Indigenous artists choose to combine traditional and modern painting techniques to create their work, meaning new colour options are available to them. One of the handy features on the Urban Road website is the ability to sort artwork by colour. Whether you're searching for a vibrant blue print or muted clay, you'll find what you're looking for in our collection.
If you are interested in learning more about what particular colours, shapes, or patterns represent, be sure to read the product description of each print.
- What Do Aboriginal Paintings Represent?
Aboriginal paintings often tell stories of cultural and spiritual significance. These stories and the accompanying artistic styles vary from region to region throughout Australia. If you are interested in a particular print, it's important to do your research and develop a good understanding of what that work represents before making a purchase.
The collection of Aboriginal art available at Urban Road includes background information on the artist and what they are conveying through their work.
Take the best-selling Ngapa Jukurrpa II Canvas Art Print, for example. Created by Priscilla Nangala Robertson, the print depicts Puyurru, a site west of Yuendumu in the Northern Territory, and uses colourful dots and lines in purples, blues, reds, and oranges to portray a water Dreaming story.
Another popular print Bila Canvas Art Print blends flowing lines, floral shapes and intricate dots with an earthy colour palette of brown, green and pink to create a unique composition. Bila depicts a river, which is a vital life source providing resources and a place for communities to gather.
- How to Respectfully Buy Aboriginal Art
Artwork created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people holds cultural significance and often conveys stories about their history, spirituality, and connection to Country. If you are looking to purchase Aboriginal art, it's important to do so in a manner that is respectful and transparent.
In addition to being an avenue of expression and communication, Aboriginal art can be a valuable source of income for Indigenous people and their communities. There are certain questions you should ask yourself before buying Aboriginal artwork to ensure that all stakeholders are benefiting from your purchase. You should know who the artist is and where they are from. Check whether you are buying an original piece or a reproduction and, in either case, whether the artist is being fairly compensated for their work.
Urban Road acknowledges and pays respect to the people of the Yugambeh language region of the Gold Coast, where we are located, and their Elders, past, present and Emerging. Our Aboriginal art prints have been created by Indigenous artists from a variety of locations across the country; more information about their individual stories can be found on each product page.
Purchasing Indigenous artwork prints from transparent channels ensures artists are compensated fairly for their work, and that important cultural stories are told and shared in a respectful manner.
- Shop for Aboriginal Art Prints at Urban Road
Urban Road stocks a broad range of Aboriginal wall art from a variety of Indigenous artists. We encourage interested buyers to take some time to browse the selection available online and learn more about the stories behind these works.
If you would like to purchase an Aboriginal art print but are unsure of the specific style, we encourage you to check out our Finding the Perfect Aboriginal Art Quiz. Answer a handful of simple questions about your preferred colour palette, style, and shape to narrow down the comprehensive range available on our website and gain access to a curated selection of prints in seconds.
Our Aboriginal art prints are available in several formats, including canvas print, framed paper print, and unframed paper print. Paintings can be purchased online and may also be available in-store throughout Australia. If you have any questions about our collection of Aboriginal art for sale, we encourage you to contact our team today.