A selection of Beeswax prints from Australian Aboriginal Artists
A selection of Beeswax prints from Australian Aboriginal Artists
We want to pay our highest respects to these wonderful artists, their ancestors, and their elders, as we recognize them as the original custodians of this great land.
These sacred dreamtime stories will help to educate, guide and nurture our understanding of the spiritual wisdom they share.
BY MARION CHAPMAN
Nambooka has depicted the flying glider at night which is a symbol of strength. The pattern successfully portrays the spiritual world in the eyes of native Australians. Nambooka is a well-known designer in Victoria, Australia. Her artwork is colorful, vibrant and decorative. Aboriginal artworks are popular throughout the world and the only living ancient artworks. It’s tradition goes back 50,000 years ago revealed by carbon dating of rock painting, cave painting and more.
BY ANNA PITJARA
BY CHANDA CONWAY
Spiritual Women are an integral part of Aboriginal dreamtime stories. The ancestor spirit came down to the earth in human form and created most of the things that their future generations would need. They created the animals, rocks, waterholes, plants, rivers, mountains and other necessary essentials. During creation time, the spirit women were dancing, singing and entertaining the forefathers in the evening. The ancestors created the relations between various groups of people, between individuals, their relations with lands, animals and how to preserve the relations. Ancestors taught them how to maintain close harmony with each other. The ancestors disappeared after their creations; they stayed in the sacred sites. For this reason, land is always close to the heart of Aboriginal people. The material value of the land is not what the Aboriginal people think is important. They look at the land as part of the Dreamtime, to be preserved for future generations to appreciate.
BY BARBARA EGAN
In this artwork, Barbara depicted the twisted roots of the river bed, the ripples and the natural line patterns formed in the sand. Her dreamtime of the river and the surroundings were very brilliantly postured with her tremendous art skills. She used her art as a medium of teaching and sharing culture and knowledge.
MY COUNTRY UTOPIA
BY STEVE PITJARA
Australia is the place of landscapes and to Australian Aboriginal people; land is very close to their heart. According to ’Aboriginal Mythology’, ‘Dreamtime’ is the time when forefathers sprung up from underneath the soil and started creating almost everything what their future generations would require. In this artwork, Stephen depicted his land of Utopia with dots, lines and motif’s representing the Dreamtime creation of seeds, trees, mountains, landscapes etc. which plays a key role in the Australian fauna and flora, nature and spirituality and indigenous development.
BY JEANNIE PITJARA
Well-known artist Jeannie Pitjara comes from Utopia, a place about 200km from Alice Springs. As an artist, she has sold many of her artworks to private collectors and art galleries in Australia and overseas. In her signature style of bold colour, Bush Yam is one of her best works, with its strong brush strokes depicting the forest bed.
WOMEN DANCING FOR RAIN
BLACK BY SHIRLEEN CAMPBELL
Northern Territory of Australia is semi desert region. Average temperature in summer ranges from 20 degrees to 35 degrees and can soar to around 40 degrees. January is the wet month with around 40mm of rainfall, however climate is considered dry and arid for most of the year.
In Northern territory, Aboriginal people organises Rain Dance in various places during his period. Shirleen Campbell being a skilful designer, incorporates rain dance to her artworks. Women dance and sing for rain in the gathering. They enjoy it vividly. Shirleen depicted concentric circles as waterholes. The big U-shaped object represent men, stick represents music stick and the musical drums. During the dance women are going around and dance for rain and other people socialize with each other.
WRENS & EUCALYPTUS
BY PATRICIA WEEKS
Superb fairy wrens are widely known as Blue Wren. These are frequently seen in Australian parks and gardens. They are fond of open grassy areas where they can hop around, collect their foods and build their nests. At present, the number of these beautiful birds is diminishing as a result of possibly cats is preying on them or pesticides poisoning their foods. Adult male birds have rich blue and black plumage above and on the throat. The belly is a grey-white and the bill is black. The female and baby birds are often difficult to separate. They are mostly brown above with dull red-orange area around the eye and brown bill. Average size of the birds is 14cm and weighs about 10grams. There are several other spices of Blue Wrens available in Australia. They live in dome-shaped nest made up of grass and other materials. Blue Wrens have long tails and is always upward. Patricia skillfully pictured in her artwork
SPIRIT PLACE ECRU
BY BERNADENE WALLACE
Bernadene depicted the corroboree ground. In all the tribal gatherings, many people gather around to celebrate corroboree. Her artworks beautifully depict men, women and children attending the corroboree. They often discuss religion, friendships and other social matters. All the attendees are destined to maintain pious dignity of corroboree. Nobody is allowed to break the social law.
There are plenty of bush foods for everybody. Lot of social and communal discussions take place in corroboree. The circles in dots depict that people are deeply involved in discussions setting around the waterholes. The over-shape semicircles are indicating pathways to travel. Small circles in middle depict fruit trees.
Brolga is a common wetland bird found in Australia which belongs to Crane family. It is also known as Australian Crane. In the Aboriginal Dreamtime, many people refer Brolga to a beautiful young lady who had an extraordinary dancing skill. People from various lands came just to see her dancing like the wind. Elders from various tribes and communities gathered on this stage and also discuss other communal matters.
Months later, an evil spirit spied Brolga and spun her away while she was practicing her dance. Family and friends of Brolga looked everywhere to find her until she was found on a distant plain while the evil spirit vanished into the sky taking Brolga away. Soon after this, a beautiful bird appeared, stretching its wings and making moves that resembled of Brolga.
This made the people realise that Brolga’s spirit escaped form the evil spirit and turned into a bird (Brolga).
GATHERING BY THE CREEK
BY JANET LONG NAKAMARRA
For the Aboriginal People of Australia, their country is more than a place to live. Every mountain, river, waterhole, tree, animal etc. are part of their dreaming. Per the Aboriginal dreaming, it is believed that all these things were created by their ancestors, who live in the five elements of nature viz. air, land, water, sky, and fire. Different countries have different languages so are the traditions and rituals. Aboriginal people strictly follow an unwritten law of caring for the land, animal, bush etc. of their country, to pass them on to newer generations. Often, a place with rock art, waterhole, and wild bush; is referred as a Creek where the Aboriginal women gather to either find food, fetch water or perform a ceremony or a ritual. The artists engrave their dreamings on mountains and/or rocks as a message to future generations and also to embark their skill.
Janet Long Nakamarra comes from Utopia region of Central Australia. She belongs to the Nakamarra family and speaks Anmatyerre language. Her dreamings mainly involve Fire Dreaming, Underground Water, Sandy Creek etc.