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List of Famous Australian Artwork

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Australia has a rich history of art and artists. From the age-old traditions and customs to now, Contemporary art in Australia is rooted in its culture. Here are some of the best places and things to see.

Red Centre

Red Centre is a term used to describe a large area of the Northern Territory in Australia. It’s where you’ll find Uluru, Ayers Rock, which is often referred to as “the big rock”. The Red Centre is also famous for its natural wonders and stunning scenery.

The term “Red Centre” has come from the red earth (also known as soil) that covers most of Australia’s outback region. This part of Australia has been popular with tourists for many years because it offers outdoor adventure opportunities like hiking, horse riding and camping at night under the stars without having any light pollution from cities or even towns nearby!

Western Desert Art Movement

The Western Desert Art Movement was a movement of contemporary Indigenous Australian artists who painted their country in the Western Desert of Australia in the 1970s and 1980s.

The movement’s most famous artist is Emily Kngwarreye, who painted her country on canvas, bark, and other materials such as walls, umbrellas and t-shirts. Her work has been celebrated for its vibrant colours and bold strokes. Other notable artists include Paddy Bedford, Jimmy Pike and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri.


Dreamings are stories that explain how the world was created and provide a framework for Aboriginal people to understand their place in the world. These stories are passed down through oral tradition, and Dreamings vary from group to group. Some Dreamings describe how animals came into being or why particular places were named; others tell of how two sister-cousins named Yurlunggur and Gunabibi were transformed into hills on either side of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock).


The Tjukurrpa, or ‘Dreaming’, is a sacred story that explains the creation of the land and people. It is the essence of Aboriginal culture:

The Tjukurrpa has been passed down through generations by word of mouth. Each time they are told, they change slightly to reflect the current age. The stories have been told for millennia, and some even go back as far as 60 000 years!


Company is a series of paintings that tells the story of the creation of the universe. It was created by the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory to celebrate Aboriginal culture and spirituality. It was first shown at Sydney’s Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2000, then toured Australia and was exhibited in Berlin in 2001 before returning home for another showing at Sydney’s Museum Victoria.

Aboriginal art today

Aboriginal art is a diverse and dynamic art form. It is the expression of Aboriginal people, their culture and heritage. Aboriginal art can be seen as a mirror to one’s past; it reflects the different styles over time and how these have developed through contact with other cultures in Australia and overseas.

Today, Aboriginal artists are becoming more recognised in the art world for their unique talents. Their paintings are often bright and colourful, featuring images from nature such as flowers or animals that were important to them when they were alive on their land before European settlement took place in Australia (1788).


Contemporary art in Australia has deep-rooted itself within its core and has been a part of it for centuries. Art is one of the essential parts of the Australian culture. 

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Alison Lurie
Alison Lurie
Alison Lurie is a farmer of words in the field of creativity. She is an experienced independent content writer with a demonstrated history of working in the writing and editing industry. She is a multi-niche content chef who loves cooking new things.
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