Art Australia Galleries believe it is important to preserve
and promote the Culture and Art of Indigenous Peoples.
Broadening awareness and the availability of Artworks that depict and encourage enjoyment,
understanding. and respect for a Culture, and its Art, is one of the most effective ways
to not only guarantee its survival, but its growth.
We are privileged to present for sale, high quality Art and Artifacts of Indigenous Australian Artists.
We supply authentic original Art and Craft Works from around Australia including, Paintings on canvas/linen,
Paintings on bark, Watercolor paintings, Pottery, Fibre crafts, Didgeridoos, Boomeranges,
Traditional weapons, Sculptures, and Textiles.
A leading Aboriginal artist,
John ?Long Johnny?Dewar from the Manyallaluk Community in the Northern
traditional painting methods using natural ochres and reed brushes.
As a young man Long Johnny
was a stockman on Cattle Stations in the Katherine area including the
famous Daly Water Station, Mainarou, Florina. In the early 1980?s he
returned to settle at Manyallaluk (frog dreaming) ?formerly Eva Valley
Station ?where he had spent much of his childhood. There his brother the
well-known artist Peter Bolgi taught him how to create the art of his
people using traditional materials, teaching him how to harvest and
prepare local Stringy Bark for painting, where to find the coloured ochres
used to make natural pigments and how to prepare and use reed brushes.
Long Johnny still uses these traditional materials and techniques to
depict images of his own dreaming, the black-headed Python, and the
stories he was told as a child by his elders. Tales of the Frilled Neck
lizard, the Buk Buk owl, the Emu lady and the Rainbow Serpent and images
of Mimis carrying out traditional tasks of hunting.
Discover the techniques
used by a traditional Aboriginal artist from one of the remoter parts of
Australia. Like many Aboriginal artists Long Johnny now also paints with
acrylics on canvas.
During the dry season from
late April to November, Manyallaluk operates a successful and
award-winning Aboriginal culture tour business. As one of the founders of
the business, Long Johnny has worked as a Manyallaluk Tour Guide for over
ten years. One of the tours includes a visit to ancient, remote rock art
sites that have been seen by very few non-Indigenous people.
For further details about
either exhibition, about the Information Days or for workshop bookings
please contact Monty Mills on 07 4159