It is stated that Australian Aboriginal art is the oldest living art practiced in the world.
Dreamtime is the chief inspiration extensively for Aboriginal art. The Dreamtime educated the people about their moral laws, beliefs, philosophies and politics and ceremonies through legends, myths, magic, dance, painting and song. This has been passed down through generations by storytelling.
Aboriginal art is regional in character and style, so different areas with different traditional languages approach art in special ways. Much of contemporary Aboriginal art can be readily recognized from the community where it was produced.
For instance; Dot painting is specific to the Central and Western desert. Cross-hatching, rarrk design and x-ray paintings come from Arnhem Land. Wandjina spirit beings come from the Kimberley coast. Preference for ochre paints is marked in Arnhem Land and east Kimberley. Other stylistic variations identify more closely to specific communities.
X-Ray Art – Naturalistic Style