We moved to the Stacks last fall, after spending three years in Melbourne, Australia. During our adventure "Down Under," we traveled throughout Australia and other Oceania countries, collecting pieces of original art along the way, including Indigenous Australian paintings and South Pacific carvings.

Indigenous Australians are the original inhabitants of the Australian continent and nearby islands. Recent findings indicate that Indigenous Australians are probably descendants of the first modern humans to migrate out of Africa. They migrated from Africa to Asia around 70,000 years ago and arrived in Australia around 50,000 years ago.



"Earth Images"
Tarisse King
Central & Western Desert
Acrylic on linen

Tarisse was handed down the Earth Images style to paint by her father, William King Jungala. It is a macro view of land around the small remote town of Katherine the area where her Gurindji tribe once inhabited. It details meandering rivers, small tributaries, active and abandoned campsites. The impact of strong colour is immediate in these artworks, and the canvas is starkly broken by the dominant and contrasting lines mapping waterways cutting their way through the land. By concentrating her background dots or placing them sparingly Tarisse manages to create a 3-D effect of landscape, as if one was seeing all the formations from a bird's eye view.

"Our Country's Story"
Sarrita and Tarisse King
Central & Western Desert
Acrylic on linen

This special piece is a collaborative work by sisters Tarisse King and Sarrita King. This is the earth's story. It is also the story of black and white upon the land and the history we have created and carved into it by our interactions with one another. The intersections of black and white culture and how they meet, creating a narrative in the land and in history, and then moving on in their individual and collaborative journeys are abstractly depicted. In an abstract way Sarrita references the iconography of the Ingari creation ancestors with her use of strong rectangles. These are then given body with dots and dashes, similar to Morse code. These symbols of communication are haunting in their familiarity, like an ancient language that was once known but now sits dormant at the back of one's memory. Overall the effect is a send of the land being torn away to reveal Earth's ancient stories.


Roseanne Patrick
East Kimberley Region, Western Australia
Natural ocre and pigments on canvas

Purnululu National Park is one of the most striking geological landmarks in Western Australia, offering a remote wilderness experience. The Purnululu Range is an imposing sight. The orange and black stripes across the beehive-like mounds, encased in a skin of silica and algae, are clearly visible as you approach from the south. As you sweep further over the range a hidden world of gorges and pools is revealed, with fan palms clinging precariously to walls and crevices in the rocks.


"Yumari Jukurrpa (Yumari Dreaming)"
Joy Nangala Brown
Yuendumu, Northern Territory

Acrylic on linen

The site for this Dreaming is Yumari, a collection of rocks west of Kintore in the Gibson Desert. Yumari is the site of a forbidden love union between a Japaljarri man and a Nangala woman. This Dreaming was passed down to the artist by a Pitupi man. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to he represent the Jukurrpa, associated sites and other elements. In this work concentric circles are often used to represent 'warnirri' (rock holes).


"My Country"
Anna Price Petyarre
Utopia, Northern Territory
Acrylic on linen

This outstanding artwork depicts from a topographical view in fine detail, multi-layered elements associated with Anna's homelands of Atneltyeye, Utopia in Central Australia. The illustration is important visually and spiritually of country - sand hills, riverbeds, and significant landmarks for ceremonies. The leaves, flowers, bark or seeds of certain plants are harvested in season or as needed. This is often done in groups so that knowledge is passed down from older to younger women. Ceremonial sites are where the women gather for girls' initiation and other cultural Law matters. The women sit around the waterholes, with the waterholes being full in the dry desert land. Due to this, there was plenty of bush tucker around for the women to eat during the sometimes very long period of time they camped out for Women's Business.


"Bush Medicine"
Lillian Inkamala
Northern Territory
crylic on linen

This painting depicts particular leaves from plant species, which contain medicinal properties. The Aboriginal women gather the leaves. The leaves are boiled; resin is added and mixed into paste, which is used as bush medicine for many ailments.

Dvarapala Guardian Statue
White Sandstone

Dvarapala (Sanskrit) is a door or gate guardian often portrayed as warrior or fearsome asura giant, usually armed with a weapon, the most common is gadha mace. The statue of dvarapala is a widespread architectural element throughout the Hindu and Buddhist cultures, as well as in the areas influenced by them like Java.


Vanuatu is located in the South Pacific Ocean. The archipelago, which is of volcanic origin, is some 1,750 kilometres (1,090 mi) east of northern Australia, 500 kilometres (310 mi) northeast of New Caledonia, west of Fiji, and southeast of the Solomon Islands, near New Guinea. Vanuatu was first inhabited by Melanesian people.

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Aboriginal artists working in different regions and communities in Australia produce a wide variety of styles and images.

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Aboriginal symbols are an essential part of a long artistic tradition in Australian Aboriginal Art and remain the visual form to retain and record significant information. Aboriginal people used symbols to indicate a sacred site, the location of a waterhole and the means to get there, a place where animals inhabit and as a way to illustrate Dreamtime stories.

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If you are interested in purchasing Aboriginal artwork, one of our favorite galleries in Australia has offerred a special 15% discount for all Stacks Loft + Art Tour participants. Please see the special offer below.

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