We are extremely lucky to have worked with several wonderful Australian Indigenous Artists. Our Indigenous Art Jigsaw Puzzles have been some of our best sellers, so obviously you guys love them too!
So that you can get even more enjoyment out of completing your Indigenous Art Puzzle, here are some interesting facts about Australian Aboriginal Art:
- A lot of Aboriginal Art is an aerial depiction of the Australian landscape. So, while we always ask the artist which orientation they would prefer (landscape or portrait jigsaw puzzle) there is no wrong way to look at the jigsaw puzzle or hang your jigsaw puzzle.
- Australian Indigenous People do not have a written language, instead they use symbols and the stories presented in the artworks in order to document their history and culture. For example, have you noticed that you will often see a U symbol in Aboriginal Art? The U symbol represents a person. We love the reason why – if someone sits cross-legged in the sand, the impression left in the sand after they stand up looks a lot like a U when viewed from above. For a great list of different Aboriginal Art Symbols and what they mean check out the Kate Owen Gallery website page here.
- Whilst Aboriginal Art is some of the oldest in the world, dating back anywhere from 40,000 years ago, it is one of the youngest forms of art to become commercially available. Aboriginal Art only became commercially available in Australia in the 1970s.
- The most expensive piece of Aboriginal Art ever sold was Warlugulong and it was painted by Clifford Possum. It sold for $2.4 million in 2007. It lives in the National Gallery of Australia. Who thinks it would make a great Australia Indigenous Art Jigsaw puzzle?
The Actual image is huge. To get an idea of its scale go here.
- The dots used in Aboriginal art were developed in order to hide meaning from white Australians, so dot painting only developed at the time of white settlement. That is why you will not see dots in examples of much older Aboriginal Art. Double-dotting, as it is called, obscured meaning in the painting but still left it discernible by Indigenous people. It is now one of the best known styles of Aboriginal Art and many of our jigsaw puzzles feature this technique.
Here's the latest Journey of Something Aboriginal Art Jigsaw puzzles and a bit about the Indigenous Artists who created them.
Fun Titbit (not really a fact): We have to really search far and wide for Aboriginal Artworks that are suited to jigsaw puzzles. Many traditional Aboriginal Artworks are extremely difficult to convert into puzzles because of the colour pallets and abstract dot style.
About the Artist
Heidi Smith is the artist behind Elssie Art, named after Heidi's grandmother Elsie. Heidi is a Yuin woman living on Gubbi Gubbi land and a proud mother of two girls.
She is passionate about painting artworks that reflect motherhood, family and Aboriginal country.
Her ancestors energy and connection to country is what inspires her artworks.
About the Artist
Mulganai, aka Emma Hollingsworth, grew up travelling Australia with her family - it was an adventure. Her work today reflects all that she has seen and experienced. Emma takes inspiration from her aunties and uncles who are also involved in the Australian arts and cultural sector.
About the Artist
Lou Martin is a contemporary Aboriginal artist (Wiradjuri) who lives on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast (Gubbi Gubbi country). Although Lou has been painting throughout her life, she only recently began sharing her work.
Lou feels a deep connection to the land as reflected in her pieces. Her coastal and hinterland surroundings, the people who reside there, family and community, are the inspiration for her work. Painting and creativity run through Lou's family as her work connects her to generations past. Lou has a contemporary approach to traditional dot painting and a passion for colour to bring her stories to life.