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Aboriginal Medium - Prints

Aboriginal printmaking emerged in the 1960's and early 1970's. Although it can be said that it began much earlier in the form of stencilled images of hands that are found on cave walls throughout Australia.

The first prints were linocuts produced by Aboriginal artist, activist and writer Kevin Gilbert in the mid 1960's who learnt the technique while in Long Bay Prison as part of a prison art program. These Prints were later exhibited after Gilbert's release in 1970 and remain amongst his most powerful works, although they did not become well known until a decade later.

The first "traditional" Aboriginal people to learn printmaking were Tiwi artists Bede Tungutalum and Giovani Tipungwuti. In 1970 they learnt woodblock printing from Madeline Cleer on Bathurst Island. In the same year Bede and Giovani established Tiwi Designs. In 1971 on Elcho Island John Rudder provided Charlie Matjuwi, Monydirri and Botu with linoblocks which they carved with designs traditionally incised on wooden sculpture and utilitarian implements. This was the first example of how traditional carving techniques and imagery could be transposed without compromise into a contemporary printmaking medium.

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10636:Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari 10638:Walala Tjapaltjarri, Tingari 10643:Julie Nangala, Pirlinyanu 10585:Dorothy Napangardi, Salt on Mina Mina
Walala Tjapaltjarri - Tingari
Walala Tjapaltjarri - Tingari
Julie Nangala - Pirlinyanu
Dorothy Napangardi - Salt on Mina Mina
10583:Dorothy Napangardi, Spinifex 1008812:Vincent Serico, Limited Edition A1 Print Folio - Some People are Stories 2888:Dennis Nona, Baidam 2887:Dennis Nona, Ara
Dorothy Napangardi - Spinifex
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Vincent Serico - Limited Edition A1 Print Folio - Some People are Stories
Dennis Nona - Baidam
Dennis Nona - Ara
8158:Queenie Nakarra McKenzie, Bower Bird Dreaming - Jewidjgunning 9513:Dennis Nona, Saulal - Winner works on paper at 27th Telstra Indigenous Art Award 9260:Dennis Nona, Gubaka 7883:Lin Onus, Gumiring Garkman
Queenie Nakarra McKenzie - Bower Bird Dreaming - Jewidjgunning
Dennis Nona - Saulal - Winner works on paper at 27th Telstra Indigenous Art Award
Dennis Nona - Gubaka
Lin Onus - Gumiring Garkman
41:Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yam Dreaming (red dots) 335:Queenie Nakarra McKenzie, Osmond Creek (Dadah aw Ning) 8156:Queenie Nakarra McKenzie, The Great Flood of 1922 8160:Queenie Nakarra McKenzie, The Horso Creek Massacre (1880_s)
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Yam Dreaming (red dots)
Queenie Nakarra McKenzie - Osmond Creek (Dadah aw Ning)
Queenie Nakarra McKenzie - The Great Flood of 1922
Queenie Nakarra McKenzie - The Horso Creek Massacre (1880_s)
8567:Dennis Nona, Kupi 8568:Dennis Nona, Piki 7881:Lin Onus, Walawala Garkman A/P 1996-2002 8562:Dennis Nona, Mard Garutherik
Dennis Nona - Kupi
Dennis Nona - Piki
Lin Onus - Walawala Garkman A/P 1996-2002
Dennis Nona - Mard Garutherik
8569:Dennis Nona, Maman 7135:Arone Raymond Meeks, Now Time Portal (framed) 7136:Arone Raymond Meeks, Now Time Portal 5 (framed) 7822:Lin Onus, Reflection on Pebbles 33/80
Dennis Nona - Maman
Arone Raymond Meeks - Now Time Portal (framed)
Arone Raymond Meeks - Now Time Portal 5 (framed)
Lin Onus - Reflection on Pebbles 33/80
6982:Kathleen Petyarre, Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming 10185:Dennis Nona, Wapiew Kulal (Fish Rocks) 10186:Dennis Nona, Arika II (Coming of the Rain) 10175:Dennis Nona, Dogai Susu (Witch's Breast)
Kathleen Petyarre - Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming
Dennis Nona - Wapiew Kulal (Fish Rocks)
Dennis Nona - Arika II (Coming of the Rain)
Dennis Nona - Dogai Susu (Witch's Breast)
10174:Dennis Nona, Zugu Zug (Witch's Chant) (winner works on paper at 28th Telstra Indigenous Art A 338:Jack Britten, Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) 2908:Dennis Nona, Kerr Kerr 8180:Paddy Wainburranga Fordham, In the Beginning of Time
Dennis Nona - Zugu Zug (Witch's Chant) (winner works on paper at 28th Telstra Indigenous Art A
Jack Britten - Purnululu (Bungle Bungles)
Dennis Nona - Kerr Kerr
Paddy Wainburranga Fordham - In the Beginning of Time
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