The best art to come out of Australia is Aboriginal art, both old and contemporary Aboriginal art. Everything else in Australian art is either derivative and/or regional and will never leave the shores of Australia.
The best Aboriginal art deserves so much more credit than it currently receives. Auction prices for Aboriginal art have been increasing and international collectors are buying more but I think it should be getting a lot more loving than it does.
The auction house Deutscher and Hackett will be holding their inaugural Aboriginal art auction in Melbourne on the 25th of March. They have a range of paintings, sculptures and weavings with prices ranging from a couple thousand dollars through to a couple hundred thousand dollars.
Here’s a few that I liked..
I’m thinking about bidding on this little beauty. It’s by unknown artist and has a low estimate, so readers of this post are NOT allowed to bid on it!
Fish, c1950 (Groote Eylandt) natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 28.0 x 49.0 cm
ESTIMATE: $1,500 – 2,000
PINTA PINTA TJAPANANGKA
Untitled, 1981 (c1937 – 1999) synthetic polymer paint on linen 186.5 x 154.0 cm
ESTIMATE: $10,000 – 15,000
EMILY KAME KNGWARREYE
Untitled (Alhalkere), 1995 (c1910 – 1996) synthetic polymer paint on linen 110.0 x 201.0 cm
ESTIMATE: $150,000 – 200,000
Marrapinti, 2002 born 1932 synthetic polymer paint on linen 168.0 x 46.0 cm
ESTIMATE: $4,000 – 6,000
See the full online catalog of the Aboriginal art auction at the Deutscher and Hackett website here.