Indigenous Dot Art Available for Purchase at Our Online Store

Pandanus Aboriginal Art are proud to have in their gallery a rich of a collection of Indigenous dot paintings, available for purchase at our Palm Cove gallery and our online store. We have a collection of impressive dot paintings from traditional work by Turkey Tolson and Stan Brumby that suggest ‘ground paintings’, Shorty Jangala and Paddy Tjapanangka Lewis in contemporary style using traditional iconography and a sublime contemporary “My Mother’s Country” painting by Barbara Weir – daughter of the acclaimed great painter Minnie Motorcar Pwerle – using a contemporary allusion to secret women’s business dot painting. Furthermore, the brilliant works of Danny Riley – nephew of the ‘great’ Ginger Riley - are a magical synthesis of extensive dotting that implies energy and flow in his Saltwater Country and the flatness of images of country and bush tucker that reflect the flat symbols and shapes in sand paintings. These are but several examples of the wonderfully diverse and unique ancient and contemporary ‘dotting’ within the culture of the Indigenous people of this country. They are from some of our most renowned indigenous artistic minds, as well as up and coming artists from remote communities.

Feel free to peruse our ranges of Aboriginal dot paintings and get in contact with the helpful team at Pandanus Gallery if you would like to further discuss your interests or any aspect of this subject.

Papunya art and dot painting

The most widely recognised form of contemporary Indigenous art, namely that of dot painting stems from the very origins of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement that began in 1971 at Papunya, west of Alice Springs. Here, a young non-Aboriginal Australian junior school teacher – Geoffrey Bardon – who was concerned at the lack of Aboriginal references/content in the children’s education asked some of the elder men to paint the walls of the school in traditional stories/iconography to inspire them.

Notwithstanding reluctance/resistance from the school authorities over time, this brilliant initiative spawned the extraordinary Aboriginal contemporary art movement as we know it. Prior to this event, traditional Aboriginal art consisted of rock painting/carving and ground paintings/body painting for ceremony using the earthy colours of yellow, red, black, brown, and white to represent the secret/sacred elements of the ceremonial subject matter. The source of these media were natural ochres, clay and charcoal. The contemporary use of dotting has morphed into an extensive range of variations on the original form that still today is a major construct in Aboriginal painting across the country.             

Browse our extensive collection of beautiful works from hundreds of Indigenous artists. We are proud to offer such a diverse collection of this timeless and truly unique style and the permutations and combinations that have flowed therefrom. 

Get in contact with us to find out more 

If you are interested in finding out more about our collection of Aboriginal dot painting, or have any further enquiries about our collection of other stunning Indigenous artworks and artefacts, please feel free to get in touch with the friendly and knowledgeable team of staff at Pandanus Aboriginal Art. As part of our continued dedication to broadening the understanding of the unique culture of Australia’s Indigenous people, we are always happy to discuss our works and the artists who created them. 

Give us a call on +61(0)7 4059 2300 or send us a message via our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.