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Minimalism in Aboriginal Art
5th April - 30th April 2022
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An exhibition of Aboriginal paintings that embrace the notion of minimalism is showing at Mitchell Fine Art in Fortitude Valley from April 5th.
Some of the artworks created by Central Australian Aboriginal artists at the start of the contemporary art movement in 1971 were simple designs featuring iconography used in traditional ceremonies, with only those involved understanding their true meaning.
The paintings featured in the exhibition utilize minimalistic compositions to portray story lines in their purest visual form. Using simple geometric designs the artists depict tales of country, ceremonial body painting and interpretations of ancient, sacred stories.
The term ‘minimalism’ was first coined in the United States in the late 1950’s, its movement challenging preconceived notions of what art is and could be. The artworks in this exhibition challenge the viewers perceptions of Aboriginal art and highlight the spirit of the artist’s stories in their truest form.