Kate Owen Gallery

Defining Tradition: a series of exhibitions exploring the evolution of aboriginal art

Aboriginal art is clearly in a category of its own and whilst it may be tempting to use modern art criteria to assess the works, Aboriginal art does not fit neatly into the mold of art in the Western sense.

The world’s oldest living culture is organic and constantly evolving.

So too is its art.

And after 40+ years of employing non-indigenous media, the history of contemporary Indigenous art in Australia is marked by stories of great artists who have inspired other close or extended kin to follow their direction, resulting in a number of distinct schools, lineages or ‘traditions’.