Dot Art

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Aboriginal dot artwork came into the Western world’s mainstream recognition in the early 1980s. Dot Art emerged from the Western Desert. In precise dot art first came from an Aboriginal settlement referred to as Papunya.

Aboriginal artists abstracted their artwork to disguise the sacred designs so the real meanings could not be understood by Westerners.

Dot Painting originated 40 years ago back in 1971. Geoffrey Bardon was assigned as an art teacher for the youth of the Aboriginal people in Papunya, close to Alice Springs.

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Aboriginal Dot art is produced by repeated imprints of a paint-covered object. Some artists merge their dots into lines, or even into vast areas of connecting dots. These merged dots have more of a stippled effect than a dotted appearance.

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