Learning More About Aboriginal Artwork

In Australian Aboriginal mythology, The Dreaming or Altjeringa (also called the Dreamtime) is a sacred ‘once upon a time’ in which ancestral Totemic Spirit Beings formed The Creation.

Fred Alan Wolf opens chapter nine of The Dreaming Universe (1994) entitled The Dreamtime with a quote from The Last Wave, a film by Peter Weir: “Aboriginals believe in two forms of time; two parallel streams of activity. One is the daily objective activity, the other is an infinite spiritual cycle called the “dreamtime”, more real than reality itself. Whatever happens in the dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal society. It was believed that some people of unusual spiritual powers had contact with the dreamtime.” (source: Wikipedia)

Question: Why is Aboriginal Art so expensive???

Answer: Aboriginal Art is so expensive because it is exactly that….Art. We live in a convenient age where everything is mass-produced and therefore made cheaper to us as consumers.

Artists take time and their talents to create beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces that come from their hearts and spirits. Even a small painting can take approx 20 hours. If you were an artist and took that much time painting – wouldn’t you want to be paid more than minimum wage for your dedicated time per/hour and for the materials you used?

Even though paintings themselves are expensive… just remember – the canvases they are painted on ( small ones start at about $20 each ) and the paints used that eventually get used up are about $7-$17 a color. With all the colors used on the paintings – ( given the primary colors (red, yellow, blue) and the necessary (black and whites ) – that doesn’t even take into consideration the other tertiary colors (green, purple, pink ) that were bought outside of these basics to form the piece. Then we get into dealing with the paint brushes… that’s another story.

Artist side: Paints: approx $150 for set , Canvas : approx $20 small canvas , Work time: 15 hrs at approx $15-$20 p/hr – you are looking at the least – the cost of the canvas plus the artists time: about $ 320 – at $20 p/ hr.

This is only for acrylic paintings… Oil Paints are MUCH more expensive for less paint – not to mention the brushes… watercolors are sickeningly more expensive too.

So when you wonder why artworks are so expensive…think of the process they endure to create those works. True art is done by a human with time and rare talent – not done a dime-a-dozen in record time.

source: Yahoo! Answers

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” ~Australian Aboriginal Proverb