Non-figurative Art Styles
Non-figurative art styles include abstract designs, geometric patterns, and the array of circles, spirals and concentric circles found in Central Australian Aboriginal art. Although meaningless from a European perspective, this art holds great significance to its creators.
Ovals, circles, spirals and concentric circles signify water holes, places, and significant features in accompanying stories. U-shapes represent people. Arc shapes represent the wind breaks around people’s camps, hills, and occasionally boomerangs. Short wavy lines represent snakes, or snake tracks. Long wavy and meandering lines represent the pathways of animals and ancestors, or creeks, hills and lines of trees.
Collecting Bush Oranges. A painting by Kaitish artist Reggie Sultan, Central Australia.
Ancient petroglyphs showing concentric circles
A jumble of non-figurative motifs superimposed upon each other, engraved at Ewaninga, Central Australia.
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