TIPS ON BUYING ABORIGINAL ART


Whether you are a first time buyer or long time collector, buying a piece of art can be challenging. We have listed below some tips to assist in your decision-making process. 

Do you love it?

The first question you must ask yourself when you are making a decision in buying a piece Aboriginal Art is "Do I love it?" Seeing a piece of art that you love every day in your home or office makes for a great experience every time you look at it. Loving a piece of Art also makes it easier (or sometimes harder) to sell on later.

So before anything else, you should take into consideration how much you love a piece of art before purchasing. All artworks are unique and individual so take advantage of our local consulting services to ensure that your piece of art is the right one for you. Contact Us and find an artwork you love today. Spend the time to thoroughly navigate our website and choose artworks that may go well in your home or office. We can then present the artworks at your home or office otherwise, if you know that you love a piece, you can Contact Us to purchase the artworks directly from the website.

The Dreamtime story behind the artwork.

Every piece of Aboriginal Art has a significant Dreamtime story that has been passed down from one generation to the next that tells the story of an artists ancestral history.

Some artists Dreamtime stories are depicted in the storylines which is the first colour paint that is applied on some artworks then dotting and or brushstrokes is applied on top of that in a different colour which sometimes represents the country, land, sand and many more.

Some artists just represent their Dreamtime Story through dotting and brushstrokes without the storylines. In any case, these Stories may represent sacred sites, rituals, bush tucker, land and ceremonies that sometimes cannot be shared with the uninitiated. There are Mens Dreamings and Womens Dreamings and on both parts, the stories can only be shared with the respective genders if they are not part of the immediate family ie; Mens Dreaming can only be shared with Men who are not part of the immediate family of that particular Dreamtime Story.

Often, the stories are represented in different shapes on the artwork that form a harmonious and individual Dreamtime story. So consider whether the style and Dreaming is appropriate for you or the person you are buying it for.

Size does matter.

When choosing the size for your artwork, measure the intended wall space and leave enough space all around the artwork to suit the room, hallway and general ambience of the space. Sometimes, multiple smaller pieces look more dramatic on a large wall than one big piece. And other times, a large piece seems to be what works for your chosen space.

Are the colours suited to the room/office/house?

When choosing your artwork, consider the colour of the room, your wall and your decor. Ask yourself how the artwork will complement or contrast against your chosen space. Do you want to have an artwork that blends with its surroundings or one that is a feature in the room to catch the eye? Aboriginal Art offers many styles depending on what you like. There are the simple dotting styles of Dorothy Napangardi and Lily Kelly Napangardi or the intricate colourful works of Colleen Wallace Nungari and Esther Bruno Nangala. There is the symmetrical work of the Tjapaltjarri brothers, Thomas and Walala and the detailed art of Ningura Napurrula, George Ward Tjungurrayi and Yinarupa Nangala. If brushstrokes take your fancy, Gloria Petyarre, Polly Ngale and Kudditji Kngwarreye are great picks. Go through our gallery viewing page and enjoy seeing each in detail. Contact Us should you require more photographs or if your allocated space is local, let us visit you for a Consultation to make your decision-making process easier.

Investment or Display?

Choosing an artwork can be determined by artist or by artwork. Either one can differ by the hundreds and sometimes by the thousands depending on the status of that artist or rarity of artwork. You can purchase artworks for investment purposes such as your superannuation fund or to display. Which one you choose will depend on which artist and artwork you should choose. To have a clear understanding of the artwork and artist, Contact Us for any questions you may have. We will be more than happy to help and answer any questions you may have. If we do not know the answer, we will find out for you.

Price Wise.

Dreamtime Art offers a range of Aboriginal Art ranging from emerging, established and collectibles with each category has their own price ranges. Browse through our Galleries by price to see which Aboriginal artworks fall within your price range. The artworks can be searched by these price categories.

Below $2,000 Below $6,000 Below $10,000 Above $10,000

Can it be complemented by another piece?

Once you have chosen your piece of Aboriginal Art for your intended space, take a look at the room and see if the piece looks great on its own or if it can be complemented by another artwork by the same artist or another artist who has used similar colours. Buying multiple artworks painted by artists from the same region may also be a great way to tie in your chosen artworks together such as Willy Tjungurrayi and George Hairbrush Tjungurrayi. Black and White themes are popular and similar styles work well together too. As an example, Dorothy Napangardi, Lily Kelly Napangardi and Anna Price Pitjara create artworks that all complement each other typically with the elaborate white dotting on the black background. These three artists all come from different regions, however, as a theme for a space, altogether they blend sweetly together.

Enjoy your Aboriginal Art journey here with us at Dreamtime Art. We hope these tips have helped you in your decision-making process. Please email us should you have any further queries or questions.

Dreamtime Art associations and certifications

City of Melbourne Indigenous Art Code Supply Nation