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Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

The Opal Fields. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava comes from her mother Enns, who is aboriginal of Manu people in Queensland. Melanie’s father is Austrian. The girl grew up in different and contrasting cultures. Since childhood she enjoyed creating art, as well as reading books and playing the piano. When Melanie was in her twenties she started combining art ideas of these two different cultures – aboriginal Australian and Austrian folk art. The patterns, gold lead and Swarovski crystal in her work is taken from Austrian traditions. Melanie Hava was inspired and influenced by famous Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Melanie Hava have participated in solo and group exhibitions of art in Mount Isa, Toowoomba, Melbourne and Cairns. She has completed more than 30 commissions since 2007. Mother for two children Melanie Hava lives in the beautiful, tropical and inspiring Cairns close to her mother’s country and creating new works for the upcoming exhibitions.

Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Barramundi. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Aboriginal art, the visual and literary culture of the Aboriginal people of Australia transmits knowledge of the Dreaming— an eternal time when spirit ancestors created all living things, geographical features of the landscape, and the rationale for all life. A large variety of art-forms are, or were, in use by the Aborigines. The most important among these include cave and rock paintings and rock engravings. Today the indigenous art of Australia is limited to a very few areas, but traditionally Aborigines painted on the human body, on rock-surfaces, on the earth, on man-made objects, and on bark. Engraving was done on stone or wood, on shells or artifacts and even, in New South Wales, on trees. More unusual were the large figures which used to be made out of soil and branches on ritual occasions (South Australia), and the use of feathers and human blood as decorative materials.

Black-Tailed Cockatoo. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Black-Tailed Cockatoo. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

The Aborigines decorated many objects used in everyday life, such as paddles, spear-throwers, boomerangs, baskets, shields, and message-sticks. From 1970 onwards Aboriginal artists have adapted their ancient designs to introduced media of acrylic on canvas, print-making, batik, and pottery. Aboriginal poetry takes the form of song or chant, rather than spoken verse. Myths are told in sacred song-cycles and dramatic epics, dense with esoteric symbolism. Apart from magical and ritual songs, there is a rich tradition of stories transmitted orally.

Dancing in Sun. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Brolgas Dancing in Sun. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

in Blue Acrylic. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Brolgas in Blue Acrylic. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Golden Plains. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Brolgas in the Golden Plains. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Brolgas. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Echidna. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Echidnas. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Emus Acrylic. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Emus Acrylic. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Frolicking in the Grass. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Frolicking in the Grass. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Goannas in Yellow. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Goannas in Yellow. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Into The Current. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Into The Current. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Sunset. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Jabirus at Sunset. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Jellyfishes. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Jellyfishes. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Kangaroo. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Kangaroo. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Mother and Baby Platypus. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Mother and Baby Platypus. Aboriginal painting by Australian artist Melanie Hava

Red Kangaroo. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Red Kangaroo. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Silver Crocodile. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Silver Crocodile. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Silver Turtles. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Silver Turtles. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Sugar Glider. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Sugar Glider. Aboriginal art by Melanie Hava

Sources:
tosarigalleries.com.au/aboriginal-artists
Norwich John Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Arts