Aboriginal art in an
undiscovered
AUSTRALIAN STYLE

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CONTEMPORARY rainforest Aboriginal shields from North Queensland - art in the traditional colors of red ochre, yellow ochre, pale clay, and ground charcoal.

 

SHIELD NEWS: Two exhibits of rainforest Aboriginal shields, presented in Queensland, Australia in 2003, were developed with the assistance of Dr Ranna-Lesley Lachlan's thesis about the shields.

RUSSELL BUTLER
contemporary rainforest Aboriginal shield artist

Russell Butler
Warrgamay/ Bandjin people of the Herbert River and Hinchinbrook Island region.
Born 1948 

Russell Butler learned the traditional skills and art practice of his people from ... [his grandmother]. He continues her teaching today, crafting beautiful artefacts that were used in daily life by his ancestors for hunting, fishing, and ceremony - including traditional shields and spears, stone axes, and fishhooks made from shell.

"I went to ... mainstream schools and my grandmother's school - now it's my job to teach my sons, to pass on that knowledge and keep those skills and traditions alive."

Russell Butler's pieces have been featured in numerous exhibitions and are represented in many collections.

 

MORE ABOUT RAINFOREST ABORIGINAL SHIELDS

For more analysis of the rainforest Aboriginal shields: Lachlan, R-L. [Hale, R.], 1989, Painted Designs on Rainforest Aboriginal Shields from North Queensland: An Analysis of Correlations between Design Styles and Geographical Distribution, James Cook University, Townsville. (More info)  

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