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Australian Rock Art Gallery

A selection of rock engravings (Petroglyphs) and drawings (pictographs) from some of the estimated 100,000 significant rock art sites around Australia.  Rock art is oldest surviving human art form and an integral part of Aboriginal life and customs, dating back to the earliest times of human settlement on the continent.

Choose from 102 pictures in our Australian Rock Art collection for your Wall Art or Photo Gift. All professionally made for Quick Shipping. We are proud to offer this selection in partnership with Auscape Photo Library.


Aboriginal cave paintings in rock shelter - Gwion Gwion rock art Featured Australian Rock Art Image

Aboriginal cave paintings in rock shelter - Gwion Gwion rock art

Aboriginal cave paintings in rock shelter - Gwion Gwion rock art (formerly called Bradshaw). These dynamic line figures wearing ornaments and headdresses and carrying boomerangs and other weapons are believed to be the oldest figurative art in Australia. Some of the rock art in north-western Australia has yielded a minimum age in excess of 20 000 years. It is by far the oldest human art in the southern hemisphere and may be among the most ancient in the world. In this category are ant-like charcoal paintings now known as Gwion Gwion figures, like this one sealed by a silica desert varnish into the walls of a rock shelter. Modern Aborigines disclaim authorship of such art and say that it was done by Dreamtime spirits. Manning Gorge, Kimberley region, Western Australia

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Pecked engravings including human figures and boomerangs Featured Australian Rock Art Image

Pecked engravings including human figures and boomerangs

Pecked engravings including human figures and boomerangs on an exposed surface, believed to be at least 8000 years old. Mutawintji National Park, land of Malyankapa and Pandjikali Aboriginal people, western New South Wales, Australia

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Rock art in Thaaklatjika overhang or Wrights Cave Featured Australian Rock Art Image

Rock art in Thaaklatjika overhang or Wrights Cave

Rock art in Thaaklatjika overhang or Wrights Cave, with initials of a 19th century visitor in a blue triangle overlying the much older work of the Malyankapa and Pandjikali Aboriginal people. That visitor, William Wright, was the leader of the back-up party for the Burke and Wills expedition. Mutawintji National Park, land of Malyankapa and Pandjikali Aboriginal people, western New South Wales, Australia

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