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Rocking the World – Australian Artists Making Their Mark in the World of Painted Rocks

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The Indigenous art of Australia is considered to be the oldest unbroken tradition of art in the world.

Some Indigenous rock art paintings are estimated to be around 40,000 years old. They are located in the Pilbara Region and Olary district of South Australia.

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Aboriginal rock art in the Kimberley, Western Australia could be the oldest in the world. More details HERE
How the journey from the first Aboriginal cave painting lead us to the current global phenomenon of rock art is hard to pin point.  The one thing I am sure of is that rock art has always been an exercise of patience and love.

 

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Original Aboriginal rock art "Dinuni" by Biripi artist Russel Saunders OAM

 

 

ROCKING THE WORLD – Australian Artists Making their Mark in the World of Painted Rocks

There are a great number of extraordinary Australian rock artists whose talent and expertise have reached the farthest and widest corners of the world. For all their hard work and passion I can only show my respect and gratitude.  However, in this article I am only aiming at talking about five of the many Australian artists whose work I greatly admire:

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ELSPETH MCLEAN – ETHEREAL TOUCH OF COLOURS

 

The critically acclaimed rock painting artist, Elspeth McLean of Perth - Australia has been known to create some of the most vibrant and hypnotic designs. In the last years her original approach to rock painting has made the greatest impact onto the rock art community worldwide.

What I mostly admire about Elspeth’s work is not only the extraordinary dotting skills she never fails to amaze us with, but also the array of colours she puts together to create positive moods. In her art I find energy, passion, strength, and motivation to overcome all things that come with life.

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Some of the most amazing paintings on rocks by artist Elspeth McLean | Facebook | Instagram

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KARIN GETAZ – FLUID EMOTIONS IN BRILLIANT HUES

 

From the Australian Tropics in the far North of Queensland - Australia, Karin Getaz has been “conquering” the world of painted rocks with mesmerizing elliptical constructions and other harmonious dot designs.

I am always in awe of how, with the graceful movements of her brush, Karin creates romantic moods. It is art that allows emotions to flow hypnotically with colours and  invite you to dream.

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 Art of fluid emotions and brilliant colours by Karin Getaz | Instagram |

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TAMMY WARD – LOVABLE, "AWKWARD", AND FUN

 

Tammy Ward is an artist with an inexhaustible energy to create and offer joy to the world. The electrifying colours she uses as well as her brilliant imagination and attention to detail have attracted a considerable amount of attention in our community of rock painters. Tammy’s flamboyant pirates, dragons, the beautiful owls and bright fish are some of the most sought after rock collectibles in the world! If you travel to Queensland, Australia make sure you take a moment to visit some of the local markets in Gladstone or Hervey Bay to see her joyful works of art.

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 Fun art in electrifying colours by artist Tammy Ward at Awkward Art Painted Rocks | Facebook | Instagram |

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SCOTT DODSON – ROCKS WITH WHIMSICAL TEMPER

What I mostly admire about Scott’s rocks is that you can always expect them to talk to you!

His exquisite rock art will charm you with its energy, originality, and youth. You will find in Scott’s rock collection some of the most dazzling characters: mummies, werewolves, scary clowns, the bewitching gnomes and so on. With bright blocks of colours, Scott’s rocks are given different personalities; some will smile at you, some will challenge you with endearing looks.They will all make you love them. This is what Scott brings magically to the world: life on rocks.

 

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 Whimsical painted rocks by Scott Dodson at Rockhedz Art and Design | Facebook | Instagram |

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JAN SINGLETON – LOVE FOR ALL LIVING THINGS

Jan is an amazingly skilled artist who has never failed to depict the most adorable animals on rocks! Her talent and passion for everything she creates is more than captivating. There are so many rocks to love in Jan’s collection: little dogs and cats, owls, hippos, seals, panda bears and so many others! Just have a look and smile.

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 Wonderful art expression and skill: Painted rocks by Jan Singleton | Instagram | Website |  

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CHRISTINE ONWARD - ROCKS OF "THE DIAMOND"

As for me, I owe it all to Diamond Beach in Australia. I lived there for nearly three years and I am grateful for each day I went to the beach just to find the most amazing rocks in the most beautiful shapes in colours. These rocks have changed my life into what I am now: a passionate admirer and creator of art on rocks.

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Naive art on rocks by Christine Onward | Facebook | Instagram |

 

I hope you enjoyed my invitation to know some of the Australian rock artists I love. If you too live and create art on rocks in Australia, please let me know. I would love to continue the series with a new set of artist from our country. Thank you.

 

 

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  • Christine Onward
Comments 4
  • Yvette
    Yvette

    Merci beaucoup Christine de nous faire découvrir tous ces talentueux artistes rock Australiens… I’♥

  • Vera Scowcroft
    Vera Scowcroft

    One was left at Perth Airport from England. Who ever finds it can you put a post on high peak Rock’s. Thank you happy finding

  • Rachel
    Rachel

    Just amazing! I follow a few of them now and I am always in awe. Fabulous artists!!!💓 Great read as always!!

  • Snuggiethegoblin
    Snuggiethegoblin

    Great read. I was already a huge fan of Scott’s work, but theres even more major talent over there in Australia! Im going to rush over and follow these artists on instagram. This is super inspiring!

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