The Influence of Aboriginal Art

In the past, Aboriginal art was only seen by people within the aboriginal culture itself. This was largely due to the fact that the aboriginals were completely isolated as an island-nation. But when European settlers came to the country, all this changed. The people who immigrated to Australia were able to see aboriginal artwork. The paintings they saw, and the ancient stories they heard, had a significant influence on the newcomers.

Australian Culture

The culture of Australia will often reflect the social changes the country is experiencing at the time. In recent years, for example, there has been a push for aboriginal people to be better recognized as Australian citizens. Because of this, there has been a plethora of new plays, films, and music influenced by aboriginal art.


The economy of Australia largely relies on tourism, with tourists flocking to Australia for a host of reasons. These include the chance to see ancient aboriginal paintings, many of which still exist today. Tourists can also see modern art made by aboriginal people in the country’s many art galleries.

National Identity

The national identity of Australia is a mix of two different cultures: the aboriginal peoples, and those who have immigrated to the island-nation and their descendants. The original European settlers brought with them their own ways of making art. But once they arrived in Australia, this was mixed with aboriginal culture, thus creating something new, which can be viewed as the ‘national culture’ of modern Australia.

Outside Australia

Aboriginal culture has also influenced artists overseas. A good example of this is the music album ‘The Dreaming’ by British singer Kate Bush. The album is based on ancient aboriginal tales, and even uses aboriginal instruments, such as the didgeridoo. For people all over the world, aboriginal art is now seen as an intrinsic part of the cultural fabric of modern Australia.