Art is a form of expression which allows a person to speak through hands. It is a creative way of expression, transmit of information, and storytelling with the help of colors, shapes, patterns and symbols. Transmission of information through art is a universal tradition. Art has many form of it like painting of a portrait, sculpture, and clay molding but today we will discuss about the aboriginal artwork symbols.  

Aboriginal Artwork Symbols 

As you can assume by the word symbols that in this form of art, an artist conveys his messages by using some patterns of symbols. Utopian people are very famous for using symbols in their transmission of knowledge, storytelling and conveying messages. The aboriginal people had no written language so they used some symbols as their language. They draw different symbols according to the situation and this way of expression started known as aboriginal artwork symbolsThe footsteps of aboriginal artwork can be found more than 30,000 years back in Australia. This form of art still has its existence in the world these days. MBANTUA is an art gallery and a museum which has the symbolic artwork with them. The symbols are used in this artwork are usually more than 100 types such as: dots, circles, u-shape pattern, oval shape, three straight lines and body paints and so on.  

What these Aboriginal Symbols mean? 

Dots are very important symbols in ancient aboriginal artwork. They used to add a shimmer effect in sand and body paintings. The dots are also used in paintings to fill in the gaps. Circles in aboriginal artwork mainly use to represent the interconnectivity of a waterhole, specificity of a site, and a place of meeting. They are also used to show the connection of an individual with nature. The U-shape symbol is used to represent the sitting position of a person especially a woman and for the depiction of a big meeting and gathering, the u-shape symbol is used in a large number of groups. 

The oval shapes are called “coolamon”. The coolamon is a wooden container that is used to carry food, water, and baby. It is mainly used to show the travel of parents along with their children and their feed. In utopia, Australia, body paints are known as Awelye in their language. The body paints are often affiliated with women as they use body paints traditionally for making their selves stylish. The straight lines symbol is mostly used for the representation of a man. For the depiction of the beginning of a ceremony it is bordered with the small dots and to represent the family gathering it is used next to the small circle or u shape symbol.  


It is impossible to discuss all the symbols in 1 or 2 page article so the MBANTUA art gallery and museum is a place where you can find out the Utopian aboriginal artwork symbols masterpieces. They have a huge number of artists for this symbol artwork and have good reputation all around the globe. For more information, please log on to https://mbantua.com.au/meet-our-artists/