Aboriginal Art

Wally Caruana

An updated and expanded edition of this classic survey, which has established itself as the superlative introduction to the full diversity of Aboriginal art.

This concise survey showcases the work of Aboriginal artists from across the Australian continent. From Arnhem Land and the desert, the Kimberley and North Queensland, to modern towns and cities, Aboriginal artists have built on traditions that stretch back at least fifty thousand years, working in a variety of contexts from the sacred and secret realm of ceremony to more public spheres. Artwork across all media is included, from painting, sculpture, engraving, constructions, and weaving to the most recent work in photography, printmaking, and textile design. This story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art has now been revised and expanded to include the latest developments across each of Australia’s geographical regions.

This volume in the celebrated World of Art series includes color illustrations throughout, and is a testament to Aboriginal art’s continued dynamism and vitality.


Wally Caruana


Wally Caruana was senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, where he oversaw the development of one of the most important collections of Indigenous Australian art in a public museum. Caruana is now a visiting fellow in the department of art history, Australian National University, and the senior consultant, Aboriginal art, to Sotheby's Australia.