Find inner Sydney galleries with contemporary Aboriginal artwork and modern art prints. Dot art, desert paintings, posters and more..
Looking for modern or traditional Aboriginal art but you don’t want to travel too far out of the city?
You’ll find a good selection of Aboriginal artwork in Darlinghurst in Sydney’s inner east, even closer than the Aboriginal art galleries in inner west Rozelle.
Aboriginal Modern Art Prints
So you’ve been into a few Aboriginal art galleries and you’re suffering from sticker shock. But you’d still like to take home this wonderful art. Well, what about a limited edition print, signed and numbered?
Or perhaps you collect limited edition prints or works on paper generally?
Many galleries have Aboriginal art posters and prints, but if you want a gallery that focuses on fine art prints, then visit the Aboriginal Art Network.
You’ll find a large collection of signed and numbered prints by Aboriginal artists here. The gallery specialises in art from far north Queensland and the Torres Strait Islands.
The works are in both traditional and non-traditional styles, reflecting Aboriginal art and culture today.
Prints can be bought unframed for easier transport and can be easily rolled and carried in a tube if you’re taking it with you.
If you prefer, the gallery can pack and send your purchase home. You can get fine Aboriginal artwork here for under AUD$200 (unframed).
Print prices start in the mid $100s with larger prints in the $400 to $500 range. They can go over $2000 for investment quality art.
There are lots of prints to choose from at every price point.
If you’re wanting smaller prints, or a mini collection of Australian Aboriginal artwork, then the gallery often has a collector’s folio of 6 original small prints. These folios change from time to time, going through different editions.
You’ll also find matted (mounted on cardboard) edition prints from $20, depending on size, boxed Aboriginal art cards and assorted cards and postcards.
So – plenty of choice and a good opportunity to buy Aboriginal artwork as gifts for friends at home.
The Aboriginal Art Network is at 312/18 Danks Street, Waterloo
Visits by appointment Tel: +61 2 9310 1496
You can also browse (and buy) their Aboriginal artwork online
More Aboriginal Artwork
The Artery is another gallery with its entire collection viewable online.
Check out their website before you go. You can always buy online but, if you’re coming to Sydney anyway, the website is probably best used for an initial discovery tour, to find out about artists and styles before your visit.
It’s a small gallery, in Sydney’s inner east, which can’t fit all it owns onto its walls at any one time.
But everything is there.
So, if you see something on the website that you like, but don’t see it on the walls just ask. The friendly staff will pull it out of their storeroom for you to look at.
The Artery states proudly that it is ethical, contemporary and affordable.
Although its art is not sourced from Aboriginal owned and managed Art Centres, the Artery is a signatory to the Indigenous Australian Art Commercial Code of Conduct. The code aims to ensure fair terms of trade with indigenous artists.
The Artery’s prices are lower than those in some of the other central galleries and the Aboriginal art work for sale is certainly contemporary.
As an added bonus, The Artery is surrounded by good cafés. You’re in the heart of Sydney’s coffee culture here when you’re done looking.
221 Darlinghurst Road
Monday to Friday 1000-1800 (10am to 6pm)
Saturday and Sunday 1000-1600 (10am to 4pm)
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