A nativity image by Rachael Saunders
These are some symbols you will commonly come across in Australian Aboriginal art. An important point to note is that the perspective is generally that of looking down on the land from above, as is common for maps. Because that's what Aboriginal artworks actually are. Now try testing your new skills on this painting. Can … Continue reading A spotters guide to Aboriginal symbols
"One Tribe, One Mob" by Australian aboriginal artist Max Conlon Did you know the word “Church” is derived from the Greek word kyriakon, not ekklesia as is commonly supposed, and that they have very different meanings? Kyriakon doma means “House of the Lord” and refers to a place of worship. Ekklesia means “the called out” … Continue reading Why you won’t find a church in the New Testament
This picture comes from Western Australia, courtesy of a friend of mine. He writes: "Hi Matt, Was thinking of you. We were in W.A 2 weeks ago and went to New Norcia. Was profoundly impressed in that in the 19thc they genuinely respected the Aboriginals and genuinely tried to incarnate the Gospel to them. The … Continue reading Aboriginal Christian Art from Western Australia
"Good Friday" by Australian Aboriginal artist Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri.
"Wapirra Trinity" by Clarise Nampijinpa Poulson. An Aboriginal Art website explains the image this way: "Her work of art contains, from top to bottom, the following Wapirra (Trinity) Jukurrpa. As usual in the iconography used at Yuendumu, humans are represented by U-forms. Inside the brown, nearly closed arc at the top of the painting are people … Continue reading Aboriginal Christian Painting of the Trinity and the People of God
This painting, of the embrace of the cross, is by Gloria Leigh. I came across it in an ad for the NATSIEC Indigenous Theology and Spirituality Conference coming up in Baulkham Hills in March 21st – 25th 2011.