Australian Aboriginal art is the oldest unbroken tradition of art in the world. Aboriginal rock art sites have been dated as being the oldest in the world at around 40,000 years old. This is older than the famous Lascaux Palaeolithic cave paintings in France, which are estimated to be around 17,000 years old. Due to the isolation of the Australian continent from the rest of the known world since pre-historic times, the ancient culture of the first Aboriginal inhabitants remained undisturbed until the arrival of European maritime explorers in the 17th century.
The Warlpiri People of Central Australia Mainie’s collection presents original artworks hand-painted by Warlpiri women artists, from the internationally acclaimed Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Warlukurlangu is a stronghold of traditional Warlpiri arts, language and culture, at the remote outback community of Yuendumu, located in the Tanami Desert region of Central Australia about 300 kilometres North West of Alice Springs. The original Aboriginal artworks featured in the Mainie collection are based on traditional Warlpiri dot paintings and ceremonial body art designs which have been passed down through countless generations over thousands of years.
Warlpiri artists are highly collectible and their works are exhibited in major galleries, museums and private collection around the world.