Bark paintings hold their value

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August 19, 2012 by sentaniarts

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

Financial Review | Arts 24.05.2012

It has been Aboriginal bark paintings, and other historic items, that have held up the Aboriginal art auction market.

Lauraine Diggins: Bark paintings faded into the background during the 1990s and 2000s as the craze for Aboriginal paintings on canvas took off around the country and then the world. But in recent years it has been Aboriginal bark paintings, and other historic items, that have held up the Aboriginal art auction market, achieving solid and in some cases outstanding results in tandem with the passing in of their flashier, higher priced, coloured canvas counterparts. This North Caulfield gallery has pulled 44 bark paintings together for a rare celebration of the art form. Priced from $950 up to $35,000, the exhibition features bark paintings from the 1950s through to later decades, spanning the Kimberley through Western Arnhem Land to Yirrkala in the North East. Exhibition ends July 14, 2012

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