Dominance of Line

 

 

 

 

The X-ray style of painting found in the Aboriginal rock art of Arnhem Land, Australia, employs an intricate build up of closely hatched lines to describe details of of the subjects depicted.

 

These Barramundi fish are under painted with a white pigment, outlined in a dark red, then broken down into smaller detailed shapes which are painstakingly hatched with fine dark lines.

The rock art galleries are often densely layered, being built up over thousands of years with intricate, superimposed images. The images are closely woven into tribal stories and customs giving the galleries a richness way beyond just their visual appeal.

Kakadu Rock Art (Detail)

John Lovett

 

John Lovett is an Australian artist working in oils, watercolor and mixed media. Since commencing his career John has held over thirty five solo exhibitions and taken part in many joint ones. John’s work is represented in private and corporate collections in Australia, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and USA. John’s passion for his work and his open easy approach to teaching make his books, DVD’s and workshops thoroughly enjoyable, extremely informative and always very popular. His articles are regularly featured in “International Artist” magazine.      

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