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The aim of Artwork Downunder is to provide an extensive collection of quality hand-picked  Australian artworks exclusive to the Oceanic region, and to promote the beauty and unique style of Australasian art worldwide. Artwork Downunder’s pride is based on our confidence that each piece that we have individually chosen is one which will illuminate any home or office and provide a sensory pleasure for years to come. The artworks we offer reflect a sublime blend of nature and imagination. The hand chosen artists are those who successfully combine sophistication and simplicity to create elegant showpieces inspired by the natural environment. Each artist’s vision, together with diligence and devotion to their craft, has enabled the creation of incomparable pieces that are as timeless as they are original.

A discerning appreciation of art is far deeper than the simple aesthetics of a piece. The story that is behind the creation of a work of art can be a journey not only in personal or social history, but also gives a glimpse into the inspiration behind the piece, the artist’s choice of mediums, and the significance of the work. Below we have provided background information on the different mediums of Australian artwork we provide.


Australian Aboriginal art is said to be the oldest living art tradition in the world, dating back some 40,000 years. With no written language, the Aboriginal people used storytelling through song, dance, and art to pass on their heritage from generation to generation. Aboriginal people have a mythological tradition known as Dreamtime, which describes the beginning of time and the relationship between the unchanging networks of all beings. Dreaming is derived from Dreamtime, and is used to describe the connection between the spiritual, natural, and moral relationships of the world. The Dreamtime concept is the inspiration behind many of the paintings on our website.

The Aboriginal people of Australia are not a homogenous group, there were thought to be as many as one million Aborigines with over 200 language groups at the time of European settlement. As such, the Aboriginal paintings that are exclusive to Artwork Downunder represent different styles in the various aboriginal traditions, with certain styles distinct to specific regions of Australia. Traditionally, Aboriginal paintings where created solely for cultural uses within the different tribes. Contemporary Aboriginal paintings combine aesthetics and cultural significance.


The extraordinary glass pieces exhibited on our site are the creation of Noel Hart, a renowned Australian artist specialising in glass sculpture. Hart has a diploma in Fine Art and Design and a range of professional artistic experience that includes photography, art therapy and glass design. Perfecting his style has meant that the artist has developed and refined his method through the ongoing study of creative forms; and through a lifelong appreciation of the splendour of the natural environment. The artist’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including Australia, Hong Kong, London, Singapore and San Francisco.

The inspiration for Hart’s work comes from his fascination with the natural world, and his sculptures typically reflect the multihued brilliance of a range of exotic birds in synergy with their environment.

"The focus of my artwork is a consuming passion for an abstract or semi abstract personal iconography, reflecting an interest in nature and ecology. I'm not too precious about particular artistic mediums, having tried many. But since the beginning of the year 2000, I've worked primarily with blown glass and oil paint on linen.

Living where I do, on a property with sub-tropical rainforest adjacent to national parks in Northern New South Wales, I'm fortunate to having a continuous experience with biodiversity, a relationship I constantly refer to in my artwork.

Another influence is the frequent reassessment and revisiting of earlier artwork. This enables me to continually develop ideas over an extended period of time as well as crossover between mediums. Typically my recent paintings have a kind of glassy or glazed appearance, while the blown glass pieces appear quite painterly.

The subject of birds and their habitat has reappeared and disappeared in my work for over 20 years, both quite figuratively and completely lost to abstraction in both the paintings and works in glass. The bird theme has expanded into secondary narratives including conservation and deep ecology.”


Artwork Downunder has an outstanding collection of decorative masks that are each unique creations made locally in the Oceanic region. All of the masks in our online gallery have been carved from woods native to the region. Each mask possesses detailed facial characteristics, colours and patterns that create a distinctive personality. While some masks are hand-sculpted in the indigenous tribal custom, others are decorative pieces that are a fusion of contemporary and traditional design. Local artisans spend hours carving each mask and then painstakingly hand paint each piece in a unique pattern that brings their creation to life. It can take years of constant practice to perfect the skills required to produce the quality pieces that have been individually procured by our buyers.


The exquisite woodwork showcased in our collection is derived from a variety of beautiful timber crafted from native Australian Eucalypts. One of the features of our woodwork collection are our superb Australian burl sculptures. Burls, also known as burs or burrs, are naturally occurring growths that begin as a small lump on the tree’s trunk or branches and slowly swells over time as the tree grows. The slow growth formation of a burl results in the appearance of remarkable textures and patterns in the burl wood. Burls are extremely sought after by craftsmen who have the skill and patience to unveil their rare beauty through practiced wood turning. Another reason for the popularity of burl wood is that they allow for eco-friendly wood harvesting as burls can be safely removed from the tree without damaging or inhibiting its growth. Burls are found in several tree species but are particularly common in Australian Eucalypts. The River Red Gum and Coolibah trees are particularly valued for their deep burgundy colors and extensive cream patterns.



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