Understanding Aboriginal Art

Fanuli Furniture showcases Aboriginal art

For the past six years, AboriginalArt Interiors has been working closely with Fanuli Furniture in Neutral Bay on Sydney’s Northshore, promoting  gallery quality Aboriginal Artworks in conjunction with their beautiful classic timeless furniture.
Fanuli is a family owned Italian importer and manufacturer of furniture. With a diverse range of stunning modern, contemporary and traditional furniture on the floor, the aboriginal art sits beautifully with all styles and interior tastes and enables customers to clearly visualise how the art will look in their own homes. So many customers comment how invaluable this is when selecting both their furniture and their art.
Covering three vast floors, Fanuli’s showroom displays a broad selection of Aboriginal artworks by well established and emerging indigenous artists, in various styles, colours and sizes.
As part of my service to Fanuli I work with their design team, visiting customers in their homes, sourcing and selecting the ultimate Aboriginal Artwork to grace their homes.

Art + Soul

Art + Soul
Like many lovers of Aboriginal art, I was riveted by the ABC two-part program Art and Soul.
Congratulations to Hetti Perkins, Senior Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, for producing such an honest, personal insight into aspects of Aboriginal life and Aborignal Art and culture.
While walking through a sacred site with two senior elders, Hetti described the rather illusive concept of “Tjukurpa” – or Dreamtime.
“Tjukurpa is a very complex term. I understand it as a series of narratives or stories that describe the travels and deeds of ancestral beings who created the land, our people and our culture, and it is very much part of the present”.
I know so many people who watched and loved the program – some of them quite unconnected to Aboriginal art, but who now feel that they understand and appreciate it a bit more, as a result of the series. Hopefully there will be more to come.


I recently had the honor of meeting Yammina Tommy Watson at the launch of Marie Giessler’s book, “Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson” at Ariel Book Store in Sydney, 24 March 2011.
I was unaware that Tommy would be present at the book launch. As I entered the store, the first thing I saw was an array of amazing book covers, red orange yellow and white dots, so typical of Tommy’s bold vibrant, almost shocking paintings. Further into the store, on a platform, was a large recent work that Tommy had painted and there sitting in a wheelchair, was the man himself. Much smaller than his works suggest, Tommy had an amazing quiet demeanor, quite unfazed by the gathering buzz that was accumulating around him.
After a moving address and official launch of the book by Marie Giessler, I introduced myself to Tommy and thanked him for the remarkable impact that his art has had on me. I asked him not to stop painting because I truly believe that what he conveys in his art, is so pure and unadulterated by fashion or phase.
The head-line in the next morning’s paper was that Tommy will not paint for much longer – this tour was promoted as a swan-song, I certainly hope not.
The book is a beautiful coffee table explosion of Tommy Watson power and energy, not dissimilar to the small version published by Macmillan Mini Art Series last year.