This website has been created to share our knowledge of the Australian Aboriginal people and their culture especially those aboriginal artists who live in the Central Australian region called 'Utopia'. Mbantua Gallery has long held a rapport with many of the artists and elders of Utopia and over 25 years ago set up our Aborginal Art Gallery to share the art of these indigenous people. Originally selling only the art from our Utopia artists we now have a small selection of aboriginal art from the Top End (Darwin and surronds) as well as a unique giftware line called 'Utopia Giftware' that features our best works of art on items such as drink coolers, notepads, journals, keyrings, postcards, barmats and our newest item, Men's Ties.
Enjoy browsing through this website to learn a little bit more about the Aboriginal culture! If you would like to view our artwork please visit the Mbantua website.
This region is loosely termed Utopia whereby much of the land (not all) lies on aboriginal owned land called Urapuntja. Utopia comprises of several large communities and several small communities. Read more >>
It was in the late 1980’s that Aboriginal people of Utopia started to put acrylic paint on canvas. Generally the aboriginal artists of Utopia were initially quite formal in their painting techniques. It was quite traditional in depiction so much that the symbols or style clearly showed a cultural story whether in regard to ancestral Dreamings or bush tucker. Read more >>
The Australian Aboriginal Culture is something in the vicinity of 40,000 years old. It is a rich and complex culture and brought about by an intimate knowledge of the environment. There are four links to the Dreamtime: