Definition of bark painting in English:

bark painting


  • [mass noun] An Aboriginal art form that consists of pictures painted on bark:

    ‘he has almost singlehandedly revolutionised the style of bark painting’
    [count noun] ‘his collection of bark paintings was left behind in Paris’
    • ‘Alternations between movement and stasis condition the patterning of the Aboriginal art of the Centre and much of the bark painting of East Arnhem Land too.’
    • ‘She will speak on the aesthetics intrinsic to bark painting.’
    • ‘This is a cross-section of many things: photography, painting, bark painting, and video installation.’
    • ‘There are works ranging in style from the bright abstract dot paintings representative of the Papunya community to bark painting depicting real and mythical animals.’
    • ‘These traditions of bark painting survive in the Yolngu people who live in Northern Australia.’
    • ‘With bark painting there is a complex visual language.’
    • ‘Donald Friend's silk-screen motifs represented pearl divers in the Torres Strait, Margaret Preston used shapes from bark painting, William Constable sketched a corroboree, and a scarf by Roy Dalgarno evoked Arnhem Land.’
    • ‘The judges were divided in the bark painting category between the winner and a couple of more carefully executed works.’
    • ‘Bark painting is a message of education, a message that Yolngu have been here before Europeans landed in Australia.’
    • ‘There will be bark painting classes, a weekly public lecture series, and on-site musical performances.’