How to buy authentic Aboriginal art?

The key to buying the highest quality Aboriginal art is seeking information and asking questions.

Outlined below are some key questions you can ask to help ensure the quality and integrity of artwork:

  • Does the gallery have a reliable and transparent operating history?
  • Does the gallery have a coherent selection of work linked by style, quality, materials or geography?
  • Are connections to the artists' community, country or art centre celebrated or concealed?
  • Does the gallery promote community-based art and Aboriginal owned and operated enterprises?
  • Does the gallery or dealer acknowledge where and how the artwork was made?
  • If a gallery or dealer works directly with artists, what is the quality of that relationship?
  • Ask for more information about the individual artist and the artists' community. Ask which art centre did the work come through or which art centre does the artist normally paint with?
  • Can the gallery or dealer provide an artwork certificate or CV for the artist and their work?
  • Is the Artist's name, art centre or community and catalogue number all written on the back or edges of the painting, or otherwise clearly marked on the artwork?

Wandjina artwork created by Gordon Burunga from the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, located in Derby

Wandjina artwork created by Gordon Burunga from the Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, located in Derby