Rock Art Sequence

The Kimberley Rock Art Sequence and terminology has been used for many years as the basic reference for discussion on respective rock-art motifs, groups, periods and epochs.

The paintings labelled ‘Bradshaw’ by the scientists of the Frobenius Institute expedition in 1938 are also known as ‘Gwion’. Gwion is a Ngarinyin word for the Sandstone Shrike Thrush; legend has it that the Gwion paintings were painted by the Sandstone Shrike Thrush with a bloody beak. There are various names given to this style of art and whilst all of these are acknowledged, for practical purposes KFA is  using ‘Gwion’  on its website.

More recently, researchers and scientists in the field of rock art research have brought their own descriptions and terminology to describe some rock art traditions.

The Kimberley rock art sequence of art styles have been determined by superimposition.

Some names and suggested ages for the rock art will likely change over time. A more recent approach to terminology can be found at Rock Art Styles.

I support the KFA because the rock art of the Kimberley region is a great treasure - it represents the cultural heritage and tradition of Indigenous Australians. The beauty and the spirit of the rock art lives on today. I am inspired by the work that the Kimberley Foundation does in preserving, protecting and promoting the significance and value of these great works.
Brooke YoungKFA supporter
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