“Whenever a traditional Aboriginal person looks at the landscape, he or she always sees much more than just the physical features. There is a deep awareness of the presence of the Dreaming ancestors. All around are signs of their presence, their tracks, places where they had dug out valleys, split rocks or disturbed the ground in their passing. Sometimes too, their bodies or those of their enemies are perceived in rocks, boulders and trees. Their actual spirits are also there, not dangerous or unfriendly, living on in the world they made. It is possible to communicate with ancestor spirits. The bond that this creates is one of enormous strength”.
Paul Ah Chee Ngala, Manager of Aboriginal Australia Art & Culture Centre - Alice Springs
Australian Indigenous art is the oldest ongoing tradition of art in the world, dating back to more than 30,000 years. The quality and variety of Australian Indigenous art produced today reflects the richness and diversity of culture and the distinct differences between tribes, languages, dialects and geographic landscapes. Art has always been an important part of Aboriginal life, connecting past and present, and the people with the land.
The Happ family are known throughout Western Australia as passionate patrons of the arts. Producing pottery and music themselves, they also actively promote artists who work in a number of genres and mediums. Erl and Ros are especially inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art and the indigenous themes that underpin it... the ethos of being one with country and the belief that a painting is a native imprint of a particular place.
A different Aboriginal artwork is featured on the label of every new release in order to signify that each particular wine is unique to its season and the vagaries of nature.