After studying the Lukasas I pondered over other artworks that incorporate symbols. One of my favourite paintings is Klimt's, Adele Bloch-Bauer I, which was sold in 2006 for $135 million, the most ever paid for a work of art. There is an interesting story behind this painting which you can read at David Apatoff's blog, Illustration Art. (Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.)
Owusu-Ankomah from Ghana paints striking pieces with bold naked figures almost disappearing into the background of adinkra symbols. You need to see these paintings enlarged for better effect. Each Adinkra symbol represents a particular concept or proverb. I won't go into all the meanings now but one of the more common symbols which you can see in this painting is the bird walking forwards whilst looking backwards. It means one has to understand one's history before one can move forward. Click here to see more.
Aboriginal art from Australia is brimming with symbols. From the very first time I saw one of these pieces I have been in love with aboriginal art. This beautiful work was painted by Alec Baker. He has painted symbols representing rock holes and flowing water. Women are sitting near a waterhole after collecting wood. The arched shapes are shelters.
This embroidered piece is a healing work in progress by South African fibre artist, Karen Wentworth who is influenced by the runes from her viking heritage. Click here to read the featuring post.
Tribal Rugs represent a wonderful way of preserving the history of wandering tribes who possess little written tradition. Notice the demarcated placement of the hands, forehead and nose, at the top of this Barlouch prayer rug. See more here.
"Could rugs and carpets be a form of Rosetta stone, using hidden icons, symbols and patterns?" - Conan Brooks
This huge sculpture was constructed from rock slabs sewn together with steel cable . Chris Booth is the sculptor but Fiona Clark collaberated with an artwork within the sculpture, by carving symbols acknowledging the indigenous people of New Zealand.
I couldn't leave out the incredible symbols found in Egyptian art so I am including one of my collages which incorporates ancient walls of Egyptian symbols.
If anyone is interested in the meanings behind the symbols on this Lukasa, click here.