Ngukurr Arts Centre

Top End Bugi - Stone Spears - Norman Wilfred

$556

This is the stone spear from our country Ngilibitji. They are special stones: they are underneath the ground, so they are soft. When you hit them with a rock, when they break off, it comes off sharp like a knife. We use them for spear and axe. Before, when we been in the bush, we had no knife, no axe, no gun, we used this stone for geƫng kangaroo, cuƫng turtle, anything. When the rock is in the water you can see it shine, but you can’t go get them. They are too sharp and would cut your feet. We call them gwarda. The ones on the side are in the ground.

Top End Bugi is a showcase of innovation and expertise from the Arnhem Land Artists of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Ngukurr Arts Aboriginal Corporation and Maningrida Arts and Culture. Presenting a series of works on Stringybark and selection of Larrakitj, Top End Bugi celebrates the creativity and diversity of bark artists, emerging and established. Connecting city and country, Top End Bugi is a spotlight for contemporary bark art, combining Top End, a collective term given to the northernmost region of the Northern Territory and Bugi, the Darug (Sydney Aboriginal Language) word for bark.  

As a cultural practice, bark art is a continuation of tradition, passing down sacred stories, designs and teachings through intricate strokes. The collection process begins after the wet season when the Stringybark tree is stripped, cured by fire, weighted and left to dry. Then using earth pigments, designs are layered, often with crosshatched strokes that speak to the cultural identity and visual language of the artist.  

Artist: Norman Wilfred  
Title: Stone Spears, 461-19.
Medium: Bark Painting
Dimensions: 90 x 30cm

Exhibition Catalogue

Show

Only 1 in stock!

Store Pick Up: Free
*Local Delivery: Free
Delivery: $80

All online items are available for free 'Store Pick Up' from our Rosebery showroom. This service is available Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

All orders must be collected from the side entrance on Dunning Ave. Same day pick up is available if you order before 1pm. Please allow a three-hour window from when you place your order to when you arrive to collect.

*Local Delivery is only available for Sydney metro 

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks come with a certificate of authenticity

This product is not currently available for sale outside of Australia, for international shipping please contact the retail team at info@koskela.com.au

Koskela products will always be made in Australia, and the same applies for most products we stock. This supports our community, strengthens our economy, and enriches our culture.

Find out more

Koskela’s social impact program commits 1% of revenue (10% of profit) to facilitate collaborations between artists working in Indigenous-owned art centres and our team, to create new contemporary design products. We also stock a selection of social impact products from around the world.

Find out more

Get notified about Koskela Gallery exhibitions.

Recently Viewed