Ngukurr Arts Centre

Top End Bugi - Barramundi - Wayne Bingal


Barramundi and long neck turtle in billabong. 

Wayne Bingal’s works beautifully encapsulate his respect and connection to nature. His depiction of natural foods such as barramundi and long neck turtles wild in the billabongs, along with men and their hunting tools speaks to the circle of life, and celebration of the natural land around him and its ability to nourish the people who live off it.

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.  

Please Note: This exhibition runs from September 19 – November 1. All exhibition orders with Click & Collect will be available for collection from November 2 once the exhibition ends. All exhibition orders with shipping, will ship from November 4.

Artist: Wayne Bingal 
Title:  Barramundi, 92-20.
Medium: Bark Painting
Dimensions: 62 x 30cm

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