Ngukurr Arts Centre

Top End Bugi - Emu - Wally Wilfred


This is my mother’s totem.

Wally Wilfred is from the Wagilak Clan and has been painting with Ngukurr Arts since 2003. Wally has a diverse artistic practice, spanning both painting and sculptural works. Wally’s practice is inspired by his grandfather Sambo (Djambo) Barra Barra through his exploration of traditional and contemporary culture with history and storytelling. Wally's style is a unique fusion of traditional techniques with the unconventional use of bold colours.

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.

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Artist: Wally Wilfred 
Title: EmU, 322-19.
Medium: Bark Painting
Dimensions: 49 x 23cm

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