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Badger Bates

(Australia 05 Oct 1947 – )

Language group
Paakantji, Southern Riverine region
Thina Yappa (Foot prints)
Place of origin
New South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
linocut, black on ivory wove paper

33.0 x 30.9 cm blockmark; 56.0 x 38.5 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "BADGER 93".
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Badger Bates comes from the Paakantji people of the Darling River, western NSW. He has been central in encouraging local Aboriginal people to make linocuts by teaching and promoting the 'Far West School' in other centres. He first made linocuts with designs he had been carving on emu eggs since childhood; the new medium enabled him to make more detailed compositions. He uses traditional Aboriginal motifs and designs based on the region's rock art (engravings, stencils and paintings) and the wavy, geometric designs found on local wooden artefacts. His themes include depictions of local sites of significance and aspects of traditional lifestyle as well as Dreamtime stories.

"This is at Mutawintji. Emu and Kangaroo are coming in to drink. Nhatji is there. Boomerangs, goanna and hands and the tommy-axe (a stencil) are all at Mutawintji".

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, 'Australian prints from the Gallery's collection', AGNSW, 1998

Bibliography (1)

Hendrik Kolenberg and Anne Ryan, Australian prints from the Gallery's collection, Sydney, 1998, 145 (illus.). 123

Exhibition history (3)

Aboriginal Art of the Western Darling, Maudespace, Glebe, 25 Jul 1996–11 Aug 1996

Australian prints from the Gallery's collection (1998-1999), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Nov 1998–07 Feb 1999

Home: Aboriginal Art from NSW, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 Jun 2012–02 Dec 2012