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Title

Camping on walkabout

1989


Artist

Milton Budge

Australia

1941 -

Language group

Ngaku, South-east region


About

"Painting shows Aboriginal people setting up camp on their walkabout – in and around the centre of Australia. The land being dry and barren – trees are short and stumpy so their bark becomes unsuitable for huts to sleep in. So they use branches and twigs for skeleton framework, and line with spinifex rushes. Painting shows trees, bushes and their shade. Dead logs also.

Skeleton framework left standing; two Aboriginal men gather spinifex and entwine through half completed hut and so Aboriginal woman takes little boy inside completed hut. These huts, when completed, are walled, and have skin floor and also skin doormat.

Two dogs play near spears and woomeras – spear throwers. Hunters having found water – two filled skin bags – and goanna and snake. Aboriginal women gathered two bark baskets of fruit and veges. – herbs. Skeleton frameworks are left standing for the next mob of Aboriginal people on walkabout."

Milton Budge, 1989


Details


Place where the work was made

New South Wales Australia


Date

1989


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

53.4 x 117.9 cm stretcher;


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown synthetic polymer paint "M. BUDGE" / 'NGAKU' 89".


Credit

Purchased 1994


Location

Not on display


Accession number

557.1994


Artist information

Milton Budge

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
New South Wales

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history