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Milton Budge

(Australia 1941 – )

Language group
Ngaku, South-east region
Camping on walkabout
Place of origin
New South WalesAustralia
Media category
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on canvas

53.4 x 117.9 cm stretcher;

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. corner, brown synthetic polymer paint "M. BUDGE" / 'NGAKU' 89".
Purchased 1994
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

"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

Exhibition history (1)

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