Milton Budge

(Australia 1941 – )

Kempsey, South-east region
Language group
Ngaku, South-east region

Camping on walkabout

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

Place of origin
New South Wales, Australia
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
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