Johnathon Bush

Skin: Takaringuwi (Scaly Mullet)
Country: Andranangoo (Goose Greek)
Dance: Tartuwali (Shark)
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 “For both my Tiwi people and my global family I want culture to be strong. If you don’t have culture, you fall and have to fight to reconnect. Without culture we are all lost…I hold the Western and Aboriginal law in my hands for all mankind to be equal. I have to balance both laws. I have been through many obstacles in order for my words to be heard.” 

He expresses his views on equality, culture, art and language through painting, writing and song.

Johnathon’s ochre paintings present a unique combination of Tiwi culture and his personal views on global politics, family and cultural heritage. He adopts some painting techniques that reflect jilamara (Tiwi body paint design) and combines them with representations of political figureheads, stories of colonial crimes against indigenous people or adaptations of old anthropological images made of the Tiwi.

“I hope my artwork gives a glimpse into my strong beliefs of a want for world peace and equality for all humankind.”

Johnathon Bush (Jon Jon) lived for many years in Borroloola working as a stockman at an outstation herding horse and cattle. Jon Jon’s father is from Borroloola and his mother is from Milikapiti. Jon Jon moved back to Milikapiti to be with his mother’s family and to spend time with his daughter. He started working at Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association in 2015.

Artworks by Johnathon Bush

Untitled - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Untitled

13-21

$3,795

Johnathon Bush

150 x 120cm, natural ochres on canvas
Untitled - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Untitled

118-20

$575

Johnathon Bush

60 x 60cm, natural ochres on canvas
Product - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Product

230-19

$805

Johnathon Bush

60 x 60cm, natural ochres on linen
Pakapanali - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Pakapanali

178-17

$1,265

Johnathon Bush

120 x 90cm, natural ochre on canvas
Old Warrior - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Old Warrior

146-17

$920

Johnathon Bush

120 x 90cm, natural ochres on canvas
Conflict with Foreign Power - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Conflict with Foreign Power

453-17

$2,070

Johnathon Bush

120 x 150cm, natural ochres and charcoal on canvas
Bushy by Nature - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Bushy by Nature

313-17

$1,725

Johnathon Bush

120 x 90cm, natural ochres on canvas
The old people - Painting - Johnathon Bush

The old people

309-17

$1,265

Johnathon Bush

120 x 90cm, natural ochres on canvas
Spear Dance - Painting - Johnathon Bush

Spear Dance

126-17

$1,265

Johnathon Bush

120 x 90cm, natural ochres on canvas
World Peace, Tiwi Treaty - Textiles - Johnathon Bush

World Peace, Tiwi Treaty

52-98

$0

Johnathon Bush

2m, hand screen printed fabric