Sugarbag Spirits

Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek

Sugarbag Spirits by Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek


Bardayal 'Lofty' Nadjamerrek
Sugarbag Spirits
c. 1985
ochres on paper
75 x 53 cm

Sugarbag Spirits walk about on the land during the night and hide under water during the day. They stopped at particular sites in Ankung Djang country,  some of which are associated with different types of honey.

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The Next Generation: Lorraine Kabbindi White and Genevieve Kemarr Loy, Lauraine Diggins Fine Art, 12 August - 30 September 2017

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The art of Bardayal ‘Lofy’ Nadjamerrek is steeped in the tradition of rock art. He is a celebrated master of the ‘x-ray’ style of painting, ofen representing the organs and skeletal structure of various spirit figures; animal species, including kangaroo, emu, crocodile, goanna; as well as local flora. His distinctive red cross-hatching and meticulous parallel line work dazzles the eye.

Lofty's teachings and influence on his granddaughter, Lorraine Kabbindi White's work is clearly evident in her confident use
of fine white lines set against the red ochre background to paint the spirit beings, fauna and flora of her grandfather’s country, often in his specific “Stone Country” x-ray style.