Rainbow Serpent in Sydney

Badger Bates photographed infront of the ‘Sharing Barkandji Stories of the Land, Water and Sky, 2022’ steel gates. PICTURE: SUPPLIED

Making a fine impression in the Sydney Biennale is Badger Bates and Mat Mewburns collaborative work in steel, ‘Sharing Barkandji stories of the land, water and sky, 2022.’

The three panels, located at the Ramsay Foundation, tell of the Barkandji World view of The Barka (Darling River), the Ngatyis (Rainbow Serpent), the Seven Sisters, the Makwarra (eagle) and the Kilparra (crow).

The ceiling painting tells the story of the Emu in the Sky.

These stories are shared across many aboriginal countries.

Mr Bates is making a massive impression in the art world now creating civil works such as the mosaic on the banks of the Murray in Mildura, his renowned linocuts showing his love of country and now his fine works displayed at the Sydney Bianale.

Complete coverage of Mr Bates’s Bianale works will be in a future edition.

Made in steel in collaboration with Matt Mewburn and the team at Eveleigh Works.

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