MEET OUR SIGNATURE ARTISTS
Our All-NEW Signature Range features artwork from our renowned Indigenous Collaboration Artists: Karla McGrady & Joel Sam!
All of our collaboration artists receive a percentage of every piece they sell so when you buy from our Signature Range, you're not only supporting BW Tribal as a 100% Owned Indigenous Business but you're also supporting local Indigenous Artists!
KARLA MCGRADY // BIO
Karla McGrady is a Gamilaraay woman, born and raised in Tenterfield NSW, her artwork reflects on stories and lessons learned throughout her life. Her work is inspired by her love of art and storytelling, encouraged by her family members that she would often spend hours sitting and watching them paint and draw. Her work often incorporates vibrant colours or earthy tones that help describe each individual story in a way that only she can tell it.
STORY BEHIND THE ART // "MEDICINE LEAVES"
Medicine Leaves - My people use Eurah leaves for cleansing and smoking ceremonies and other medicinal purposes, this piece represents the cleansing effect of using these traditional leaves to heal ourselves.
JOEL SAM // BIO
Joel Sam is a contemporary Indigenous artist residing in Cairns. He is a direct descendant of the clans of Saibai Island where he spent his early years before moving to Bamaga to complete high school, the place he calls home. His work explores his personal engagement with Torres Strait Island culture and family stories through the processes of printmaking and sculpture.
The use of traditional clan Minarel (pattern) embedded within his images is characteristic of Joel’s work. Totemic designs include Umai (dog), Koedal (crocodile), Baydham (shark), Waru (turtle) and Samu (cassowary) connected through ancient familial bonds. Often interwoven, these designs allow Joel to express a more intricate visual language representative of the complexities of his Saibai Island heritage.
STORY BEHIND THE ART // "COCONUT SHELL WATERBOTTLE"
Coconut Shell Waterbottle - The three fish hooks symbolise strength, good luck and safe travels, wherever we travel we need water to keep us going. This depicts the coconut shell water bottle which represents rebirth of life in different forms.