Meet the Artists
ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE.
All of our collaboration artists receive a percentage of every piece that sells, so when you buy from our collaboration pieces, you're not only supporting BW Tribal as a 100% Owned Indigenous Business, but you're also supporting our local community Indigenous Artists!
We are very proud to be showcasing this years new NAIDOC 2020 themed release; Always Was, Always Will Be.
This country was criss-crossed by generations of brilliant Nations.
Australia has the world’s oldest oral stories in which our 3 artists (and 1 in-house designer) have incorporated into their own stories through their artwork and into our brand new NAIDOC 2020 designs.
Meet our talented Artists below.
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.
I am a Menang/Gnudju artist born and raised on Noongar boodjah (land) I am located in south west of Australia and currently reside in Albany WA. I have been painting for about 2 years now. I paint contemporary styles using my cultural knowledge to educate and share stories. I use art as a platform to advocate about issues I am passionate about. My family has suffered from government policies so I want to raise awareness around the issues my mob face today due to inter generational trauma. I also hope to inspire other mob to paint and embrace their culture as it is vital for us to have a cultural identity in our communities. Painting has brought so many positive opportunities into my life and I hope through my art everyone can learn something to watch my journey follow me on Instagram @kwaboriginalartist or Facebook @Kiya Watt- Aborginal artist
"I am Leah. I am an Aboriginal woman born in Canberra, ACT. My mob are Kamilaroi from my Grandmothers country in the Gunnedah region. I am a self-taught Contemporary Aboriginal Artist and began painting at a very young age. I have been painting in a professional capacity for over 7 years.
"Art is such an important platform to share my culture with the wider community. My art is like a 'visual yarn', people really connect with the stories and meaning behind the work".
A great deal of my artistic vision and inspiration comes from the changing landscapes in my home town, on country and from my journeys to ocean country and beyond. I use layers of fine dotting, line work, colour gradients, Aboriginal symbolism and my signature style of 'cracked earth' landscape throughout my paintings. Kamilaroi country is often dry and cracked, but rich and deep in history, culture and story as represented by the space in between the cracked earth. I pay great attention to detail, natural patterns, light, shade and texture in the landscape.
My paintings often work between two perspectives; landscape and birds-eye view. Through a birds-eye view, I generally map the journeys in which I take, along with my ancestral and cultural ties. As I learn more about my culture and discover my ancestors’ footprints in the landscape, I feel the urge to paint my story, my sense of place."