The Story behind our Logo and Artist

Bila Muuji Logo

Title: Bila-dabaa-malang (Gathering on the river)
Year: 2017
Artist: Nathan Peckham

About the design

The literal translation of this design depicts a yuriyawa (waterhole) in a bila (river). On the banks of the yuriyawa are marks that were formed from walam-waumga (grinding stones). Our people would use rocky outcrops along the rivers to sharpen stones, grind seeds and make their gidyi (red ochre) and gunanggunang (yellow ochre).

These areas were vital to the tribe in a practical sense but also served as gathering areas where knowledge and lore were exchanged.

In a metaphorical sense, the river represents the health of our people. The waterhole represents the people of Bila Muuji coming together the help improve and promote the health of our people. The marks in the stone represent the contribution these people leave as they work with others to enhance the quality of life within our communities.

It also serves a reminder of the importance of the commitment to this cause, as once these marks are made, they are there long after we have gone.

About the artist

Although a contemporary artist by definition, Nathan leans upon the teachings of his Elders and chains them with a rich mixture of modern media and methods to give life to his unique brand of artwork and design.

Nathan endeavors to reach his audience by showcasing the many facets of Australia’s rich indigenous culture. In particular, the depth of the culture specific to the Dubbo region – his ancestral homeland.

As direct descendants of the Tubbah Gah clan within the Wiradjuri nation of New South Wales, the Peckham family is dedicated to the advancement and recognition of Aboriginal art and culture. It’s Nathan’s tacit objective to continue that undertaking by sharing his artistic talents and understanding.

Since the age of 17, Nathan has been slowly gathering knowledge and skills and applying them to his craft. Over that time, sales of his work have proudly reached all parts of the world, while within Australia he has worked with numerous businesses, government organisations, schools and community groups, continuing the work of his family and sharing his art.

For the future, Nathan strives to continue evolving his style and methods, to ensure he stays on the cutting edge of contemporary Aboriginal art and design.

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