Samson Bonson

Samson Bonson

Biography

Samson Bonson (b.1968), a Gurrgoni sculptor, was taught in the late 1990’s by Crusoe Kurddal a notable maker of mimih spirit carvings. 

Bonson is known for the refined carvings and the minute nature of his pointillist decoration on the main body of his mimih carvings.  This quality sees his work in high demand.

Bonson’s work has been selected for the 25th, 26th and 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards.  Significant exhibitions of his work include Dream Tracks, Aboriginal Art of Arnhem Land (2006) at the La Fontaine Centre of Contemporary Art in the Kingdom of Bahrain and <<rarrk>> (2006) at the Bargehouse Gallery in London.  In 2007 a work was acquired by the British Museum. 

His work has also been exhibited by Annandale Galleries in Sydney,  Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi in Melbourne,  Paul Johnstone Gallery in Darwin and most recently as part of Stories are Forever (2017), curated by Vivien Anderson Gallery in Melbourne.

Mimih (2016)
81.5cm x 4cm
Ochre on carved wood

Languages

Gurrgoni, Kuninjku

From

Barrihdjowkeng

Community

Maningrida : NT

Moiety

Yirritjinga

Date of birth

1967-12-31

Clan

Boburerre

Past Exhibitions

Group

  • 2017
    Stories are Forever, curated by Vivien Anderson Gallery, Merricks Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2016
    Maningrida Arts & Culture, Paul Johnstone Gallery, Darwin, NT
  • 2012
    29th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2011
    The Dreaming Changes Shape, Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Australia
  • 2011
    Shalom Gamarana Ngiyani Yana, Waterhole Art,Sydney, Australia
  • 2010
    Collection Highlights, Seva Frangos Art, Subiaco, Australia
  • 2010
    Best of Maningrida, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
  • 2009
    Works in Season: Bark Paintings, Carvings & Weavings, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2009
    Ancestral Spirit Beings and Ceremonial Lorrkon, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2009
    Sculptures, Josh Lilley Fine Art, National Geographic Store, London, UK
  • 2009
    Survey from Maningrida Arts & Culture, The Mossenson Gallery, Perth, WA
  • 2009
    26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2009
    Orche - A Study in Materiality, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2008
    25th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Awards Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
  • 2008
    Weaving around the traps, Chapman & Bailey, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2008
    Gungura - The Spiraling Wind, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2008
    Palya Art at Mary Place, Mary Place, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    Lorrkon, Spirit Beings, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2007
    Maningrida group show, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    rarrk, Bargehouse Gallery, London, UK
  • 2007
    Spirit in Variation Part II, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2007
    Spirit in Variation, Annandale Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2006
    Sculptures from Maningrida, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2006
    Dream Tracks, Aboriginal art of Arnhem Land, La Fontaine Centre of Contemporay Art, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • 2006
    Dream stories, The Bahrain Art Society, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • 2006
    Maningrida, Short Stree Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2005
    Recent works from Maningrida, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
  • 2005
    Bark paintings and carvings from Maningrida, Hogarth Galleries, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    Sticks & Stones, Bandigan Aboriginal Art & Craft, Sydney, NSW
  • 2005
    Spirit Beings and Lorrkon, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2004
    Fibre and sculptures, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA, Indigenart, Fremantle, WA
  • 2004
    Maningrida Fibre, Bandigan art, Sydney, NSW
  • 2003
    Mythological beings from Maningrida, Hogarth Galleris, Sydney, NSW

Collections

  • Laverty Private Collection, Sydney, Australia
  • British Museum, UK