Sword fish by Billy Black

Sword fish

Billy paints stories from his Dhuwa homeland in north east Arnhem Land. Stories are passed on either paternally or maternally, and Billy would have learnt these stories from his ancestors. The cross-hatching style (Rrark) is a traditional painting style of this area and can represent elements such as water, air and wind. His paintings often feature totemic animals of the fresh waters of north east Arnhem Land.

When Billy was a little boy his dad used to go out on the waters around Millingimbi in a canoe to catch swordfish with a spear. Billy says “They are the biggest out that way!”  His dad would catch them and bring them back to camp for the whole family.