Johnathon World Peace Bush

Identifies as: A Tiwi man from Andranangoo (Goose Creek) and Borroloola​
Language/Language group: ​Tiwi​​
Website: www.jilamara.com
Instagram: @jilamaraartsandcrafts





 

 

I hope my artwork gives a glimpse into my strong beliefs of a want for world peace and equality for all humankind: ‘This time is your time. It is time for you to talk big. You need to fight to keep culture alive.’ I remember my older male ancestors saying this to me. They have all passed away now, but they have left work for me to do…it is important to link the past to the present for healthy future regeneration. Like a chain reaction. To fix up a family tree you have to go down to the roots and into the past. Love is the fruit of good family. I work for a future that is bright and where everything will be alright.

Artist bio

Johnathon World Peace Bush lived for many years in Borroloola working as a stockman at an outstation herding horse and cattle. Johnathon’s father is from Borroloola and his mother is from Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands. He moved back to Milikapiti to be with his mother’s family and to spend time with his daughter. Johnathon is part of the Bush family, whose country is Andranangoo (Goose Creek), east of where Milikapiti sits on the north coast of Melville Island. He started working at Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association in 2015, after being encouraged to start painting by his brother artist Kenny Brown.

Johnathon World Peace Bush’s ochre paintings present a unique combination of Tiwi culture and his personal views on global politics, family and cultural heritage. He adopts some painting techniques that reflect jilamara (Tiwi body paint design) and combines them with representations of political figureheads, stories of colonial crimes against Indigenous people or adaptations of old anthropological images made of the Tiwi. He uses natural ochres that are sourced from Melville Island to make these compositions in the three colours of Tiwi land kurrujupuni, arrikininga, yarringa (white, yellow, red).

In the last few years, Johnathon has been gaining increased recognition for his unique painting style, his political views as well as his poetry and lyrics. His work is held in the collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and has had multiple paintings selected as a significant contemporary contribution to the current TIWI exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). He is featured in the associated publication edited by Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, and his work has been collated by the NGV.


Tartuwali Yoi


Johnathon World Peace Bush with Timothy Cook (dancers) Dorianna Bush (singer)



Today is the day, today is our brand new day. Get up and stand for treaty now. I am the world peace.

I fight for treaty for all of us. Treaty for you, treaty for me, treaty for everyone in this world. Yes, this one world.

Johnathon World Peace Bush, World Peace Treaty, 2018, detail, screen print. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts



11.01.2021



Image: Johnathon World Peace Bush, Bush Family Tree, 150 x 120cm, locally sourced earth pigments on canvas, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts


12.01.2021



Image: Johnathon World Peace Bush, Painting Kulama in the studio, 150 x 120cm, locally sourced earth pigments on canvas, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts


13.01.2021



Image: Johnathon World Peace Bush, POPE for HOPE, 150 x 120cm, locally sourced earth pigments on canvas, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Jilamara Arts


14.01.2021


 

Image: Johnathon World Peace Bush, Tiwi Jesus, 150 x 120cm, locally sourced earth pigments on canvas, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts




15.01.2021


 

Image: Johnathon World Peace Bush, Generation Regenerate, 150 x 120cm, locally sourced earth pigments on canvas, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts


16.01.2021


 

Image: Johnathon World Peace Bush, Black Lives Matter, 2020, locally sourced earth pigments on canvas, 150 x 120cm. Courtesy the artist and Jilamara Arts





Past Actions

07 Jun - 13 Jun 2021

Unbound Collective

31 May - 06 Jun 2021

OLC Art Collective

24 May - 30 May 2021

Naomi Hobson

17 May - 23 May 2021

Adrft Lab

10 May - 16 May 2021

Pat Brassington

03 May - 09 May 2021

Eddie Abd

26 Apr - 02 May 2021

Loren Kronemyer

19 Apr - 25 Apr 2021

Guo Jian

12 Apr - 18 Apr 2021

Kenny Pittock

05 Apr - 11 Apr 2021

Jannawi Dance Clan

29 Mar - 04 Apr 2021

Gillian Kayrooz

22 Mar - 28 Mar 2021

Nathan Beard

15 Mar - 21 Mar 2021

Pilar Mata Dupont

08 Mar - 14 Mar 2021

Michael Cook

01 Mar - 07 Mar 2021

Seini F Taumoepeau

22 Feb - 28 Feb 2021

Dani Marti

15 Feb - 21 Feb 2021

Lill Colgan & Sab D'Souza

08 Feb - 14 Feb 2021

Chris Yee

01 Feb - 07 Feb 2021

Rochelle Haley

25 Jan - 31 Jan 2021

Karrabing Film Collective

18 Jan - 24 Jan 2021

Nici Cumpston

11 Jan - 17 Jan 2021

Johnathon World Peace Bush

07 Dec - 13 Dec 2020

Aphids

30 Nov - 06 Dec 2020

Raquel Ormella

23 Nov - 29 Nov 2020

Léuli Eshrāghi

16 Nov - 22 Nov 2020

Rolande Souliere

09 Nov - 15 Nov 2020

TV Moore

02 Nov - 08 Nov 2020

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

26 Oct - 01 Nov 2020

Ivey Wawn

19 Oct - 25 Oct 2020

Naomi Blacklock

12 Oct - 18 Oct 2020

Sancintya Mohini Simpson

05 Oct - 11 Oct 2020

Yhonnie Scarce

28 Sep - 04 Oct 2020

Ruha Fifita

21 Sep - 27 Sep 2020

Kaylene Whiskey

14 Sep - 20 Sep 2020

Adam Linder

07 Sep - 13 Sep 2020

Archie Barry

31 Aug - 06 Sep 2020

Min Wong

24 Aug - 30 Aug 2020

Hayley Millar-Baker

17 Aug - 23 Aug 2020

Erin Coates

10 Aug - 16 Aug 2020

Diego Bonetto

03 Aug - 09 Aug 2020

Tyza Stewart

27 Jul - 02 Aug 2020

Larissa Hjorth

20 Jul - 26 Jul 2020

Louise Zhang

13 Jul - 19 Jul 2020

Henri Papin (Meijers & Walsh)

06 Jul - 12 Jul 2020

Stelarc

29 Jun - 05 Jul 2020

Rainbow Chan

22 Jun - 28 Jun 2020

Jason Phu

15 Jun - 21 Jun 2020

Abdul Abdullah

08 Jun - 14 Jun 2020

Patricia Piccinini

01 Jun - 07 Jun 2020

Brook Andrew

25 May - 31 May 2020

Radha

18 May - 24 May 2020

James Tylor