My artwork is a celebration of my family's totem, The Saltwater Crocodile.


Everything is connected, the land, the water and us.

Like the crocodile, we are saltwater people with an ancient lineage.

- Joshua Bonson


A little bit about the artist.

Award winning Darwin artist Joshua Bonson, with no formal training, has exploded onto the national art stage with works in Collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Kerry Stokes Collection, Wheelock Properties Collection, the Toga Contemporary Art Collection and Art Bank Collection to name but a few, as do many private collections both nationally and internationally.

Bonson is a painter who shares stories of his Indigenous heritage through his work.

Life’s been a bit of a rollercoaster ride for the 30-year-old since completing year 12. He only started experimenting with paint in his senior school years, creating textured black-and-white paintings in acrylics in what he describes as a 3D style. ‘I try to get a lot off-the-page detail in my work’, says Joshua. He applies his paint thickly creating works that are contemporary in appearance yet embody age-old Indigenous traditions and meanings. ‘The idea is to recreate the scales of a saltwater crocodile, which my grandfather told me is my totem. The armored skin of the reptile is shown by the built-up serrations of the paint and other materials applied by hand or directly from the tube.’ But it also works on different levels – ‘It can be read as a close-up of a reptile’s skin and as a landscape both seen from a distance and as close-up details of rock’s and sand.’


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