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David Bosun, Kubin Village, Mua Island, Torres Strait Artist

David Bosun

Born 12th Mar 1973

Born: Thursday Island
Resides: Kubin Village, Moa Island Torres Strait Islands
Tribe: Wug
Clan: Mualgal
Language: Kala Lagaw Ya.
Language group: Near Western TSI


Lino-cut, etching, painting on paper and canvas, screen-printing and jewellery making.


Torres Strait Island artist David Bosun grew up in a very sensitive cultural environment and from the age of four he practised traditional dancing and singing. He first became interested in art in grade six after participating in an art class at school.  David went to Thursday Island Secondary school and later moved to All Saints and St Gabriels Anglican college in Charters Towers, Queensland. During High School he was always in trouble for drawing in class instead of doing his work.

David has attended James Cook University and Cairns TAFE.  He travelled extensively internationally with the touring exhibition Gelam my Son.  He also led a delegation to Cambridge University and is believed to be part of the first people from the Torres Strait to examine the Haddon Collection of Torre Strait artefacts.  David has also attended a cultural exchange in Suva, Fiji.

David believes that both the future generations in the Torres Strait as well as the rest of the world need to be educated about the rich cultural heritage and distinctiveness of Torres Strait culture. He is striving to record and illustrate his ancestral beliefs and traditions through the visual and performing arts.


  • Artbank, Sydney
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
  • Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs
  • Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
  • Badu Island State Primary School, Badu
  • Kubin Council
  • National Museum of Australia, Canberra
  • Cambridge University Museum, UK
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, UK
  • National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
  • New York Fine Art Gallery

Recent Group Exhibitions

  • 2011  Gab Titui Torres Strait Islands Art Award-  Commended
  • 2012  Cairns Indigenous Art Fair: Cairns.
  • 2013 Gab Titui Torres Strait Islands Art Award
  • 2013 Our Stories: Mossenson Gallery, Collingwood
  • 2013: Kinship:  James Cook University, Cairns


David has been selected for a one month Kulge-Ruhe/Australia Council residency at University of Virginia in USA in September 2013.

Artist’s Statement

I have strong cultural beliefs and draw inspiration from the spiritual realm.  It gives me personal strength and it comes from beyond this world. I have learnt all this from my elders who are very spiritual and sacred people and who I respect greatly.  I demonstrate this respect in many ways including through the creation of visual art and in dance.