WRAPPING PAPER: Billy Missi; Blak Flair

WRAPPING PAPER: Billy Missi; Blak Flair


Wrapping paper printed on 100% recycled paper stock with soy-based ink,

Based on Billy Missi's 2006 artwork Sapur au kubi (dark flock of bats). 

ARTIST: Billy Missi, 1970- 2012, was from Kubin Village, Moa Island in Zenadh Kes (the Torres Strait).

Artwork details: Sapur au kubi, 2006, linocut printed in black ink from one block, edition of 90, 700 x 1000 mm. Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking.


Artwork story: During mango, almond and cashew nut season a lot of Sapur (flying foxes) come to our village and gardens. When the sun begins to set in the western sky, the Sapur usually come in flocks from the thick mangroves that fringe the coastline. The Sapur only come out at dusk to raid the fruit trees so that people cannot see them. Otherwise they would be targeted by hunters and chased away. Despite this they do make a lot of noise as they feed. The Sapur suck the juice out of the fruit and dispose of the rest making a lot of mess under the trees. They do this all night until morning breaks when they take flight back to their isolated, thick scrubs and mangroves.

Blak Flair is a KickArts creative merchandise project that has been generously supported by the Christensen Fund. The project aims to develop a collection of merchandise that portrays the work of Indigenous artists from Far North Queensland, to promote their work and cultural importance to the broader community. 

Dimensions: 420 x 595mm