Jilamara Arts

Gallery 2

19 February - 21 March 2021

 

Kulama by Timothy Cook

Timothy Cook   |  Kulama

Jap 018019  |  natural ochres on linen  |  120 x 150 cm

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Kayimwagakimi Jilamara by Philip Puruntatameri

Philip Puruntatameri   |  Kayimwagakimi Jilamara

Jap 018022  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 70 cm

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Ngiya Murrakupupuni by Michelle Pulatuwayu Woody Minnapinni

Michelle Pulatuwayu Woody Minnapinni   |  Ngiya Murrakupupuni

Jap 018027  |  natural ochres on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Jilamara by Geraldine Pilakui

Geraldine Pilakui   |  Jilamara

Jap 015750  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  150 x 120 cm

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Miyaringa Jilamara by Raelene Kerinauia Liddy

Raelene Kerinauia Liddy  |  Miyaringa Jilamara

Jap 018024  |  natural ochres on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Kayimwagakimi by Nancy Marie Kerinauia

Nancy Marie Kerinauia   |  Kayimwagakimi

Jap 018030  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

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Yirrinkiripwoja by Michelle Bush

Michelle Bush   |  Yirrinkiripwoja

Jap 018032  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  180 x 60 cm

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Jilamara by Raymond Bush

Raymond Bush   |  Jilamara

Jap 018021  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 70 cm

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Yirrinkiripwoja by Nancy Marie Kerinauia

Nancy Marie Kerinauia   |  Yirrinkiripwoja

Jap 018017  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 70 cm

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Yoyi – Dance by Johnathon Bush

Johnathon Bush  |  Yoyi – Dance

Jap 018018  |  natural ochres on linen  |  120 x 90 cm

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Jilamara by Jacinta Lorenzo

Jacinta Lorenzo   |  Jilamara

Jap 018020  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  180 x 60 cm

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Jilamara by Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri

Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri   |  Jilamara

Jap 018031  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 70 cm

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Jaliwaki – Bush Potato by Dino Wilson

Dino Wilson   |  Jaliwaki – Bush Potato

Jap 018026  |  natural ochres on linen  |  150 x 150 cm

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Jilamara by Brian Farmer Illortaminni

Brian Farmer Illortaminni  |  Jilamara

Jap 015739  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  110 x 85 cm

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Yirrinkiripwoja – Body Paint Design by Michelle Bush

Michelle Bush   |  Yirrinkiripwoja – Body Paint Design

Jap 018023  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  120 x 60 cm

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Jilamara by Raymond Bush

Raymond Bush   |  Jilamara

Jap 018033  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 81 cm

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Jilamara by Philip Puruntatameri

Philip Puruntatameri   |  Jilamara

Jap 018029  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 70 cm

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Jilamara by Brian Farmer Illortaminni

Brian Farmer Illortaminni  |  Jilamara

Jap 015749  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  180 x 60 cm

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Ngiya Jilamara VIII by Janice Murray Pungautiji

Janice Murray Pungautiji  |  Ngiya Jilamara VIII

Jap 015736  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  30 x 30 cm

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Pwoja by Barbara Puruntatameri

Barbara Puruntatameri   |  Pwoja

Jap 018025  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  90 x 70 cm

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Jilamara by Brian Farmer Illortaminni

Brian Farmer Illortaminni  |  Jilamara

Jap 015741  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  80 x 30 cm

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Parlingarri Jilamara by Mary Elizabeth Moreen

Mary Elizabeth Moreen  |  Parlingarri Jilamara

Jap 015737  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  60 x 60 cm

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Ngiya Jilamara II by Janice Murray Pungautiji

Janice Murray Pungautiji  |  Ngiya Jilamara II

Jap 015735  |  natural ochres on linen  |  30 x 30 cm

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Jilamara by Rachel Puruntatameri Merican

Rachel Puruntatameri Merican  |  Jilamara

Jap 015745  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  45 x 45 cm

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Jilamara by Dymphna Kerinaiua

Dymphna Kerinaiua   |  Jilamara

Jap 015751  |  natural ochres on canvas  |  88 x 56 cm

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Jilamara by Dymphna Kerinaiua

Dymphna Kerinaiua   |  Jilamara

Jap 018028  |  natural ochres on linen  |  200 x 60 cm

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Jilamara Arts & Crafts is based at Milikapiti on Melville Island, as part of the Tiwi Islands. Established in 1989, the art centre originally focused on hand screenprinted textiles. Painting, carving and printmaking quickly evolved as part of the art practice, all strongly connected to the traditional cultural skills associated with island ceremonial life. These include the carving of tutini poles and body painting for the Pukumani and Kulama ceremonies.

Pattern, or Jilamara, is a vital part of life on the Tiwi Islands, seen in the performance yirrinkiripwoja, body painting, and the Pukumani, or mortuary ceremony. In these events the Creation stories of Tiwi people are enacted and integrated into everyday life.

The artistic output of the Jilamara art centre is strongly influenced by all these traditional practices and ceremonies. The patterns remain the collective cultural inheritance for all Tiwi artists, who continue to celebrate the traditions through their own unique impressions of culture.

Two influential artists from Jilamara Arts, Kitty Kantilla, 1928-2003 and Freda Warlapinni, 1928-2003, were major contributors to the recognition gained by the art centre for carefully wrought paintings in ochre that exemplified Tiwi culture. The National Gallery of Victoria presented the exhibition ‘Our Designs on Bark’ in 1991, highlighting the distinctive culture of Tiwi art. The word Tiwi means ‘We the people’ and has come to be used to name the people of the Tiwi Islands since first contact.