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Tiwi Islands

Tiwi Islands

A selection of paintings showing the styles from this Aboriginal art region - some paintings may still be available for sale, while some may have been sold.

Tiwi Islands Paintings & Carvings

The Tiwi Islands, located  in the Timor Sea 100km north of Darwin, are home to the Tiwi people and consist of two main islands, Melville Island, (5,788 sq kms) and Bathurst Island  (2,200 sq Kms). The Apsely Strait divides the islands and separates them from the Australian mainland.

The Tiwi Islands lie in the tropical zone and Tiwi people identify three separate seasons – the dry season (smoke), the build up to the Wet (cicadas song) and the Wet (tropical storms). The seasons are the key to the Tiwi cycle of life, determining the availability of bush foods and the appropriate ceremonial rituals.

The Tiwi Islands are also the home of three separate art centres –Tiwi Design, Jilamara and Munupi Arts and Crafts. The signature style for Tiwi artists is deeply embedded in the cultural and ceremonial practices of the islands. Tiwi Design is located at the settlement of Nguiu on the south-eastern corner of Bathurst Island. Nguiu township is home to about 1500 people and the art centre began work in 1968, evolving a fabric printing business based on wood block printing. Today the art centre comprises a painting studio, wood carving area, pottery studio, screen printing studio, plus office and gallery.

Tiwi social structure is based on skin groups which are matrilineal, being inherited down the mother’s line and determining which future marriage arrangements are acceptable. The role of ceremonies is vitally important in Tiwi society as part of the oral cultural tradition. Ceremony format may vary due to the local circumstances and time, but remains embedded in the cultural tradition of the past. The dominant ceremonial events that are performed are the annual Kulama Ceremony and the Pukumani funeral ceremony.

The Tiwi Creation stories tell of the Palaneri, the Dreaming at the beginning of time, where the Tiwi Islands and people were created from the darkness that existed before. The cultural stories and ceremonies provide the basis for contemporary Tiwi art which includes painting, carving, sculpture and printing.

Tiwi Carvings & Sculptures – Exhibition

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Owl Turutjikini by Romolo Tipiloura

Romolo Tipiloura  |  Owl Turutjikini

Jap 013181  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 68 cm

Pelican by John Martin Tipungwuti

John Martin Tipungwuti  |  Pelican

Jap 013184  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 51 cm

Cockatoo by Thomas Munkanome

Thomas Munkanome  |  Cockatoo

Jap 013186  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 103 cm

Bird Carving by Mario Munkara

Mario Munkara  |  Bird Carving

Jap 013189  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 112 cm

Bird Carving – grey by Mario Munkara

Mario Munkara  |  Bird Carving – grey

Jap 013190  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 80 cm

Bird Carving – black by Mario Munkara

Mario Munkara  |  Bird Carving – black

Jap 013191  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 86 cm

Owl Turutjikini by Mario Munkara

Mario Munkara  |  Owl Turutjikini

Jap 013192  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 76 cm

Pukamani Pole by Tess Tipungwuti

Tess Tipungwuti  |  Pukamani Pole

Jap 010554  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 70 cm

Kurlama by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Kurlama

Jap 012911  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  200 x 150 cm

Purukupali by Carmelina Puantulura

Carmelina Puantulura  |  Purukupali

Jap 010567  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 68 cm

Yalinga by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Yalinga

Jap 012912  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  200 x 150 cm

Owl by Romolo Tipiloura

Romolo Tipiloura  |  Owl

Jap 010537  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 43 cm

Miyinga Jilamara – Scars Bodypainting Design by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Miyinga Jilamara – Scars Bodypainting Design

Jap 012915  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  70 x 45 cm

Miyinga Jilamara – Scars Bodypainting Design by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Miyinga Jilamara – Scars Bodypainting Design

Jap 012916  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  70 x 45 cm

Wiyini Jilamara – Leaves Bodypainting Design by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Wiyini Jilamara – Leaves Bodypainting Design

Jap 012931  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

Wiyini Jilamara – Leaves Bodypainting Design by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Wiyini Jilamara – Leaves Bodypainting Design

Jap 012932  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Tunga by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Tunga

Jap 012934  |  ochre pigments on bark  |  84 x 32 x 6 cm

Water Bird by Michael Munkara

Michael Munkara  |  Water Bird

Jap 010559  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 77 cm

Pearly Shell by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Pearly Shell

Jap 012937  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  120 x 90 cm

Wiyini Jilamara – Leaves Bodypainting Design by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Wiyini Jilamara – Leaves Bodypainting Design

Jap 012939  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 90 cm

Bima by Carmelina Puantulura

Carmelina Puantulura  |  Bima

Jap 010568  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 58 cm

Tiwi Motif IX by Maryanne Mungatopi

Maryanne Mungatopi  |  Tiwi Motif IX

Jap 012139  |  etching  |  43 x 62 cm

Pakataringa Jilamara – Leaves & Rain Bodypainting Design by Maria Josette Orsto

Maria Josette Orsto  |  Pakataringa Jilamara – Leaves & Rain Bodypainting Design

Jap 012942  |  ochre pigments on canvas  |  90 x 60 cm

Untitled by Jean Baptiste Apuatimi

Jean Baptiste Apuatimi  |  Untitled

Jap 009439  |  ochre on canvas  |  79.5 x 78.5

Jilamara – Body Paint Design by Ian Cook

Ian Cook  |  Jilamara – Body Paint Design

Jap 009676  |  ochre on linen  |  48 x 48 cm

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