Tiwi

The Tiwi people of Bathurst and Melville Islands, just off Australia’s north coast, have a distinct visual culture. Their rich tradition of ceremonial art – of body painting, dance, and the carving and painting of memorial Pukumani poles – has, since the 1960s, found a new expression in prints, paintings, ceramics, textile designs and sculpture. Traditional media, such as natural ochre and iron wood continue to be used, along with more modern materials.

 

In the work of leading practitioners such as Janice Murray and Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, the highly schematized, seemingly abstract, representation of much Tiwi work is balanced by elements of more conventional representation.

  • Tiwi Artworks

    • Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Yirrikipayi, 2009
      Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Yirrikipayi, 2009
    • Johnathon Bush, World Peace, 2018
      Johnathon Bush, World Peace, 2018
    • Timothy Cook, Dugong, 1997
      Timothy Cook, Dugong, 1997
    • Timothy Cook, Dugong, 1998
      Timothy Cook, Dugong, 1998
    • Freda Warlapini, Mosquito Crocodile, 1997
      Freda Warlapini, Mosquito Crocodile, 1997
    • Freda Warlapini, Traditional Tiwi Motif, 1997
      Freda Warlapini, Traditional Tiwi Motif, 1997
    • Kitty Kantilla, Tiwi, 1998
      Kitty Kantilla, Tiwi, 1998
    • Janice Murray, Tokwampini - The Bird , 2019
      Janice Murray, Tokwampini - The Bird , 2019
    • Janice Murray, Pinjoma (Barn Owl), 2017
      Janice Murray, Pinjoma (Barn Owl), 2017
    • Janice Murray, Jilamarini Tirrintirri (Burdekin Ducks), 2017
      Janice Murray, Jilamarini Tirrintirri (Burdekin Ducks), 2017
    • Janice Murray, Tirrintirri (Burdekin Ducks)
      Janice Murray, Tirrintirri (Burdekin Ducks)
    • Janice Murray, Muma (Torres Strait Pigeon)
      Janice Murray, Muma (Torres Strait Pigeon)