Tiwi

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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 Works

    • Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Tunga, 2009
      Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Tunga, 2009
    • Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Yirrikipayi - Crocodile Skin, 2009
      Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Yirrikipayi - Crocodile Skin, 2009
    • Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Nguiu Bathurst Island, 2009
      Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, Nguiu Bathurst Island, 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
    • Terrence Farmer Illotimini, Fishing, 1999
      Terrence Farmer Illotimini, Fishing, 1999
    • Kitty kantilla, Tiwi, 1998
      Kitty kantilla, Tiwi, 1998
    • Kitty kantilla, Untitled, 2001
      Kitty kantilla, Untitled, 2001
    • Kitty kantilla, Untitled, 2001
      Kitty kantilla, Untitled, 2001
    • Kitty kantilla, Jilamara ll, 2001
      Kitty kantilla, Jilamara ll, 2001
    • Kitty kantilla, Untitled, 2000
      Kitty kantilla, Untitled, 2000
    • Kitty kantilla, Jilamara l, 2001
      Kitty kantilla, Jilamara l, 2001
    • Maryanne Mungatopi, Malakaninga and Murrukupwara, 1999
      Maryanne Mungatopi, Malakaninga and Murrukupwara, 1999
    • 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, Muma (Torres Strait Pigeon)
      Janice Murray, Muma (Torres Strait Pigeon)
    • Janice Murray, Tirrintirri (Burdekin Ducks)
      Janice Murray, Tirrintirri (Burdekin Ducks)
    • Freda Warlapini, Traditional Tiwi Motif, 1997
      Freda Warlapini, Traditional Tiwi Motif, 1997
    • Freda Warlapini, Mosquito Crocodile, 1997
      Freda Warlapini, Mosquito Crocodile, 1997
    • Dino Wilson, Muranga, 2019
      Dino Wilson, Muranga, 2019