Presented by Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Munupi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Association and Ngaruwanajirri Incorporated
Pupuni Jilamara Nginingwula brings together Tiwi Island artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, Munupi Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Association and Ngaruwanajirri Incorporated for an exhibition showcasing the profusion and vibrancy of Tiwi artists across several generations.
The art of the Tiwi people has a unique aesthetic drawn from their ancient ceremonial traditions and the associated intricate and expressive designs painted with local natural ochres. These pigments applied to the bodies and to ceremonial carvings during ritualistic performances are important aspects of these ceremonies that feature highly elaborate dances and underpin the development of contemporary Tiwi art.
Limited by the natural pigments of yellow, red, white and black, Tiwi artists create a surprising diversity of highly dynamic visual elaborations as they skilfully merge contemporary personal ideas with ancient symbols. Each artist uses their own inspiration and style to create, within the limitations of these natural hues, a vast array of vibrant visual forms. The result is an emotional and exuberant celebration of applied local colours that evokes the unique world view of the Tiwi people, as well as their ancient and complex traditions and mythologies.
- Artwork Dino Wilson, natural ochres with acrylic binders, 2019
Proudly supported through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program
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