Nomad Art presents an exquisite collection of new etchings, linocuts and works on paper from Jilamara Arts and Crafts. Inspired by the rich cultural heritage and the island environment, the artworks represent the stories and customs of the Tiwi people.
The prints were produced in collaboration with Martin King from the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne and feature Raelene Kerinauia, Janice Murray, Pedro Wonaeamirri, Timothy Cook, Conrad Tipungwuti, Brian Farmer Illortaminii and Nicholas Mario as well as younger artists.
Australian Print Workshop (APW) has an ongoing relationship with Jilamara Arts & Crafts, which began in 1995. Since then APW has undertaken several return trips to the Island. These visits have been complemented by visits to the workshop in Melbourne by several of the Tiwi artists.
Jilamara Arts & Crafts was first established in 1989 as an adult education centre focusing on fabric printing. Today artists work from a palette of natural ochres to produce paintings on linen, canvas, paper and bark. Also renowned for sculptural works the tradition of carving has continued through the art centre.
Artists draw inspiration from ceremony, body paint (yirrinkiripwoja) and scarification designs (minga), clan totems and the Tiwi creation story. Designs passed on by family are also an inspiration to artists developing their own particular style – their own jilamara.
Jilamara Arts & Crafts is located at Milikapiti (Snake Bay) on Melville Island. The Tiwi word ‘Jilamara’, which roughly translates to ‘design’ refers to the intricate ochre patterning traditionally applied to the bodies of dancers and the surface of carved poles during the Pukumani funeral ceremony.
Prints produced by Jilamara artists have been acquired for major public collections including: the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales and the National Gallery of Victoria.View the Online Gallery >
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