Nomad Art is proud to present new paintings by Alfonso Puautjimi, Lorna Kantilla and Jane M Tipuamantumirri.
Alfonso has been painting with the Ngaruwanajirri group on the Tiwi Islands for over 25 years. His paintings depict local objects including planes, houses, trucks and boats. Alfonso uses bold brush strokes, applying vibrant ochre colours over a black background to create lines and shapes of the objects the depicts.
Lorna has been working with the Ngaruwanajirri group since the group began in August 1994. Her work with watercolours is lively and spontaneous and has a feeling of movement through the use of full and flowing strokes. Sometimes the paint is transparent, sometimes opaque and thick. Lorna`s paintings are mostly non-figurative, using lines, dots and sometimes circles.
Jane has also been painting with the Ngaruwanajirri group since the inception of the centre in 1994. Jane draws subject matter from her Tiwi culture and surrounds including mud mussels, magpie goose, shark, fish, tunga (bark basket), Tokwampini, (ancestral bird) and pamajini (arm band for ceremony).
Ngaruwanajirri artists are encouraged to explore their individuality and freedom of expression, fostering skills, innovation and sense of belonging. Under a beautiful painted roof of the Keeping Place. The artists are inspired by their culture and surroundings. As with most Tiwi art the predominant colours used are natural ochres. White and yellow are collected from two beaches on Bathurst Island and burning the yellow ochre over a fire produces a third colour, red.
Ngaruwanajirri (meaning helping one another in Tiwi) was established as a cooperative to support Tiwi artists with disabilities and to provide employment for people at Wurrumiyanga.
View works on the online gallery