• Artist: Timothy Cook
  • Art Centre: Jilamara Arts and Crafts
  • Region: Tiwi Islands

Artwork Story

Timothy Cook was born in 1958 and began exhibiting his work in the late 1990’s. His art depicts body paint designs used in the Pukamani Ceremony (Tiwi burial ceremony) and the Kulama Ceremony (yam ceremony). His art is also closely linked to stories of Purrukuparli, the Tiwi mythological ancestor and is characterised by a geometric structure of lines and dots.These geometric patterns, common in all Tiwi art, often depict sites of stories of mythological significance involving ancestors who were changed into animals or birds.

Timothy’s distinctive style has received much attention in recent years. His work has been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions.

 

AWARDS:

 2002    27th Annual Shell Fremantle Print Award Fremantle Art Centre

2004    Special Commendation 21st NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2005    22nd NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2006    Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery

2008   25th NATSIAA, The Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2009   Western Australian Premiers Indigenous Art Award, Perth

2009   26th NATSIAA, Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2010    27th NATSIAA, Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2010    Togart Contemporary Art Award, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin

2011    28th NATSIAA The Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2011    Highly Commended, Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, Perth

2012    Winner, 29th NATSIAA, Museum and Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2013    Kate Challis RAKA Award, Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne

2013     Togart Contemporary Art Award, Chan Contemporary Art Space, Darwin

 

COLLECTIONS:

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

Artbank Collection, Sydney

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Laverty Collection, Sydney

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

Charles Darwin University, Darwin

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

Art Gallery of South Australia

Wesfarmers Collection of Australia, Western Australia

Murdoch University Collection, Western Australia

Pat Corrigan

Musee du quai Branly, France

National Gallery of Australia

Ann Lewis Collection

Edith Cowan University, Perth

Western Australian Art Gallery, Perth

King Edward Memorial Hospital, Perth.

Private collections in the USA

St John of God Hospital, Perth

Parliament House Collection, Canberra

The City of Stirling art collection

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bennett, J.  ‘Ngingingawula  Jilamara kapi purunguparri (Our Paintings on Bark) Gallery Monthly Magazine of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, September. 1992

 

1993 The Body Tiwi Aboriginal Art from Melville and Bathurst Islands, catalogue, The University Gallery, University of Tasmania at Launceston

 

1994 Art of the Tiwi from the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, catalogue, NGV Melbourne

 

2004 Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpangui, Jilamara Arts and Crafts

 

2006 McLean, Bruce, Timothy Cook, Ex Cat. Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award

 

2008, Ryan, J. ‘Timothy Cook’ Ex Cat. Timothy Cook, Aboriginal & Pacific Art

 

2009 Catalogue, Western Australian Indigenous Art Award

 

2010 Almanac, The Gift of Ann Lewis, MCA Catalogue (page 13)

 

2010 Tiwi Shima, woodblock printmaking, Jilamara Arts & Crafts, catalogue

 

2010 Timothy Cook , Nicholas Rothwell, The Australian

 

2011 nginimuwila kulama –our kulama – Outstation Gallery & Jilamara Arts Catalogue

 

2012 APT7 catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery- Gallery of Modern Art

 

2012 Luminous World, catalogue, Fremantle Press. Perth, WA

 

2012 Tiwi (Art-History-Culture) Jennifer Isaacs, The Miegunyah Press, Melbourne

 

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