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  • Title: Yirrikapayi
  • Artist: Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (dec)
  • Region: Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre: Tiwi Design
  • Medium: Etching
  • Collection: I Am Tiwi
  • Dimensions: 60cm x 45cm
  • Edition Size: 40
  • Price ($AUD): $ 880.00

Artwork Story

Part of an important folio of ten limited edition prints by renowned Tiwi artist Jean Baptiste Apuatimi. This body of work embodies the iconic imagery produced by this important Australian artist for whom painting is an act of engagement in a culture and tradition linking the past with the present and nurturing the future.

I am Tiwi is presented in an archival boxed folio $8,800

‘Yirrikapayi was once a man who lived around Cape Fourcroy. They been spear him. He crawled into the water and turned into a crocodile (Yirrikapayi). Long ago my husband was hunting and fishing when a big crocodile jumped out of the water and grabbed his arm. He save himself. He grab that inside part and pulled. That crocodile let go and died. He didn’t want to eat that crocodile. He been chuck him away. I had two girls at that time, Carmelina and Josette. My husband was a brave man.

© Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, c/o Tiwi Design

Drawn on the plates by the artist and printed in an edition of 50 by APW Printer Simon White at Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, 2008.

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