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  • Title: Malapinyini
  • Artist: Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (dec)
  • Region: Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre: Tiwi Design
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Collection: I Am Tiwi
  • Dimensions: 60cm x 45cm
  • Edition Size: 50
  • 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.


‘The dots represent people, we call them Pwanga. The crosshatching represent the scarring done for Kulama ceremony. The straight lines represent the body painting done for ceremony, we call them Malapinyini.’

© Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, c/o Tiwi Design

Drawn on the plates by the artist at Tiwi Designs, Bathurst Island and printed in an edition of 50 by APW Senior Printer Martin King at Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, 2009.

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