• Artist: Alfonso Puautjimi
  • Art Centre: Ngaruwanajirri Inc
  • Region: Tiwi Islands

Artwork Story

Date of Birth:    16 . 11 . 1969

Dance:               Dingo

Skin Group:      Sun

Medium:            Natural ochres on Arches paper, acrylic and natural ochres on canvas, Batik on silk, lino block design and watercolour on Canson paper.


Alfonso has been painting with the Ngaruwanajirri group since 1997. Subject matter of his paintings is drawn from his environment : Tutini (pukumani poles), carved heads, figures and birds as still life groupings, local landscape including trees, boats, planes and cars and patterns. Alfonso uses bold brush strokes, generous paint application and applies black lines over broad areas of colour, finishing with dots and lines in colour. His paintwork has a strong textural textural effect.



“Tayikuwapi”, All Ngaruwanajirri Group exhibition, Coomalie Cultural Centre, Batchelor, N.T. August-September 2002.

“Ngaruwanajirri –Paintings by Tiwi Artists”, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, N.S.W. December 2002.

“Ngaruwanajirri Yirrara” Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney. November- December 2003.

“Yirrajirrima”, Raft Artspace, Darwin, N.T. March- April 2004.

“The Batchelor Collection 1994-2004.” Darwin Supreme Court Foyer, Darwin. September 2004.

“Ngaruwanajirri 2005”, works on paper. Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, N.S.W. 26th November-10th December 2005.

“Ngaruwanajirri Artists at Raft II” Raft Artspace, Darwin, N.T. 9th- 23rd December 2005.

“Alfonso Puautjimi Recent Works”, William Mora Galleries, Richmond, Victoria. 2nd-27th May2006.

Supreme Court, Darwin. A Ngaruwanajirri Group exhibition. August 2006. Part of the festival of Darwin.

“All the Tiwi Mob”Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. 3 Ngaruwanajirri artists with artists from Jilamara, Munupi and Tiwi Design. September 2006.

Raft Artspace, Darwin N.T.  25th November- 16th December 2006.

“Tiwi Art” Raft Artspace, Darwin, N.T. December 2006- February 2007.

Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A. A 3 man show with natural ochre works on canvas by Alfonso, Lorna Kantilla and Estelle Munkanome. 15th June 2007.

“Yirrinkiripwaja”,A  Ngaruwanajirri Group exhibition, FAC Gallery, University of Wollongong, N.S.W. 8th – 26th October 2007.

“Works on Paper and Canvas” by Alfonso Puautjimi, Estelle Munkanome and Lorna Kantilla. Raft Artspace, Darwin, N.T. 3rd-24th November 2007.

“Ngaruwanajirri Yikurri” Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney. Natural ochres on canvas and paper. 29th November- 20th December 2007.

“New work from the Tiwi Islands”,  SoMA Galleries, Norwood, S.A. Exhibition in conjunction with Tiwi Design, Jilamara and Munupi. Natural ochres on Arches paper. 1st-30th March 2008.

“Recent Works by Lorna Kantilla, Estelle Munkanome, Alfonso Puautjimi”, Raft Artspace, Darwin.  2nd-18th December 2008.

“Tokwampini Tiwi Bird Carvings”,  carvings and paintings at Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney.  3rd-20th December 2008.

Lorna Kantilla, Estelle Munkanome and Alfonso Puautjimi.  Raft artspace, Darwin. 6th November to 28th November 2009.

Nomad Art, ACT  June 2010. Natural ochres on Arches paper by Alfonso Puautjimi, Estelle Munkanome and Lorna Kantilla.

Ngaruwanajirri@Outstation , Parap, N.T. June 2010. Natural ochres on canvas and Arches paper by Alfonso, Estelle Munkanome and Lorna Kantilla.

“Arampini: Artists from the Tiwi islands” 8th July-11th August 2010. Ngaruwanajirri artists and artists from Munupi Arts (Melville island) Natural ochres on Arches paper. NAS Gallery, National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney.

Kapala . Short St Gallery, Broome, WA. Alfonso works on paper with works by other Ngaruwanajirri artists. August 2010.

No Words Necessary.  New Tiwi works by Conrad Tipungwuti, Estelle Munkanome, Alfonso Puautjimi.            20th October to 20th November 2010. Suzanne O`Connell Gallery, Australian Indigenous Art, Newfarm, Queensland.

Raft artspace Christmas show. 10th December 2010. Raft artspace, Alice Springs, N.T. with works by Alfonso, Estelle Munkanome and Lorna Kantilla.

`Ngaruwanajirri : helping one another` Charles Darwin University Art Gallery, Casuarina, NT.  10th August to 7th October 2011. A retrospective exhibition of works by all Ngaruwanajirri artists.



Art Collection at the Batchelor Institute, Batchelor, N.T.  Natural ochres on Linen.

Lam Collection, University of San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA. Natural ochre paintings on Arches paper.

Charles Darwin University Art Collection, Casuarina, Darwin, NT.  Natural ochres on Arches paper.

©  Ngaruwanajirri Inc, Nguiu, Bathurst Island, N.T.