The NGV design store has designed a range of merchandise to celebrate the diversity of mark making and colour in the Tiwi visual culture.
TIWI celebrates the unique art and culture of the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands and explores the dynamic trajectory of Tiwi art across time and media. Tiwi art is intimately connected with song and dance and with jilamara, the idiosyncratic body painting designs with which performers celebrate kulama and conceal their identity from mapurtiti (spirits of the deceased) for pukumani ceremonies. The spirit of each work resides in the Tiwi notion of individual creativity, expressed through turtiyanginari (colour), patterns of marlipinyini (lines), kurluwukari (circles) and pwanga (dots).
This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle features Harold Porkilari’s Purrukuparli ngirramini. This exclusive and enduring keepsake from the TIWI exhibition is printed on luxury 2.1mm gloss grey-board and packed in a beautiful reusable presentation box; when complete the puzzle measures 50 x 70 cm. Included in the box is a poster insert measuring 40 x 28.5cm featuring the full puzzle image to help guide your puzzle completion journey. Exclusive to the NGV design store.
Tiwi Tiwi c. 1963–2003
Purrukuparli ngirramini 1992
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
102.0 x 75.5 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased from Admission Funds, 1992
© Harold Porkilari/Licensed by Copyright Agency, Australia