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 poster features Timothy Cook’s painting, Kulama and is an exclusive and enduring keepsake from the TIWI exhibition.
Printed on luxury 170gsm Hanno Silk Art paper
Standard A2 in size measuring 59.4 x 42cm
Made in Melbourne and exclusive to the NGV design store
Please note: All our poster products are shipped in protective poster tubes and are sent separate to other items placed in the same order.
Tiwi born c. 1958
earth pigments on canvas
120.3 x 150.4 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Judith and Leon Gorr, 2019
© Timothy Cook/Copyright Agency, Australia