Jock Puautjimi (b.1962)
Country: Rangini,Barra Base
Skin Group: Warnarringa(Sun)
Dance: Tayamini (Wild Dingo)
Jock Puautjimi started working with the Tiwi Design Potters in 1979 and over thirty years later continues to work at Tiwi Design in a range of Media. Primarily trained in ceramics at Bathurst Island by the pottery founders Eddie Puruntatameri and John Bosco Tipiloura, Jock also studied at Nepean Technical School in New South Wales and Darwin Institute of Technology. Jock was taught to carve(tutini) by his Grandfather Gabriel Tungatalum.Jock works in many other media including printmaking, ironwood carving and painting. After concentrating on painted earthenware, sometimes depicting groups of Tiwi and occasional religious imagery, Jock began a new practice in cast glass in 2003, collaborating with glass artist Luna Ryan. In 2007 a national touring exhibition of their work, titled Mamana Mamanta, Gradual Friendship, opened at Craft ACT Canberra. Jock’s work was selected as part of the exhibition New Ceramics from Ernabella, Hermannsburg and the Tiwi Islands, presented at SOFA 2007,an international exposition for Sculpture Objects and Functional Art, held annually in Chicago,USA.Jock’s ceramic work earned a highly commended award in the Shepparton Art Gallery Indigenous Ceramic prize exhibition,2007.Jocj has work in the collections of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Powerhouse Museum, Flinders University Art Museum and Shepparton Art Gallery.
“At School I painted this Island, pencil, and I came second – I got a lolly. It really put me in the art. Actually my grandparents were artists too. My grandmother Agnes did bark painting, on tunga,and I did carving with my grandfather Gabriel Tungatalum.Bede is my uncle – my mother Edwina is his sister. My grandfather taught me with an axe, about the shape, and to make it clean, easy to paint on. I was a good painter when I was a little boy. Everyone would see that small pole, we all have different shapes and people could see the pole design and say, ‘This belongs to Gabriel’. It’s like teaching – the design has meaning, like body painting when someone dies. My designs are father’s land – red, white, black, yellow.Red represents the sun and because the yellow turns red after burning it is a bit the same.Mt totem is sun and dance is dingo.”