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BORN: 1954
REGION: Milikapiti, Melville Island
COUNTRY: Andranganoo (Goose Creek)
SKIN GROUP: Scaly Mullet
DANCE: Tartuwali (Shark)

Kaye is a senior Tiwi culture woman. She is well versed in the old ways, tradi-tional stories and speaks the ‘hard’ Tiwi language.

Kaye started painting at Jilamara Arts and Craft later in life after she retired from work. Prior to this she taught at the local primary school and worked at the li-brary. She loves teaching culture to the local primary school children who come to Jilamara for culture classes. She has a wealth of local knowledge about Tiwi culture and the history of the Tiwi people and ancestors.

She uses the Kayimwagakimi (carved ironwood comb) and natural ochres for Melville Island to paint. Her jilamara (body paint design) and pwoja (body) styles are very layered and reminiscent of some of the old Tiwi artists and the body painting styles hey used to prepare for ceremony and yoi (dance).

Kaye paints on bark, canvas and paper, but is particularly drawn to painting on stringybark sourced from around Milikapiti. Although relatively new to the art cen-tre, Kaye is gaining recognition as a leading female artist at Jilamara. She is set to have her first solo exhibition in 2020 and was a finalist in the NATSIAA Bark category in 2018. She made her first limited edition print in 2017 and also has a very successful design as part of Jilamara’s screen printed textiles line.


2020 TIWI, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (upcoming)
Jilamara: circles, dots, lines, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney
2019 PUPUNI JILAMARA NGININGWULA (Our Beautiful Paintings), Double-tree by Hilton, Darwin, NT
Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
Jilamara, Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, Queenscliff, VIC
turnuwa amintiya kirijipuni, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2018 Finalist Bark Prize, Telstra NATSIAA, MAGNET, Darwin NT
Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
Nginingawula Awirankini Waki (Our New Work), Jilamara and Munupi Group exhibition, Double Tree Hilton, Darwin
2017 Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani, Collins Place Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Mamirnikiwi Jilamara, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin, NT
Yirringinkiri Pwoja, Hilton Double Tree, Darwin, NT
2016 Ngawila Jilamara, Hilton Double Tree, Darwin, NT
2015 Tiwi Mamirnikuwi Jilamara: Tiwi Women Painting – The Cross Art Projects, Sydney, NSW
2015 Palya Arts, Melbourne, VIC
2015 Kuripapuranjuwi Ngini Ngawila Jilamara Kapi Ngawa Tiwi – Tiwi Show,

Darwin, NT
2015 Counting Tidelines – Nan Giese Gallery, Darwin, NT
2013 Going forward – Tiwi Art Network exhibition, Darwin, NT

Artworks By Kaye Brown