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OTHER NAMES Gurrumaiyuwa

BORN 1974
REGION Tiwi Islands
COUNTRY Andranganoo/Paluwiyanga
LANGUAGE Tiwi
SKIN GROUP Mulipurrula (White Cockatoo)
DANCE Jilarti (Brolga)

Pedro Wonaeamirri grew up in Pirlangimpi (Pularumpi) on Melville Island. He was educated in Darwin and returned to the Tiwi Islands in 1989, where he moved to Milikapiti the same year that Jilamara Arts and Crafts was incorporated. He has been exhibiting since this time and his artworks are in many national, state and private collections Australia-wide and overseas. He is a senior cultural leader on the Tiwi Islands with a significant and strong knowledge of the ‘hard’ Tiwi language and all of the songs and dance important in Tiwi Culture. His country Andranga-noo (Goose Creek) is on the eastern side of Melville Island “the land or country where I come from is from my father’s father, my grandfather”.

Pedro’s art is steeped in Tiwi tradition, yet is timeless. His contemporary art practice has its foundations in Jilamara – “design” derived from ceremonial body painting and the ornate deco-ration applied to Tutini poles, Tunga bark baskets, and associated ritual objects made for cere-mony and Tiwi Yoi (dance).

Pedro continues to exclusively use ochres sourced from in and around his place of work in Milikapiti. He applies these colours of Tiwi country with meticulous fine detail and tools tradi-tionally used to apply decoration to the skin. “The designs are already in my head and I use the Kayimwagakimi our traditional wooden comb made from ironwood and natural ochres from the island to paint.”

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

UPCOMING
2020 kurrujupuni, arrikininga, yarringa, tunuwuni kapi katukuni (white, yellow, red, black on iron-wood), Pedro Wonaeamirri & Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri, NIRIN: 22nd Sydney Biennale, MCA, Sydney

PAST
2014 Nini Parlanari: Amintiya Ningani – Old Ways: New Perspectives – Pedro
Wonaeamirri & Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2011 Ninganuwanga Jilamara – Forever Painting, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2009 Pwoja my Jilamara, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2008 Kartukuni amintiya Jilamara – Ironwood and Painting, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2006 Pedro Wonaeamirri, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2005 Nginingilawa Jilamara, Alcaston Gallery at The Depot, Sydney, NSW
2004 Nginingilawa Yirrajirrima (My third solo exhibition), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2003 Pwoja – Body Paintings, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2001 Pedro Wonaeamirri, Alcaston Gallery Melbourne, VIC

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
UPCOMING
2020 TIWI, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Ochre and Jilamara, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ
Jilamara: circles, dots, lines, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, Sydney

PAST
2019 Parlika Tutini Jilamara, Tarnanthi, Art Gallery of South Australia, SA
Jilamara, Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, Queenscliff, VIC
Turnuwa amintiya kirijipuni: black and white, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
Pumpuni Jilamara Nginingwula (Our Beautiful Paintings), Double Tree Hilton, Darwin
Defying Empire (travelling exhibition), Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Defying Empire (travelling exhibition), Mildura Art Gallery, Mildura, VIC
Defying Empire (travelling exhibition), Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW
Defying Empire (travelling exhibition), QVMAG, Hobart, TAS
2018 Fig Bilbao Art Fair, in conjunction with Print Council of Australia, Bilbao, Spain
Defying Empire (travelling exhibition), University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane
Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
Defying Empire NIAT III, Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Nginingawula Awirankiniwaki, Double Tree Hilton, Darwin, NT
Tim, Tom E., Harry, Rusty, Tiger & Pussycat Recent works on Paper with Basil Hall, Nancy Sev-ers Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Jane McKenzie In the service of poetry & Jilamara Arts, Koskela Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Tanz Im Mondenschein, AboriginalArt Austellung, Art Karlsruhe, Freiburg and Schorndorf, Germany
Palaneri – Aboriginal Art Der Tiwi, Art Kelch, Freiburg, Germany
2017 Being Tiwi, Morree Plains Gallery, Morree, NSW
Defying Empire NIAT III, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Being Tiwi, Glasshouse Port Macquarie, NSW
Tiwi Time, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
Being Tiwi, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, WA
Yirringinkiri Pwoja, Double Tree Hilton, Darwin, NT
Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani, (past, present, future), Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin, NT
Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani, (past, present, future), Collins Place Gallery Melbourne
2016 Being Tiwi, Artspace, Mackay, QLD
Being Tiwi, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
2015 Being Tiwi, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
2014 Jilamara kapi nginingawla ratuwati kapi nginingingila ratuwati (Jilamara from our island to your island), Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
2013 “We are Tiwi”, Ketchum, Idaho, USA.
Nga-wuja arungwapi – We are going forward, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin, NT
2012 Earth on Paper III – Seva Frangos Art, Perth, WA
Pedro Wonaeamirri & Patrick F Puruntatameri New Works – Alcaston, Melbourne, VIC
WOW, major survey of collection, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, VIC
Ngingingawula Jilamara kapi purnguparri – our designs on bark, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
Parlini amintiya Awirankini – Old and New, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin, NT
2011 Home & Away – Limited Edition Prints from APW, Australian Embassy, Washington DC
nginimuwila kurrujipini – Our colour, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin, NT
2010 White – Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
Kumunupunari – Season of Smoke, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin, NT
2009 Parruwarti Angawilla Jilamara – Earth our Colour Chapman Canberra, ACT
Earth on paper 2, Seva Frangos Gallery, Perth, WA
Islands in the Sun, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Mukumuwu – To be Together, Tiwi Art Network Exhibition Darwin, NT
Jilamara Kangi, Colour on Paper, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2008 New Paintings and Carvings, Hogarth Gallery Sydney, NSW
80×30, Seva Frangos Gallery, Perth, WA
Yimwarlini – new work from Jilamara, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2007 Tiwi Together, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, NSW
Red, Yellow, Black, White, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
De Overkant / Downunder, Den Haag Sculpture 2007, The Hague, Holland
2006 Tallis Foundation National Works on Paper Award, Mornington, VIC
Yirrajirrima murrakupuni ngawurraningimarri, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin, NT
Jilamara: new etchings from Melville Island, Northern Editions, Darwin, NT
Jilamara: new etchings from Melville Island, Alison Kelly Gallery Melbourne, VIC
Jilamara Tiwi, Soma Galleries, Adelaide, SA
Ngawila jilamara: our design, Aboriginal & Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Ratuwati amintiya ratuwati: Island to Island, Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
2005 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Yirrarra – Kulama amintiya Pukumani, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Aboriginal Vision in Contemporary Australian Art, Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, USA
Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, NSW
2004 Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA (Sorry Business Installation)
Place Made: Australian Print Workshop, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gallery
Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
National Works on Paper Awards, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington VIC
Nginingawula Tangarima (Our Country), Australian Print Workshop Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpanguwi, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany in association with Jilamara Arts and Crafts
Milikapiti Turtiyanginari: Milikapiti Ochre, RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT
Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Dreamtime’s Door: Art Aborigen Australia Contemporani (1971-2004), Fundacio Caixa de Gi-rona, Spain, touring Girona and Barcelona, September 2004 – May 2005
2003 Waterhole, RAFT Artspace at GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney, NSW
ARCO 2003, with Alcaston Gallery, Madrid, Spain
All About Art, Alcaston Gallery at Depot Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Moon, one icon, many stories, Short St. Gallery, Broome, WA; Arthouse Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
2002-03 People in a Landscape, Australian Print Workshop touring exhibition, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and Turkey.
Let’s Keep Our Art Strong: Recent works from the Jilamara Artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin, NT
2002 Pumpuni Jilamara, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Melbourne Art Fair, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2002 – 2006 Kiripuranji, Artbank collection international touring exhibition – South Pacific, South East
Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Latin America.
2001 Spirituality and Australian Aboriginal Art, Madrid, Spain
Jilamara, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
Islands in the Sun, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Island Images, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, VIC
Jilamara- New Work, Redback Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Taykwapi Tiwi, RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT
2000 Beyond the Pale, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, SA
Melbourne Art Fair 2000, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
This Earth for Us, Commonwealth Institute, London
People in a Landscape, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, VIC
Heritage Art Award, Canberra, ACT
From Mythology to the Present, Wuerzburg, Germany
Mountford Bark Collection Etchings, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, VIC
State of My Country, Hogarth Galleries Sydney, NSW
1998 Gli Aborigeni Australiani Una Storia Forty Thousand Ani. Castello Sforenco, Milandeao Sale Viscontee, Italy
The Old and the New, Gallery Gondwana, Alice Springs, NT
Parlini Jilamara Kapi Urruka Tarpurrlini Amintiya (Old Designs on Long Canvas and Paper) Mossenson Gallery Subiaco, WA
All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
ACAF6, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Spirit Country: Gantner – Myer Collection. California Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Fran-cisco, USA
Tiwi on Wood, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
A Thousand Journeys, touring exhibition
The Work of the Tiwi, Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT
Perspecta. New South Wales Art Gallery, Sydney
Talkback – Living Here Now, Art and Politics, Australian Perspecta 1999, Art
Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
1997 First Person Plural, Betty Rymer Gallery, Chicago, USA
Old Patterns, Framed Gallery Darwin, NT
Old Tiwi. Alcaston House Gallery Melbourne, VIC
Small Designs – Jewellery and Paintings, Savode Gallery Brisbane, QLD
Keeper of the Mimi Spirit, October Gallery, London
1996 Tiwi People from Melville Island. Anima Gallery, Adelaide, SA
Masterpieces from Milikapiti, Savode Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1995 Jilamara Kapi Yurruka Manimpurrua, (Designs on Long Canvas and Pukumani Poles).
Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1994-95Art of the Tiwi, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC; Touring exhibition Shepparton Art Gallery, Shepparton, VIC; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery,
Hobart, TAS; Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, VIC; Tandanya Gallery, Adelaide, SA
1993 The Body Tiwi: Aboriginal Art from Melville and Bathurst Islands, University Gallery, Univer-sity of Tasmania at Launceston, TAS
Time and Tide, Adelaide Festival Centre Foyer, Adelaide, (touring)
1992 Ngingingawula Jilamara Kapi Purunguparri (Our Designs on Bark), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
1991 Jilamara, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne, VIC

FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2019 Judge, NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Norther Territory, Darwin
2017 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2012 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2009 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2007 Togart Contemporary Art Award, Darwin
2007 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2005 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2004 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2004 29th Annual Shell Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
2000 Young Australian of the Year, Arts Category
1996 Australia Council Fellowship, International Year of Tolerance
1995 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

COLLECTIONS HELD

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra – Museum of Victoria, Melbourne – National Gallery of Victo-ria, Melbourne – Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney – Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth – Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane – National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney – Common-wealth Institute, London – Artbank, Sydney – Gantner Myer Collection – Gordon & Marilyn Darling Collection, Melbourne – Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, USA – The British Museum, England – Mur-doch University Collection, Perth – Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth – Wesfarmers Collec-tion, Perth – Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

NIRIN, catalogue publication, Biennale of Sydney, 2020
Pedro Wonaeamirri, “Pukumani: letting the world know”, Tony Tuckson, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, 2018
Pedro Wonaeamirri, “Japarra”, Between the Moon and the Stars exhibition catalogue, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, 2019
“Being Tiwi”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2015
“Healing Art”, Nicholas Rothwell, The Australian, 2013
“Art & Soul: ABC broadcast-Documentary” by Hetti Perkins and Hibiscus Films, Sydney 2010
“Primavera 2005: exhibition by young Australian artists”, Museum of Contemporary Art Limited, Sydney 2005
Schwerin, M. “Kayimwagakimi: The painting of Raelene Kerinauia and Pedro Wonaeamirri”, Art Monthly Australia, March 2005 #177
“Tradition Today: Indigenous Art in Australia”, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
“Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpanguwi”, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, 2004
“Place Made: Australian Print Workshop”, Roger Butler and Anne Virgo (eds), National Gallery of Aus-tralia, Canberra, 2004 Message Stick – ABC Website (http://www.abc.net.au/message/blackarts/visual/s1138434.htm) ‘Tiwi island artist, Pedro Wonaeamirri, a profile’, Nancia Guivarra, 23rd June 2004
“Colour out of the islands”, Felicity Allen, The Herald Sun, July 23, 2004
“Pedro Wonaeamirri: Celebrating Australian Tiwi culture through art”, The Circle Magazine, Malta, 2004
“Kiripuranji: Contemporary Art from the Tiwi Islands”, Tune in Magazine, Malta, 2004
Sunday Circle Magazine, Artist Interview, Malta, March 2004.
“Kiripuranji: Contemporary Art from the Tiwi Islands”, Jacki Dunn, exhibition catalogue, Artbank Syd-ney, 2002
“Global Village – Tiwi Pukumani Poles”, Broadcast 15th November 2002, SBS TV.
Watson, K. “Pumpuni Jilamara (Good Design)”, Look, Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, April 2002
Accessing Yiribana “We have a readymade product – Just add water”, Look, Art Gallery Society of New South Wales, July 2002
“Islands in the Sun- Prints by Indigenous Artists of Australia and the Australasian Region”, Roger But-ler & Brian Robinson (Eds) ANG/Thames and Hudson 2001
“Beyond the Pale” catalogue, Art Gallery of SA, Adelaide 2000
James, B. Festival’s “King Hit”, Sydney Morning Herald, 11th March 2000
Kean, J. “The Diversity of Practice- Political Theatre in Beyond the Pale”, Artlink, issue 20 #1 2000
“People in a Landscape” catalogue. Australian Print Workshop Melbourne
“Print Projects: Research, Record, Reclaim Indigenous Cultural Material”, Imprint, Anne Virgo, Vol. 35, Number 2, Winter 2000
“Australian Perspecta Living Here Now: Art & Politics”, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney 1999
Isaacs, J. “Spirit Country”, Hardie Grant Books, San Francisco 1999
“Art of the Tiwi from the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria”, NGV, Melbourne 1994
“The Body Tiwi Aboriginal Art from Melville and Bathurst Islands” exhibition catalogue. The Univer-sity Gallery, University of Tasmania at Launceston 1993
“Ngingingawula Jilamara kapi purunguparri (Our Paintings on Bark)” J. Bennett Gallery Monthly Mag-azine of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, September. 1992