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BORN 1970
REGION Melville Island
COUNTRY Goose Creek
SKIN GROUP MIiyartini (Pandanus)
DANCE: Jilarti (Brolga)

Raymond Bush has been painting at Jilamara Arts and Craft Association since he was 16. He joined in the late 1980s when Jilamara was just evolving as an arts organisation.

He learnt painting from his Grandfather Pakapanali (Paddy Bush). He carries his Grandfa-ther’s knowledge to keep his Tiwi traditions and culture alive. Like all Tiwi people Ray-mond inherited his country from his father’s family. Andranangoo is a remote part of east-ern Melville Island, Milikapiti is the closest community to his region and Raymond has spent most of his life living here with his extended Bush family.

Raymond has developed his own distinct style of Jilamara (body paint design). He incor-porates Tiwi wildlife into his paintings such as jarrakalani (turtle), marntuwujini (dugong), tokwampuwi (birds) and mupiti (fish). Raymond has had periods of great success through-out his long art career, has shown in some significant groups exhibitions throughout the 1990s/2000s and is held in major Australian collections including the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), Museum of Victoria (Melbourne) and he National Maritime Museum (Sydney).


2020 Yalininga Ngaripantingija Ngirramini, Aboriginal Signature Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
2019 PUPUNI JILAMARA NGININGWULA, Doubletree by Hilton Darwin, NT
Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
turnuwa amintiya kirijipuni, Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA
2018 Tarnanthi Art Fair, Tandanya, Adelaide, SA
Yati Ratuwati Yatuwati (One Island, One Side), Munupi and Jilamara working together, Aboriginal Ssignature Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2015 Kuripapuranjuwi Ngini Ngawila Jilamara Kapi Ngawa Tiwi: Tiwi Show, Darwin, NT
2004 Milikapiti Turtiyanginari: Milikapiti Ochre, RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT
2003 Black and White.Colour, Moreland City Council Gallery in conjunction with Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
2001 Taykwapi Tiwi RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT
Jilamara- New Work Redback Art Gallery Brisbane, QLD
All About Art Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
1995 Jilamara Kapi Yurruka Manimpurrua, (Designs on Long Canvas and Pukumani Poles). Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
Jilamara Kapi Yurruka Manimpurrua, (Designs on Long Canvas and Pukumani Poles). Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, VIC
The Best Face Value for Autumn, Wollongong City Art Gallery, Wollongong, NSW
1994-95 Art of the Tiwi, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and touring Shepparton Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Tandanya Adelaide, SA
1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, MAGNT Darwin, NT
The Body Tiwi Aboriginal Art from Melville and Bathurst Islands, The University Gallery, University of Tasmania Launceston, TAS
Nginingawula Tiwi Jilamara, All our Tiwi designs, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
1992 Ngingingawula Jilamara Kapi Purunguparri (Our Designs on Bark), NGV, Melbourne, VIC


Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Maritime Museum, Sydney


Bennett, J., 1992, ‘Ngingingawala Jilamara kapi purunguparri (Our Bark Paintings),’ Gallery Monthly Magazine of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, September.