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Raymond Bush

Ochre on canvas

75cm x 150cm


All jilamara (design) are originally drawn from the body painting which accompanied the pukumani (funeral) and kulama (initiation/yam) ceremonies. An individual design and aesthetic is highly valued by Tiwi artists and is representative of their personal interpretation of the traditional Tiwi design or jilamara.

Ref: JA 157-15




Jilamara Arts – Milikapiti, Tiwi Islands

Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association is an incorporated, non-profit, Tiwi owned and governed organisation based on Melville Island in the Northern Territory. The art centre is the creative and cultural hub of the Milikapiti community, which is situated in Snake Bay on the north coast of the island. The organisation is open to all members of the local Tiwi community, currently representing around 60 active artists and employing 9 regular arts workers. It provides both professional support and access to employment, education and training.

The centre houses the Kutuwulumi Gallery, named after the late Kitty Kantilla and offers a range of paintings, carvings and hand printed textiles for sale. This state of the art building was designed by internationally acclaimed Troppo Architects. It opened in 2012 along with the Murrunungumirri Carvers Shed named after the late Paddy Freddy Puruntatameri and the newly renovated location for the more historical Muluwurri Museum Collection. The women’s shed, named after acclaimed artist Nancy Henry Ripijingimpi plays host to a revived screen printing workshop and painting studios.

Jilamara artists are nationally and internationally renowned for their unique, traditional Tiwi style. They produce contemporary works based on ceremonial body painting designs, clan totems and Tiwi creation stories.

The Tiwi palette of red, yellow, white and black are made from natural ochre pigments collected on country around Melville Island.

Artwork by Jilamara artists are held in major collections around the world including National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of NSW, Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Commonwealth Institute (UK), Gantner Myer Collection (Aus), Wesfarmers Collection (Aus), Gordon & Marilyn Darling Collection (Aus), Levi-Kaplan Collection (USA), The British Museum (UK), Utrecht Aboriginal Art Museum (NL), Musée du quai Branly (Fr) and The Israel Museum (Il).

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Shipping Policy

Artwork price includes shipping within Australia. Please contact us for international orders. Please allow up to three weeks for your purchase to be packed and posted. Please clearly nominate a delivery address at the checkout. Every effort is made to ship artwork as quickly as possible, but specific delivery times cannot be guaranteed. Please keep in mind that you are purchasing something from a remote community. Minimum delivery time is usually one to two weeks after the item has been dispatched by Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association. In order to ship artwork from Milikapiti community - the work is first packaged by an arts worker, then placed on the barge carrier travelling by ocean to Darwin, before being picked up in Darwin by our carrier and delivered to you.

Refund Policy

Customers who are not satisfied with artwork purchased must notify the art centre within 7 days of receiving the artwork to receive a full refund. The customer is responsible for the cost of returning the artwork to the art centre. The artwork must be returned in its original condition with all of its accompanying documentation prior to a refund being made.

Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy

  • Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation takes no responsibility for the cancellation, return or exchange of any purchases made at the 2020 online Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. All cancellations, returns or exchange requests must be directed to the Art Centre where the purchase was made.
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