Tiwi Art

Art at Linden Gate has a long history of exhibiting Indigenous (Tiwi) Art, which has been sourced directly from the art communities on the Tiwi Islands.   Melville and Bathurst Islands are the Tiwi Islands, just out from Darwin in the Northern Territory.

Tiwi art is quite different from mainland indigenous art in that the Tiwi people use the designs from their ceremonial body art (Jilamara).   Their designs use strong cross-hatching, or can be more free flowing using dots and short lines and they are one of the few indigenous groups still using ochre (natural earth pigments) in their art.

In 2000 Art at Linden Gate's then director Ernst Fries was responsible for arranging a Tiwi art exhibition in Germany, From Mythology to the Present.    Two prominent Tiwi artists, Janice Murray and Pedro Wonaeamerri, travelled to Europe with Ernst and were integral to the very successful exhibition.

This latest exhibition, Tiwi Ochre, includes works from well known Tiwi artists Kitty Kantilla, Aileen Henry, Freda Warlipini, Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri and renown printmaker Pedro Wonaeamerri.    Art works include paintings on canvas, bark, paper and ironwood carvings with ochre along with edition prints, some of which were selected during Reggie's recent trip to the Tiwi Islands.    All works include authentication.

Tiwi Ochre runs from 10 July to 31 August 2015

Opening Saturday 11 July 2-4 pm - Wine kindly provided by Yarrawood Estate   RSVP by 6 July to artatlindengate@gmail.com