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(Yellow, white and red ochre)

collected circa 1999


Pedro Wonaeamirri


22 Jul 1974 –

Language group: Tiwi, North region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milikapiti (Snake Bay) Melville Island Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Milikapiti Community Melville Island
    collected circa 1999
    Media category
    Materials used
    natural organic pigments
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Pedro Wonaeamirri 2002
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Pedro Wonaeamirri, courtesy Jilamara Arts. Licensed by Copyright Agency
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    Pedro Wonaeamirri

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  • About

    These pigments are a gift from artist Pedro Wonaeamirri. Pedro opened the Tiwi exhibition Pumpuni Jilamara, was a guest lecturer and took part in several children's workshops during NAIDOC Week 2002. He brought the pigments from Melville Island specifically for the workshops and decided to gift it to the Art Gallery's collection as a counterpoint to the brushes, ochres and comb collected by Dr Stuart Scougall in the late 1950s.

    In a similar manner to the Scougall gift, Wonaeamirri's pigments were used in the creation of the set of tutini (grave posts) acquired by the AGNSW in 1999.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2002

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