Debut solo exhibition for Tiwi Islander Natalie Puantulura in Hobart.

Last week in Hobart we caught the opening night of Natalie Puantulura’s first solo show entitled Puwangari (‘Lots of Dots’) at Art Mob – Aboriginal Fine Art .

Natalie was taught to paint by her grandfather, Declan Apuatimi (Senior) the late husband of renowned Tiwi artist Jean Baptiste. As Jean’s grandaughter, Natalie was also taught about Tiwi culture and painting by her grandmother.
Natalie painted with Tiwi Design art centre up until 2004, after which she and her partner, Edward Malati Yunupingu, moved to Pirlangimpi and began working with Munupi Arts and Crafts.

Natalie’s paintings tell the ‘Pwoja Story’:

“During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person’s Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection.

Natalie Puantulura 'Jilamara 2010' Ochre on linen 1200 x 800mm.


The word ‘Jilamara’ is the Tiwi term for the natural ochre design applied to the body face of participants during important ceremonies.

[Image courtesy Art Mob and the artist].

Artist Kathy Mackey’s ‘Equine Collection’ features in ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.

Now showing at Retrospect Galleries Broadbeach (Queensland) until 25 January 2012 is ‘The Magic of Racing’ exhibition.


Kathy Mackey 'Equine Collection 2' 48 x 55cm Media: Digital photograph on photo rag paper.

Queensland artist Kathy Mackey is exhibiting her photograph ‘Equine Collection 2‘.

The artist says:

“The sport of horse racing has had a long tradition of celebration by nobility. A gentleman was noted for his possessions that included racehorse and personalised dinner ware that marked wealth and status in the community. Racing carnivals historically and in the present also represent the opportunity for people to gather in social groups and celebrate , not only the sport itself ,but the social expectations real or imagined that accompany it.”

For more information and other artists exhibiting in this show see Retrospect Galleries Queensland.