Dymphna Kerinauia is from a large family of artists. She is the niece of the late highly acclaimed Tiwi artist Kitty Kantilla (c1928 – 2003). In Tiwi culture the daughter of a sibling is considered to be also one’s own daughter.
Dymphna started painting at Jilamara Art centre in 2000 and was greatly influenced by watching the old lady, who would sit in her special chair, in the same spot within the painting workshop every working day. “ I use to sit with the old lady. Old lady would paint stories a lot about food, hunting. I paint body paint design, jilamara.”
“When I was little I learn from old lady when she was staying at Paru (small community on Melville Island) she told me things, like she made pukumani pole for man and women. She made a dot then a line. She wanted me to learn too. Old lady used stick, but I now use brush.”
Skin: Takaringuwi (Scaly Mullet)
Country: Andranangoo (Goose Greek)
Dance: Tartuwali (Shark)
Kaye Brown is a senior Jilamara artist who began painting in 2012.
Prior to joining Jilamara, Kaye taught at the local primary school and worked at the library. Kaye is a proud grandmother to 15 grandchildren living across Australia. She is passionate about teaching culture to the next generation.
Her work has featured in major group exhibitions across the country since 2015. In 2018, Kaye was nominated for the 35th NATSIAA Telstra Awards and the inaugural King and Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Prize.
Kaye paints using the Kayimwagakimi, the traditional Tiwi painting ‘comb’ carved from ironwood. Her work features themes about being on country on the Tiwi Islands, the sun, the stars, the sky and bush tucker.
Skin: Miyartuwi (Pandanus)
Dance: Kapala (Sailing Boat)
Michelle is currently the President of Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association. She is also Jilamara’s part-time gallery assistant, mother to three daughters and board member of ANKA (the peak body for Art Centres in the top end).
Michelle moved from Pirlangimpi to Milikapiti in the 1980’s. She attended high school at St John’s in Darwin and Slade in Brisbane. She has worked in counselling support for Indigenous Health, Relationships Australia, the Red Cross and Menzies Health before joining Jilamara.
She started painting at Jilamara with her partner Nicholas Mario in 2012, whilst raising three young girls.
Michelle paints on canvas and paper and has made limited edition prints.
Her works are based on the stories of Japarra the moon man and Japalinga the stars, bush food and hunting. She is slowly developing her own Jilamara designs to share these stories in new ways. She likes to paint Tiwi bush medicine and winga (the sea) surrounding Milikapiti.
Nina Lydwina Puruntatameri
Skin: March Fly
Dance: Kirilima (Jungle Fowl)
Nina Puruntatameri was taught to paint by her father, Romuald Puruntatameri. As a 14 year old, she would come home from school and work with him, painting his spears. Nina Puruntatameri has worked at both Nguiu Adult Education and Munupi Arts & Crafts doing bark painting, screen printing, works on linen, etchings and linocuts. In 1993 Nina Puruntatameri won the Award for New Medium at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, providing recognition for her exceptional skills in etching.