Kutuwalumi  Purawarrumpatu (Kitty Kantilla) (circa 1928-2003) Pumpuni Jilamara, 2002
Lot 194
Kutuwalumi Purawarrumpatu (Kitty Kantilla) (circa 1928-2003) Pumpuni Jilamara, 2002
AU$ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 14,000 - 19,000
Lot Details
Kutuwalumi Purawarrumpatu (Kitty Kantilla) (circa 1928-2003)
Pumpuni Jilamara, 2002
bears artist's name and catalogue number 71-02 on Jilamara Arts and Craft stamp on the reverse
natural earth pigments on linen
91 x 62 cm (35 13/16 x 24 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Melville Island, Tiwi Islands
    Purchased from Raft Artspace, Darwin, Northern Territory in March 2002
    The Laverty Collection, Sydney

    EXHIBITED:
    Pwoja Jilamara - new works from Jilamara Arts & Crafts, Raft Artspace, Darwin, March 2002, cat. no. 15

    This painting is sold with accompanying Jilamara Arts and Crafts documentation.

    KITTY KANTILLA
    The 'Queen of Jilamara', as she came to be known,
    is one of the outstanding Tiwi artists of the modern
    period (F. Green in Ryan, J., et al. Kitty Kantilla,
    Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 2007, pp.94-
    5). Kitty Kantilla lead a traditional life on Melville
    Island, although for a period in her early days she
    spent time at the Catholic mission on Bathurst Island
    where she was baptised 'Mary Campion.' In the 1970s
    and 1980s she had moved to live at Paru on Melville
    Island, along with a group of elder Tiwi women, to
    distance themselves from European influences. Here she
    produced painted ironwood sculptures using traditional
    techniques, and eventually she moved to Milikapiti
    (Snake Bay) to be closer to her family, where she worked
    through the local art centre, Jilamara Arts. As she
    grew older and less able to cope with the exertions of
    sculpture, she turned to painting on canvas and paper
    where she could explore at length the body painting
    designs which she had applied to her figure sculptures.

    Kitty Kantilla's painting career is marked by a
    number of milestones. Her work has been included
    in several major exhibitions in Australia and abroad
    including: Power of the Land, Masterpieces of Aboriginal
    Art
    , National Gallery of Victoria in 1994; Beyond the
    Pale, Adelaide Biennale, Art Gallery of South Australia
    in 2000; The Dark and the Light at the Sammlung Essl,
    Klosterneuburg, Austria in 2001; in 2002 she won the
    Work on Paper section of the Telstra National Aboriginal
    and Torres Strait Islander Art Award
    ; the Clemenger
    Contemporary Art Award in 2003; and EXPLAINED,
    A closer look at Aboriginal art
    at the AAMU Aboriginal
    Art Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands in 2004. The
    culmination of Kantilla's career came posthumously
    when the National Gallery of Victoria mounted a
    major retrospective exhibition of her work in 2007.

    Wally Caruana
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