Freda Warlpinni (1928-2003)
Rinoja (Pukumani body paint design), 2003
Natural ochre's on canvas
39 1/2 by 23 5/8in (100 by 60cm)
Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Winnelle, Northern Territory, Australia
Raft ArtSpace Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
American Private Collection
This painting is sold with a Jilamara Arts Certificate of Authenticity.
This Tiwi painting incorporates aspects of the Pukumani (funeral) ceremony when mourners decorate their bodies with designs using natural ochres so as to hide from the spirit of the deceased. This painting by Freda Warlapinni depicts a significant Tiwi body paint design as part of the Purumani ritual of song and dance.
Freda Warlapinni has received wide recognition in solo and group exhibitions and is represented in major Australian museums and collections.