Conrad Tipungwuti | Artist Profile

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BORN: 24/9/1962
STATE: NT
DOMICILE: Milikapiti
DANCE: Tarranigi (buffalo)

Conrad Tipunwuti has been painting and creating prints at Jilamara since the late 1990's. His work is full of expression that holds a freshness and energy unlike many of the Tiwi artists. The over-riding theme of his work depicts the late wet season 'Kulama' initiation ceremonies, celebrated when the sacred yams are ripe. He singles out a particualr figure, Tapara, the moon man, who became a moon man after the pukamani ceremony was performed. The large concentric circles and small dots are like the night sky. Conrad has works in major collections and was recently collected by the DuMusee des Confluences in Paris, France. His art has always been displayed with Jilamara group exhibitions but recently his profile has blossomed and Conrad Tipungwuti is an artist who is rising to become one of the great Tiwi artists of today.

COLLECTIONS HELD:
Du Musee des Confluences, Paris, France
Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Murdoch University, Perth
Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth
Wesfarmers Collection, Perth
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Artbank Australia
Queensland University Art Museum
Stokes Collection, Victoria
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth WA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2012 Conrad Tipungwuti - Chasing Dots – Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2013 Aboriginal and Pacific art, Sydney, NSW

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
1997 Old Patterns Framed Gallery Darwin NT
1997 Old Tiwi. Alcaston House Gallery Melbourne
1997 Kartukuni Amintiya Jurra (Ironwood and Paper) Hogarth Gallery, Paddington NSW
1998 The Old and the New, Gallery Gondwana Alice Springs NT
1998 Ngawa Mantawi Mossenson Gallery Subiaco WA
1998 Group exhibition Alcaston House, Melbourne Victoria
1998 Jilamara Mossenson Gallery, Subiaco WA
1999 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Canberra
1999 Tiwi on Wood, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1999 New Paintings from Milikapiti, Redback Gallery, Brisbane
1999 Art of the Tiwi Framed Gallery Darwin
2000 Ngawiyati Mgapamurrumi - We Work Together Textiles show at Craft Victoria, Melbourne
2001 Jilamara Jilamara Framed Gallery Darwin
2001 Island Images Australian Print Workshop Melbourne
2001 26th Annual Shell Fremantle Print Award Fremantle Art Centre
2002 Pwoja Jilamara Raft Artspace Darwin
2003 Let Keep Our Art Strong: Recent works from the Jilamara Artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin
2005 Yirrarra - Kulama amintiya Pukumani, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Nginingaji ngawula kurrupuranji Jilamara, RAFT Artspace, Darwin
2006 Yirrajirrima murrakupuni ngawurraningimarri, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2006 Jilamara: New etchings from Melville Island, Northern Editions, Darwin
2006 Jilamara: New etchings from Melville Island, Northern Editions, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Jilamara works on paper, Sofitel, Melbourne
2007 Red, Yellow, Balck, White, Raft Artspace, Darwin
2007 Earth on Paper 1, Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2008 Yimwarlini, Raft Art Space, Darwin
2009 Earth on Paper 2, Seva Frangos Gallery, Perth
2009 Mukumuwu, To Be Together, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2009 Wulikija Jilamara, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2009 Jilamara Kangi, Colour on Paper, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River
2010 Kumunupunari - Season of the Smoke, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2010 Tiwi Shima, Northern Editions, Charles Darwin University, Darwin
2010 Nginimuwila Jilamara - Our Design, Grafton Regional Gallery
2010 No Words Needed, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2011 Nginimuwila kulana - Our Kulama, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2011 Nginimuwila kurrujipini - Our Colour, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2011 Awirankini Jilamara, Short St Gallery, Broome
2011-13 Nortehrn Impressions- Celebration of contemporary Printmaking Travelling 11 venues NT, Qld, SA, NSW and Vic.
2012 Parlini amintiya Awirankini – Old and New, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2012 Earth on Paper III – Seva Frangos Art, Perth WA
2013 “We are Tiwi” Harvey Art Projects, Ketchum, Idaho, USA
2013 New3: Selected recent acquisitions by the University of Queensland Art Museum 2011-13Brisbane
2013 Nga-wuja arungwapi – We are going forward, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2015 Kuripapuranjuwi Ngini Ngawila Jilamara Kapi Ngawa Tiwi: Tiwi Show, Darwin


AWARDS:
2001 26th Annual Shell Fremantle Print Award Fremantle Art Centre
2010 Finalist in the TOGART Art Award, Darwin NT
2011 Finalist in the TOGART Art Award, Darwin NT
2013 Finalist WA Indigenous Art Awards, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth
2013 Finalist in TOGART Award, Darwin, NT


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:
Bennett, J. 'Ngingingawala Jilamara kapi purunguparri (Our Bark Paintings),' Gallery Monthly Magazine of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, September 1992
Bennett, J 'Narrative and decoration in Tiwi painting: Tiwi representations of the Purukuparli Story,' Art Bulletin of Victoria 33, 39-47. 1993
The Body Tiwi Aboriginal Art from Melville and Bathurst Islands, exhib. cat., The University Gallery, University of Tasmania at Launceston 1993
Art of the Tiwi from the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, catalogue, NGV Melbourne 1994
Cotes, M. Aborigenes - Collections australiennes contemporaines du musee des Confluences 2008, page 104
Nicholas Rothwell, The Australian, Bright Eyes See It All, 2010
Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Nginimuwila Jilamara - Our Design, catalogue 2010
Jilamara Arts and Crafts with Outstation Gallery, Nginimuwila Kulama - Our Kulama, catalogue 2011
2013 Catalogue Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2013


Artworks of Conrad Tipungwuti