Raelene Kerinauia Liddy Lampuwatu | Artist Profile

Details of Raelene Kerinauia Liddy Lampuwatu


REGION: Melville Island, Northern Territory
DOMICILE: Milikapiti
AGENCY: Jilamara Arts & Crafts
DANCE: Yirrikapayi (Crocodile)
MEDIUMS: Ochres on paper, canvas, bark and printmaking.

Raelene was born on Bathurst Island and raised by her grandmother. Her older brother Vivian is also a painter. Raelene began designing screens for fabric printing in 1985 as a part of the adult education programme in Milikapiti and then started to paint when the new arts centre (Jilamara Arts and Crafts Centre) was established in 1989. Initially she used brushes with ochres but since 1999 has used the traditional painting techniques of using comb - kayimwagakini. Combs were used for ceremonial body painting application and are typically made from bloodwood or ironwood.

Raelene was inspired to use the traditional technique of kayimwagakini after watching young and emerging artist PedrovWonaeamirri, and viewing older pole carvings in the National Museum (Canberra) by the late Tiwi carver Sugarbag Kapiti. The making of the comb is a skill into itself, and Raelene's late husband James Tipiloura, a carver with Jilamara Arts, carved the combs for Raelene's work.

"I paint with the kayimwagakini or comb, sometimes it is called pwoja, which also means bone. The painting comb is made from ironwood, part of the tree, and is used to paint on the body, on pukumani poles and on bark. My partner made me my comb, he was an artist, a great carver and I used to paint his carvings and tutini (pukumani poles). He passed away not long ago. I use ochres from the Tiwi Islands for my painting and I mainly just use my comb. Only sometimes do I use brush. This is how I feel like painting. I started the comb in the nineties. Well, I'd decided to paint with the colmb. I use one colour at a time."

The compositions Raelene creates are personal creative expressions, without literal meanings, but they do relate to body painting and designs for pukumani poles. It is not an inherited design. It's imagination but it's not new.

Raelene's compositions are thought out while the canvas is blank, she looks and thinks of her design and by the time she has painted the base colour she already knows where her other colours will be placed to create the final effect. "Paint the background and then think about it. Each comb is different. I paint the red comb line first, then red (angle), leave it, gap, red, red, red."


2004 Jilamara Wutiriyi Kayimwagakimi, RAFT Artspace, Darwin
2005 Bandigan Art Gallery, Sydney (February)
2005 Parlini jilamara (old design), RAFT Artspace, Darwin, NT


1991 Yinkiti Amintiya Yoi (Food and Ceremony) An Exhibition of Tiwi Dye-Printed Silks and Traditional Ochre Paintings, Crafts Council Gallery, Darwin.
1991 Jilamara Milikapiti - Melville Island, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
1994/5 Art of the Tiwi, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Touring exhibition Shepparton Art Gallery, Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Tandanya Adelaide.
1995 Jilamara Kapi Yurruka Manimpurrua, (Designs on Long Canvas and Pukumani Poles) Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1995 NATSIAA, MAGNT Darwin
1996 Tiwi People from Melville Island. Anima Gallery Adelaide.
1998 The Old and the New Gallery Gondwana Alice Springs NT
1998 Group exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne Victoria
1999 All About Art Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1999 Tiwi on Wood Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
1999 The Art of the Tiwi Framed Gallery Darwin
2000 From Mythology to the Present, Wuerzburg, Germany
2001 Jilamara, Jilamara Framed Gallery Darwin
2001 Island Images Australian Print Workshop Melbourne
2001 Ochre Short Street Gallery Broome
2001 New Work from Jilamara Redback Gallery Brisbane
2002 Pwoja Jilamara Raft Artspace Darwin
2002 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2002/3 People in a Landscape, Australian Print Workshop touring exhibition
2003 Waterhole, RAFT Artspace at GRANTPIRRIE Gallery, Sydney
2003 ART MIAMI 2003, with Alcaston Gallery, Florida, USA
2003 ARCO 2003, with Alcaston Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2003 Exhibition aboard the luxury liner The World, Melbourne to Tokyo
2003 Kuturkuni Amintiya Tapulunni, RAFT Artspace, Darwin
2003 Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane August 2003
2003 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery at The Depot Gallery, Sydney
2004 POSCO Art Centre, Seoul, Korea sponsored by the Australian Trade Commission and Australian Embassy, Seoul in association with Gallery Samtuh, Seoul
2004 Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpanguwi, Museum fur Volkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany in association with Jilamara Arts and Crafts
2004 Milikapiti Turtiyanginari: Milikapiti Ochre, RAFT Artspace, Darwin
2005 Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpanguwi, Galerie Dad, Mantes-La-Jolie, France
2005 Yirrarra Kulama amintiya Pukumani, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery
2006 Awirankini Jilamara, Suzanne O'Connell Gallery, Brisbane
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 All the Tiwi Mob, Short St Gallery, Broome
2006 Jilamara Tiwi, Soma Galleries, Adelaide
2006 Jilamara works on paper, Sofitel, Melbourne
2006 Ngawila jilamara: Our Design, Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Sydney
2006 Ratuwati amintiya Ratuwati: Island to Island, Art Mob, Hobart
2007 Earth on Paper 1, Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2008 Important Aboriginal Art, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney
2008 30 x 80, Seva Frangos Art, Perth
2008 Yimwarlini, RAFt Artspace, Darwin
2009 Earth on Paper 2, Seva Frangos Gallery, Perth
2009 parruwarti Angawilla Jilamara - Earth Our Colour, Chapman Gallery, Canberra
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
2011 Yingarti Jilamara, Marianne Newman Gallery, Sydney
2011 Nginimuwila kurrujipini - Our Colour, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2011 Awirankini Jilamara, Short St Gallery, Broome


National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery. Launceston Tasmania.
Kerry Stokes Collection, Perth
National Museum of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Sammlung Essl Collection, Austria
Commonwealth Games Commission, Melbourne
Charles Darwin University, Darwin
Museum of Confluences, Lyon, France
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
Wesfarmers Collection


1995 Finalist, painting category, 13th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2006 Xstrata Coal Emerging Indigenous Art Award, Queensland Art Gallery
2007 Finalist, painting category, 24th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
2011 Winner, Bark Painting Award, 28th NATSIAA, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin


2007 Toga Group, designs for soft furnishings for hotels, Darwin City
2008 Toga Group, designs for soft furnishings for hotels, Berlin and Frankfurt
2011 Darwin Festival - design for backdrop for theatre production


Living Tiwi: Tiwi Awuta Yimpanguwi, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, 2004
Schwerin, M. Kayimwagakimi: The painting of Raelene Kerinauia and Pedro Wonaeamirri, Art Monthly Australia, March 2005 #177
Kayimwagakimi jilamara, catalogue, Bandigan Art, Sydney, 2005
Printmaking in the tropics, Cas Bennetto Origins 2006, Edition #1
Xstrata Coal Emerging Art Award 2006, catalogue. Queensland Art Gallery
Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Nginimuwila Jilamara - Our Design, catalogue, 2010
28th NATSIAA Awards catalogue, 2011

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