Lillias Bujava (Kausara) | Artist Profile

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Lillias Bujava (Kausara) has quickly become one of the most accomplished artists amongst a new generation of Omie barkcloth painters. She utilises an array of traditional Sahuote clan designs, experimenting with repetitious and often highly complex compositions within the oriseege (pathways). Combined with her exacting application of coloured pigments, she creates hypnotic visual effects with a wholly unique vitality and dynamism. Her work was included in Wisdom of the mountain: Art of the Omie at the national Gallery of Victoria International. To mark the opening of the landmark exhibition Lillias, along with her husband the master Sahuote songman Raphael Bujava and her son Ian, she performed a traditional jo'erramo ohu'o javavamo (song and dance) to a delighted audience.


2018 Ömie Barkcloth Art - Papua New Guinea, Japingka Aboriginal Art, Perth
2017 Ömie Women Artists, Tunbridge Gallery Perth
2016 The Sacred Mountain, Illuminated: Ömie Barkcloth Art of Papua new Guinea, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2016 Ömie Artists of Papua New Guinea, Aboriginal Signature - Estrangin Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium
2016 Mionomehi Oriseegé (Ancestral Paths), Short Street Gallery, Broome
2015 Hijominöe Modéjadé (Guided by Ancestors): Ömie Artists 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2015 An Exploration of Bark (in association with Ömie Artists and Maningrida Arts & Culture), Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2015 Under the Volcano: Art of Ömie from Papua New Guinea, Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, Germany
2014 Ömie Artists: Contemporary Tapa Art from Papua New Guinea, ArtKelch, Freiburg, Germany
2014 Nohi jajwe boromu mai dahoru Huvaimo va’ene (Our Culture is Strong like Our Mountain, Huvaimo), Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, ID, USA
2014 To Dance in Beauty: Ömie Tapa from New Guinea, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne
2013 Volcanic Visions: Barkcloth Art of the Ömie, Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York, USA
2013 Suja’s Daughters, Andrew Baker Art Dealer, Brisbane
2013 Painted and Woven in Song: Ömie Barkcloths and Bilums, RAFT Artspace, Alice Springs
2013 Of Spirit and Splendour: Barkcloth Art of the Ömie, ReDot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore
2012 Nohi Dahoru’e - Nohi Nioge (Our Mountain - Our Art), The Depot Gallery, Sydney
2011 We hold out mother's teachings in our heart and hands, Short St Gallery, Broome
2010 The Art of Omie, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne
2009 Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Omie, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
2008 Omie Art of Mt Lamington, New Guinea Gallery, Sydney

Balai, Sana; Modjeska, Drusilla; and Ryan, Judith, Wisdom of the Mountain: Art of the Ömie, National Gallery of Victoria International, Melbourne 2009
Modjeska, Drusilla, Suja’s Daughters [exhibition catalogue], Andrew Baker Art Dealer, 2013

Museum Fünf Kontinente, Munich, Germany
Private Collections

natural pigments on nioge (women’s barkcloth skirts); and bilums (traditional woven string-bags)

Artworks of Lillias Bujava (Kausara)