Pauletta Kerinaiua | Artist Profile

Details of Pauletta Kerinaiua


Pauletta was born in Darwin in 1982 and spent the first few years of her life at Paru, a very small remote village on Melville Island. Pauletta’s skin group is Rain and her dreaming dance the shark. She attended school at Ngui Public School then Nugui Catholic High School where she completed her HSC. After training in Business studies and working at the CDEP office in Nuguion Bathurst Island she decided to follow her dream of being an artist, which has been passed down to her from her mother and grandfather.
In 1999 Pauletta moved to Milikapiti, in the north of Melville Island where she started working at Jilamara. Her artistic career was interrupted by the birth of her 3 children but as her children have become more independent, Pauletta has returned to her painting. Pauletta likes to paint kulama designs which represent the initiation ceremony, the time of the year of the cheeky yam. Her kulama designs reflect a special spiritual quality.

2006 Awirankini Jilamara, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane
2006 Nginingajingawula kurrupuranji Jilamara, RAFT Artspace, Darwin
2006 Jilamara Tiwi, Soma Galleries, Adelaide
2009 Young artists from Jilamara Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2009 Mukumuwu, To Be Together, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2009 Jilamara Kangi, Colour on Paper, Tunbridge Gallery, Margaret River, WA
2010 Kumunupunari, Season of Smoke Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2010 Tiwi Shima, Northern Editions Gallery CDU, Darwin
2010 Nginimuwila Jilamara–OurDesign, Grafton Regional Gallery
2011 nginimuwilakurrujipini Our colour, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2011 Finalist in the John Fries Memorial Prize Viscopy, Sydney
2012 Ngingingawula Jilamarakapipurnguparri , our designs on bark, Outstation Gallery, Darwin
2012 Parliniamintiya Awirankini Old and New, Tiwi Art Network, Darwin
2015 Kuripapuranjuwi Ngini Ngawila Jilamara Kapi Ngawa Tiwi: Tiwi Show, Darwin
2016 Ngawila Jilamara. Hilton Double Tree, Darwin
2017 Yirringinkiri Pwoja, Hilton Double Tree, Darwin
2017 Ngini Parlingarri Amintiya Ningani, Nomad Art Gallery, Darwin
2017 Mamirnikiwi Jilamara, Short Street Gallery, Broome

2015 Lethbridge 10000 Small Scale Art Award,Online Finalist,NSW

Charles Darwin University

Nginimuwila Jilamara– Jilamara Arts & Grafton regional Gallery exhibition catalogue

Artworks of Pauletta Kerinaiua