• 12. Jurrukukuni (Owl Eyes)
  • 12. Jurrukukuni (Owl Eyes)
  • 12. Jurrukukuni (Owl Eyes)
  • 12. Jurrukukuni (Owl Eyes)

Lidwina (Nina) Tepomitari

12. Jurrukukuni (Owl Eyes)

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“My Dreaming is Owl. My Country is in the middle of Melville Island. I got the Dreaming of Owl through my Dad and my Grandfather.This painting represent all the Owl Eyes, that long painting. When a family member, Tiwi people, pass away, we paint up the Owl design on our eyes… a big round circle on our eye and we do the dance of the owl.” ~ Lidwina (Nina) Tepomitari 


  • Ochre on Canvas, stretched
  • 210cm x 40cm
  • Cat 22-246

Lidwina (Nina) Tepomitari Puruntatameri (b. 1971) was taught to paint by her father, Romuald Puruntatameri. As a 14 year old, she would come home from school and work with him, painting his spears.  Lidwina Puruntatameri has worked at both Nguiu Adult Education and Munupi Arts & Crafts doing bark painting, screen printing, works on linen, etchings and linocuts. 

In 1993 Lidwina Puruntatameri won the Award for New Medium at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in Darwin, providing recognition for her exceptional skills in etching.  In recent years Lidwina has worked mainly on canvas using ochres and her works sought after. Lidwina’s  father, Romuald Puruntatameri, is represented in the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory Collection and her grandfather, Paddy Teeampi Tepomitari Puruntatameri, and her aunt, Rosina Puantulura, both carvers, are represented in the Melbourne Museum Collection.

Lidwina’s work is represented in many Australian and International private and public collections. Her mother's Country is Port Keats, NT and her father's Country is Pukulimpi, Melville Island. Her Skin Group is March Fly and her Dreaming is Kirlima (Jungle Fowl). 

Munupi Arts & Crafts Association is located along Melville Island's north-western coastline at Pirlangimpi (Garden Point) and is the most recently formed art centre on the Tiwi Islands. In 1990 the Yikikini Women’s Centre and Pirlangimpi Pottery were incorporated under the name Munupi Arts and Crafts Association giving local artists an opportunity to proudly celebrate Tiwi culture through both traditional and contemporary mediums.
For 25 years Munupi Arts has been a vital meeting place for the Tiwi people of the Pirlangimpi community for employment, cultural pride and well being.
Munupi Art is wholly indigenous owned and governed. 
Generated income supports the artist's families and therefore the whole Tiwi community. 

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