10. Kulama Design
“My Dad gave me the gift to tell the story. He taught me how to paint and carry on with the painting to tell the story...
Yeah I’ve been painting for a long time…since I was a little girl growing up, watching my Dad make all the totem poles and the spears, and then painting them. That’s how I started, doing my painting with my Dad." ~ Lidwina (Nina) Tepomitari
- Ochre on Linen, stretched
- 100cm x 100cm
- Cat 22-205
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 Art is wholly indigenous owned and governed. Generated income supports the artist's families and therefore the whole Tiwi community.
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