Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (1940-2013) Untitled, 2002 Tiwi Design

Medium: Ochre on arches paper Size: 76 x 56 cm ID: #70-02
Price: $2950

    About Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (1940-2013)

    Jean Baptiste is internationally acclaimed as a carver, painter and printmaker. She was born in Pirlingimpi (Garden Point), on Melville Island into the Tapatapunga (March Fly) skin group. When she was young her family moved to Wurrumiyanga, where she lived in a dormitory at the convent and was educated and cared for by the nuns from the Catholic mission. She was married to her husband Declan Apuatimi at age 14, and they had 11 children – many of her children and nieces and nephews continue to work at Tiwi Design. Jean recreated and interpreted body-painting designs used in Tiwi Ceremony through her art. Painting was a way for her to remember her late husband and mentor, who taught her to carve and paint, and passed on his personal jilamara (design): “I love my painting, I love doing it. My husband, Declan Apuatimi taught me to paint. The designs are ones he taught me. He said ‘One day you will be an artist, you will take my place.’” Jean Baptiste has 20 works included in the National Gallery of Australia's collection, 18 works in the National Gallery of Victoria's collection, as well as paintings in many other public and private collections. Bio provided by Tiwi Design