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Pedro Wonaeamirri

Pedro Wonaeamirri

Pedro Wonaeamirri’s artwork is steeped in Tiwi tradition. He has known no other way of communicating and thus his paintings, based on pwoja - body painting and his carved Pukumani Poles are his link to the tradition and to the future of the Tiwi people. 

Tiwi art is derived from ceremonial body painting and the ornate decoration applied to Pukumani funerary poles, Yimawilini bark baskets, and associated ritual objects made for the Pukumani ceremony. Traditionally the deceased Tiwi people are buried on the day they pass away, but the Pukumani ceremonies are performed six months to several years after the death. 

Pedro Wonaeamirri is an active artist and long established member of Jilamara Arts and Crafts Aboriginal Association at Milikapiti, Melville Island, Northern Territory. His story suggests that he is a man many years older than his life experiences would imply. He is considered an ambassador for his Tiwi people. He has represented his people extensively at group exhibitions in most States of Australia and internationally including; 1994 Art of the Tiwi, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; 1998 Gli Aborigeni Australiani Una Storia Forty Thousand Ani. Castello Sforenco, Milandeao Sale Visconti, Italy; 1998 Gantner – Myer Collection, California Palace of the Legion of Honour, San Fransisco USA; 2000 Beyond the Pale, 2000 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; 2000 This Earth for Us, Commonwealth Institute, London; 2000 From Mythology to the Present, Wuerzburg, Germany; 2001 Islands in the Sun, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia; ARCO 2003, Madrid, Spain, represented by Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.

In 2017 Wonaeamirri's work is featured in 'Defying Empire', the 3rd National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia.

Pedro Wonaeamirri joined the stable of artists at Alcaston Gallery in 1991. In 2000, Pedro Wonaeamirri was named Young Australian of the Year in the Arts section. His artwork has been collected by major institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and the Commonwealth Institute, London.

© Jilamara Arts & Crafts and Alcaston Gallery, 2020

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2008 Kartukuni amintiya Jilamara - Ironwood and painting, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2009 All About Art: The Island Story – a moment in the sun, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2011 Ninganuwanga Jilamara – Forever Painting, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2014 Pedro Wonaeamirri & Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri - Nini Parlanari: Amintiya Ningani - Old Ways: New Perspectives, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2007 Den Haag Sculptuur 2007: De Overkant / Down Under (Contemporary Sculpture from Australia and the Netherlands), The Hague, the Netherlands

2010 Art + Soul: A Journey into the World of Aboriginal Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2014 We are Tiwi, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

2015 Elemental, McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, Langwarrin, VIC

2015 All About Art: Brisbane, Alcaston Gallery @ White Canvas Gallery, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

2015/16 Being Tiwi, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

2017 National Indigenous Art Triennial, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT, Australia

 

Selected Achievements

1996 Australia Council Fellowship, International Year of Tolerance

2000 Young Australian of the Year, Arts Section, Northern Territory

2009  Finalist, 26th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin

2012 Finalist, 29th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the   Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2017     Finalist, 34th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

 

Collections:

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Artbank, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Arthur Roe Collection, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

National Maritime Museum, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Commonwealth Institute, London, United Kingdom

Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia Capital Territory

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Gordon & Marilyn Darling Collection, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Levi-Kaplan Collection, Seattle, United States of America

The Gantner Myer Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

The British Museum, London, England

Murdoch University Collection, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Edith Cowan University Art Collection, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Westfarmers Collection, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

For an extended CV, please contact Alcaston Gallery at art@alcastongallery.com.au

 

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