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Patrick (Andrew) Freddy Puruntatameri

Patrick (Andrew) Freddy Puruntatameri

Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri began painting at 17 at the co-operative Jilamara Arts and Crafts Aboriginal Association at Milikapiti, Melville Island, Northern Territory, which has national and international success and acclaim for their paintings and sculpture. This success is by no means unheralded, rather borne out of a continuing tradition of artists and families, pushing their artistic boundaries whilst remaining steeped in Tiwi culture. 


Puruntatameri has said he always wanted to be an artist and that his late father Paddy Freddy Puruntatameri, a highly respected and renowned carver, taught him to carve.  Paddy taught young Puruntatameri “to do this and to do that”. He drew for him, taught him how to use the chisel and mallet properly as well as showing him what the right wood was to get for carving and to make spears. Paddy also showed him the right colours to use for painting, how to make the colour red and where to get the required materials.


In 2006, Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri was artist in residence at the Melbourne Museum for the ‘Carve’ exhibition featured in the Commonwealth Games program and one of the artists in the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award at Werribee Park that same year.


Puruntatameri’s artworks have been collection by major institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Museum of Victoria, Melbourne and the National Maritime Museum, Sydney


Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri joined the stable of artists at Alcaston Gallery in 1995.


© Jilamara Arts & Craft & Alcaston Gallery, 2014


Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2010  Pirikiringirri - New sculptures and Pukumani poles on wood & bronze, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.  


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2000  This Earth for Us, Commonwealth Institute, London, United Kingdom

2000  From Mythology to the Present, Wuerzburg, Germany

2004  National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2004  Milikapiti Turtiyanginari: Milikapiti Ochre, RAFT Artspace, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

2005  Découvrir, rêver, investor…l’Art aborigène d’Australie, Australian Embassy, Paris, France

2006  Carve, Melbourne Museum, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2006  The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, Werribee Park, Victoria, Australia

2007  Den Haag Sculptuur, The Hague, The Netherlands

2007  Ngarramukuriyi Jilamara Kartukuni (painting designs on ironwood), Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

2014  Pedro Wonaeamirri & Patrick Freddy Puruntatamerri, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Selected Bibliography:

1992  Bennett, J. 'Ngingingawala Jilamara kapi purunguparri (Our Bark Paintings),' Gallery Monthly Magazine of the National Gallery Society of Victoria, September 1992

1994  Art of the Tiwi from the Collection of the National Gallery of Victoria, catalogue, NGV Melbourne 


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