REDOT FINE ART GALLERY is excited to announce the first international solo shows for Delores Tipuamantumirri & Alison Puruntatameri, two of the most collectable and exciting artists of the renowned community art centre of Munupi Arts & Crafts Association.
With the hard work of Guy and Gina Allain, we have been diligently and regularly discussing, curating, culling and developing this important collection of works from these two artists since NATSIAA 2018, when we spotted the emerging talents of Alison and the bold advancements of Delores, whom is the daughter of acclaimed Tiwi artist Cornelia Tipuamantumirri.
3 ½ years later, after many twists and turns and the completely changing face of the world, with many many difficult periods, we have finally been able to bring this show to you to remind us all of the resilience of Indigenous culture and our joint commitment to never allow adversity block creative excellence.
Banapa, which literally means “nets” is homage to the people of Pirlangimpi on Melville Island. Delores with her own creative ingenuity interprets the traditional geometrical designs associated with the remarkable cosmology of the Tiwi People and Alison has developed a style of intertwined winding stripes, vertical and horizontal lines, or other delicate shapes of natural ochre dots, creating patterns, often of linear composition, that resonate with the traditional customary rituals and the associated sophisticated body paintings of the Tiwi people.
Culture remains strong, artists like Delores and Alison ensure this. I hope you enjoy this shimmering, optical extravaganza of works, each individually stunning and collectively symbiotic.