Omie Artists

Omie Artists


Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by LILA WARRIMOU (MISASO) of Omie Artists. The title is Design of the moon, pig hoof-prints in the garden, fruit of the Sihe tree, beaks of the Papuan Hornbill and spots of the wood-boring grub. [15-105] (Natural Pigments on Nioge (Woman’s Barkcloth Skirt))

LILA WARRIMOU (MISASO)

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Design of the moon, pig hoof-prints in the garden, frui…

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by REX WARRIMOU (SABIO) of Omie Artists. The title is Our Creation (Ömie Creation). [17-018] (Natural Pigments on Nioge (Barkcloth))

REX WARRIMOU (SABIO)

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Our Creation (Ömie Creation)

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by SARAH UGIBARI of Omie Artists. The title is Sihoti’e taliobamë’e - Design of the Mud Appliquéd on White Barkcloth. [OM10-063] (Mud, Nioge (Barkcloth))

SARAH UGIBARI

3 count of available artists artworks

Sihoti’e taliobamë’e - Design of the Mud Appliquéd on W…

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BRENDA KESI (ARIRÉ) of Omie Artists. The title is Taliobamë’e – Ancestral Design of the Mud. [15-050] (Natural Pigments on Nioge (Barkcloth))

BRENDA KESI (ARIRÉ)

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Taliobamë’e – Ancestral Design of the Mud

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by DAPENI JONEVARI (MOKOKARI) of Omie Artists. The title is Mahudan’e ohu’o dahoru’e – Pig tusks (customary Ömie wealth) and Ömie mountains. [16-016] (Natural Pigments on Nioge (Barkcloth))

DAPENI JONEVARI (MOKOKARI)

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Mahudan’e ohu’o dahoru’e – Pig tusks (customary Ömie we…

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by FATE SAVARI (ISAWDI) of Omie Artists. The title is The initiation ceremony of Ureekureh (Tabarigua) at Borrohöjeh, c.1937 (ohu’o gori hane, Ije bi’weje, jubuje, givai, bison’e, dubié, booroohidahe, gojav’e, sibirihané, mahudan’e, margé, deje, mahe ohu’o nyoni han’e) - The initiation ceremony of Ureekureh (Tabarigua) at Borrohöjeh, c.1937 (with Dahorurajé clan design of the fern leaf, boys chopping tree branches, fast-moving nocturnal marsupial (artists’ “signatureâ€), betelnut, men’s barkcloth loincloth, septum nose-bone jewellery, nose ring, eagle feathers, red parrot feathers, flowers for headdress, pig tusk necklace, taro, yam, pig for the feast, and fern leaves). [10-040] (Natural Pigments on Barkcloth)

FATE SAVARI (ISAWDI)

4 count of available artists artworks

The initiation ceremony of Ureekureh (Tabarigua) at Bor…

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by BLANCELY KORE of Omie Artists. The title is Uhone Esoe - Traditional String-Bag. [32BK_0712] (Uhone Tree-Bark Fibre and Natural Pigments)

BLANCELY KORE

2 count of available artists artworks

Uhone Esoe - Traditional String-Bag

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by PAULINE LASITA of Omie Artists. The title is Uhone Esoe - Traditional String-Bag. [33PL_0712] (Uhone Tree-Bark Fibre and Natural Pigments)

PAULINE LASITA

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Uhone Esoe - Traditional String-Bag

Australian Indigenous (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) artwork by LAVINA NEGANA of Omie Artists. The title is Sisira Esoe - Traditional String-Bag. [26LN_0712] (Paper Mulberry Tree-Bark Fibre and Natural Pigments)

LAVINA NEGANA

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Sisira Esoe - Traditional String-Bag

Ömie Artists is a cooperative of Ömie tribeswomen barkcloth painters, and is situated in the majestic Ömie mountains of Oro Province in Papua New Guinea.

Ömie barkcloths are worn proudly by men, women and children during traditional ceremonies which can involve feasting and spectacular performances of singing, dancing and kundu-drumming.

Nioge (barkcloth worn by women) are now also produced by Ömie Artists for gallery exhibitions.

The women produce the barkcloth by beating the inner bark of trees, and the coloured paints are prepared using fruits, ferns, leaves and ash.

Traditional Ömie culture as well as Ömie territory’s lush rainforests, wild rivers and sacred, ancestral sites such as Dahore Huvaemo (Mount Lamington) and Dahore Obo (Mount Obo) provide a plethora of subjects from which the artists continue to draw inspiration for their painting designs.

Ömie Artists is fully owned and governed by Ömie people.

Five established art centres service artists across ten villages and each of the centres play a vital role in the villages by ensuring that Ömie art and culture remains strong and by providing economic returns to their artists.

Ömie Artists works in close consultation with clan duvahe (chiefs) and elders to ensure that traditional Ömie law and custom is upheld in the administration of art production and distribution.

Ömie Artists are represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery.

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