50 x 33 cm
All jilamara (design) is originally drawn from the body painting which accompanied the
pukumani (funeral) and kulama (initiation/yam) ceremonies. All the artists living at Milikapiti
are drawing on collective Tiwi memory, and the individual expression and aesthetic
qualities of each artist's work is reflective of their personal interpretation of traditional Tiwi
design or jilamara.
Born in 1961 at Milikapiti on Melville Island, Brian’s country is Pickataramoor, his skin
group Pandanus and his dreaming dance the Seagull.
Brian went to school in Darwin & lived in central Australia doing a teacher’s course in the
1980s. He was Teacher’s aide at Milikapiti school in the 1980s. In 1981 he participated in
the Kulama ceremony held at Milikapiti. Old man (his relation) held the last Kulama but
Brian was in hospital. “Sometimes there is a story that I follow through to keep the
memories alive. Like a journey of growing up going through all the stages to manhood –
Brian would have painted for ceremony but not commercially until 2004 when he joined
Jilamara. His body design is an abstract design which is literally translated from ceremony,
but also represents a person’s journey through life. His art has a sensitive feel, his mark
making light and airy.
Brian represents the Tiwi people as one of the many Indigenous Directors with ANKAAA.
His plays an important role for Tiwi culture giving & receiving information within the arts.