Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri

DOB: 1973
Skin Pandanus
Community Jilamara
Country Munupi

About Artist:
Patrick Freddy Puruntatameri was born on Melville Island, the larger of
the two Tiwi islands, situated off the coast north of Darwin.

Although he is one of the youngest of the practising Tiwi artists, his
work has already been widely exhibited, both within Australia and
Europe, since 1992.

Sealife Print Story: Story: Early in creation times, all water was fresh water. During these times Puruti (Sea Osprey) and Jirakati (White Headed Sea Eagle) were spearing fish near the northern entrance to Apsley Strait, when they noticed a large creature under the water lilies on the waters edge. Not knowing it was his mother, Tipurundunga, Puruti speared her in the neck. Screaming with pain and urinating with fright, she rushed into the sea. The combination of blood and urine changed the water to the salt of the sea today. Tipurundunga changed herself into the Jabiru which lives on the edge of the freshwater lagoons.

His paintings depict the body designs used in the Pukamani ceremony, the traditional Tiwi burial ceremony which is one of the cornerstones of the Tiwi peoples traditional beliefs and are also closely linked to stories of Purrukuparli, the Tiwi mythological ancestor. They are characterised by geometric structures of lines and dots, every line and marking having an important meaning.

These geometric patterns, common to most Tiwi art, often depict sites of stories of mythological significance involving ancestors who were changed into animals or birds. Each Tiwi artist has their own individual interpretation of the designs. Collections
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney. Group Exhibitions
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1991 Yinkiti Amintiya Yoi (Food and Ceremony) An Exhibition of Tiwi Dye-Printed Silks and Traditional Ochre Paintings, Crafts Council Gallery, Darwin.
1991 Jilamara Milikapiti - Melville Island, Alcaston House Gallery, Melbourne.
1992 Ngingingawula Jilamara Kapi Purunguparri (Our Designs on Bark), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
1993 Nginingawula Tiwi Jilamara, All our Tiwi designs, Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT.
1994 The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1995 The Twelfth National Aboriginal Art Award, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
1996 Tiwi People from Melville Island. Anima Gallery Adelaide.
1996 National Aboriginal Heritage Award. Parliament House Canberra ACT.
1996 Masterpieces from Milikapiti Savode Gallery Brisbane.
1996 Etchings & Lino blocks from Melville Island, Australian Print Workshop Fitzroy Vic.
1996 Tiwi People from Melville Island. Anima Gallery Adelaide S.A.
1997 Old Patterns Framed Gallery Darwin N.T.
1997 Old Tiwi Alcaston House Gallery Melbourne Victoria.
1997 Kartukuni Amintiya Jurra (Ironwood and Paper), Hogarth Gallery, Paddington NSW.
1998 The Old and the New Gallery Gondwana Alice Springs NT.
1998 & 1999 International Art Fair, Exhibition Buildings, Melbourne.
1998 Jilamara, Mossenson Gallery, Subiaco WA.
1999 All About Art, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
1999 Tiwi on Wood, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne.
1999 New Paintings from Milikapiti, Redback Gallery, Brisbane.
1999 Art of the Tiwi, Framed Gallery Darwin.
2000 This Earth for Us, Commonwealth Institute, London.
2000 From Mythology to the Present Wuerzburg, Germany