Jilamara Arts & Crafts SC96005
The National Portrait Gallery states:
Kitty Kantilla (1928-2004) was the most acclaimed Tiwi artist of her generation. Kantilla was from Yimpinari country on Melville Island, off the west coast of the top of the Northern Territory. For a time she lived on nearby Bathurst Island, which was her mother’s country, but in the 1970s she moved to Paru on Melville Island where she joined a group of women who sold their art at Nguiu. During this period she produced mainly carvings, but around 1985 she moved to Milikapiti, a nearby settlement, where she began to produce paintings at Jilamara Arts and Crafts. Ochre paintings on paper, canvas, bark and ironwood, incorporating traditional geometric designs, are now the works for which she is best known. She showed in many group exhibitions throughout Australia from 1989 and in several individual shows in Sydney from 1993. Kantilla’s work is represented in nearly all major Australian galleries.
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