Pwoja - Pukumani Body Paint Design by Ian Cook Mungtopi

Ian Cook Mungatopi _ Pwoja-Pukumani Body Paint design_ 70 x 90cm.jpeg
Ian Cook Mungatopi _ Pwoja-Pukumani Body Paint design_ 70 x 90cm.jpeg

Pwoja - Pukumani Body Paint Design by Ian Cook Mungtopi

1,800.00

Ian Cook Mungatopi b.1965

Ochre on linen

70 x 90cm

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The large fields of pure ochre colour in Ian’s paintings give space to appreciate the texture and richness of the pigments themselves; their natural palette is a great source of pride for Tiwi artists. Aesthetically it is also greatly influenced by body paint design for Pukumani ceremony, specifically for sibling relationships.“I paint body paint design. Use the different colour ochres. Big colour, all yellow on the face, on the body too. Face half yellow, face half white, like sister or brother passed away, what you call cousin. Could be yellow, could be red, same thing.

”In Tiwi culture the relationship of cousin, is considered to be sister or brother. To help us understand the closeness of this relationship Tiwi often use an English translation of “cousin-sister” or “cousin-brother”.