UNTITLED, 2000

Important Australian and International Fine Art
Melbourne
28 November 2018
51

KITTY KANTILLA

(c.1928 – 2003)
UNTITLED, 2000

natural earth pigments and synthetic binder on canvas

133.0 x 80.0 cm

bears inscription verso: artist's name and Jilamara Arts and Crafts cat. 137 – 00

Estimate: 
$20,000 – 30,000
Provenance

Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Milikapiti
Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney
Private collection, Sydney

Exhibited

Kitty Kantilla, Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney, November 2001, cat. 9

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Milikapiti.

Catalogue text

Lots 50 and 51 were acquired from Kitty Kantilla’s 5th solo exhibition held in December 2000 at Aboriginal and Pacific Art in Sydney.

Painted on contrasting grounds, one black and the other white, these two paintings encompass all the elements of the artist’s lexicon; pwanga (dots), marlipinyini (lines) and turtiyangimari (colours: white, red, yellow and black).

Although seemingly abstract in appearance, Kantilla’s mark making is far from arbitrary, her designs evoke cultural history and ritual, particularly the Pukumani ceremony, where the Tiwi gather to farewell the dead. Here performers in full body decoration participate in a cycle of song and dance.