Janice Murray Pungautiji

Skin: Tarnikini (Flying Fox)
Country: Yimpinari
Dance: Jarrikarlani (Turtle)
Dot Texture Short 2

Janice Murray lives in Milikapiti, Melville Island, and has been an exhibiting member of Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association since 1995. Janice is widely regarded for her paintings, printmaking and carving, having received many professional accolades during her significant career. She has worked for decades with the Australian Print Workshop in Melbourne on various projects and residencies and is well known for her incredible edition prints. She has also received public commissions and two iterations of her aluminum birds are installed at the Darwin waterfront and in Sydney.

Janice has a strong knowledge of culture, country and language on the Tiwi’s and her compositions develop as contemporary adaptations of Jilamara, or body paint design applied to dancers, tutini poles and tunga (bark bags) during ceremony.

Birds are a common subject for Janice and reflect the significance of these animals to the Tiwi people. The abundance of bird life on the islands is apparent and these creatures feature heavily in Tiwi creation stories as messengers to the people – most notably in the story of Purukupali where birds warn him that his son Jinani has died bringing mortality to the Tiwi people. Janice’s traditional country on the island is Tinganu, an area to the far East of the community. During ceremony her totem dance is ‘Jarrangini’ (Turtle).

Artworks by Janice Murray Pungautiji

Body design - Painting - Janice Murray Pungautiji

Body design

46-19

$345

Janice Murray Pungautiji

28 x 22cm
Jilamara - Painting - Janice Murray Pungautiji

Jilamara

114-15

$2,645

Janice Murray Pungautiji

106 x 76cm, natural ochres on paper
Jilamara - Painting - Janice Murray Pungautiji

Jilamara

160-12

$3,335

Janice Murray Pungautiji

200 x 60 cm, natural ochres on linen
Yirrinkiripwoja - body paint design - Etching - Janice Murray Pungautiji

Yirrinkiripwoja

NE-06-JM1-6-20

$569

Janice Murray Pungautiji

56 x 76cm, etching
Jilamara - Textiles - Janice Murray Pungautiji

Jilamara

36-98

$0

Janice Murray Pungautiji

2m, hand screen print fabric