Neil Black

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Neil Black is part of the Black, Brown and Bush families that have a long and extensive history working at indigenous owned and governed Jilamara Arts and Crafts in Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands. 

Neil Black joined Jilamara in 2019 as part of the Ngawa Mantawi program and to make art with some of his family – notedly Chris Black and Kaye Brown. Translating as “All of Us Together”, the Ngawa Mantawi program is an inclusive disability program at the art centre, that aims to support members with diverse needs to have sustainable careers in the arts, while living at home close to family and Country. Although he has only been at the art centre for a few years, Neil Black is fast becoming a key member of this group.  

His art work focuses on “parlingarri jilamara “old designs” from the wulimawi “old people”. He is particularly driven to paint warnarringa, japarra and japalinga (sun, moon and stars) which forms a significant part of many of the Creation Stories and the celestial elements of Tiwi ceremonial culture, such as Kulama the coming of age ceremony. 

Since 2019, Neil has been in many group exhibitions and collaborative Jilamara projects, including Tiwi Papers at the Art Gallery of South Australia for Tarnanthi in 2021 and YOYI (dance) a collaborative film of 30 Tiwi artists dancing on Country that debuted in Berlin at Gropius Bau and The National 4 at MCA Australia in 2023. 

Artworks by Neil Black

Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars) -  - Neil Black

Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars)

244-23-5/30

$483

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image size 28.5 x 41.5cm, paper size 37 x 50 cm
Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars) -  - Neil Black

Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars)

295-23-5/10

$483

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Neil Black
image size 41cm x 29cm, paper size 53 x 39cm
Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars) - Painting - Neil Black

Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars)

545-22

$230

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30 x 80cm locally sourced ochre on canvas