Timothy Cook

Skin: Marntupuni (House Fly)
Country: Andranangoo (Goose Greek)
Dance: Tartuwali (Shark)
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“I will take a painting to heaven so my mother will recognise me.”
– Timothy Cook

Timothy has been creating paintings, prints and carvings at Jilamara since 1999, his art is very personal to him; he likes the ‘old designs’ which he learnt from his elders. He especially likes dots (pwanga) as elements of his designs; dots are his ‘favourite special’ due to the fact that ochre dots are applied to his face for ceremonies. The dots are applied by his bunji – a kinship relationship term which means mate, or in-law.

Timothy expresses himself through his loose, gestural, spacious designs. He paints exclusively with natural ochres, composing his paintings with pure instinct and without hesitation.

His artworks are highly sort after for major collections both nationally and internationally. In 2012, he won the Major Award at the Telstra NATSIAA.

In the last few years Timothy has focused on painting the Kulama. The Kulama ceremony is a traditional initiation for young men which coincides with the harvest of wild yam, and is performed in the late wet season (March-April) when a ring appears around the moon. Elders of both sexes sing and dance for three days, welcoming the boys into adulthood. The boy is then renamed with his true man’s name.

The circles in his work symbolize the moon, yam and ritual circles of the Kulama ceremony, curators and art critics suggest the “cross” may reflect his spiritual life, his connection with the Catholic religion. 

Timothy also paints expansive canvases depicting Japarra the moon man.

In 2018 Timothy’s work was selected for the inaugural King and Wood Mallesons Contemporary ATSI Art Prize.

Artworks by Timothy Cook

Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

630-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

271-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

265-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

267-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

264-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

268-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

270-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

269-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

266-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

272-18

$518

Timothy Cook

38 x 28cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

LC-TC-9-10

$345

Timothy Cook

30 x 30cm (image), linocut
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

286r-14-5/10

$460

Timothy Cook

39.5 x 30cm, (image), etching
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

422c-13

$345

Timothy Cook

30 x 30cm, linocut hand coloured with ochres
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

WB-TC2-1-20

$403

Timothy Cook

24 x 34cm (image), Japanese woodblock
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

286b-14-5/10

$460

Timothy Cook

39.5 x 30cm (image), etching
parlini jilamara (old design) - Etching - Timothy  Cook

parlini jilamara (old design)

NE-06-TC2-8-30

$403

Timothy Cook

39.5 x 54cm, Sugar lift & aquatint etching
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

649-12-1/5

$288

Timothy Cook

30 x 30cm (image), linocut
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

NE-06-TC1-4-50

$598

Timothy Cook

76 x 56cm (paper), Aquatint etching
Kulama - Etching Prints - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

279-17-13/20

$633

Timothy Cook

39.5 x 49.5cm (image), etching with screenprint
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

477-18-19/20

$288

Timothy Cook

19.5 x 14.5cm, (image), Etching
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

422d-13

$345

Timothy Cook

30 x 30cm, linocut hand coloured with ochres
Jilamara - Screenprint - Timothy  Cook

Jilamara

214-02-14-25

$569

Timothy Cook

76 x 56cm, screenprint
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

597-18-1/10

$403

Timothy Cook

44 x 32cm (image), 56 x 38cm (paper), screenprint with woodcut
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

543-17

$11,960

Timothy Cook

120 x 120cm, natural ochres on linen
Japarra and Purukapali - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra and Purukapali

75-18

$20,700

Timothy Cook

120 x 300cm, diptych, natural ochres and charcoal on linen
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

545-17

$15,525

Timothy Cook

150 x 150cm, natural ochres on linen
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

026-17

$5,520

Timothy Cook

70 x 90cm, natural ochres on linen
Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra

452-17

$16,560

Timothy Cook

120 x 200cm, natural ochres on canvas
parlini jilamara (old design) - Print - Timothy  Cook

parlini jilamara (old design)

NETC2-06-X/30

$403

Timothy Cook

39.5 x 54cm (image), sugar lift & aquatint etching
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

491-16

$14,375

Timothy Cook

120 x 150 cm, natural ochres on linen
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

WBTC2-10-X/20

$403

Timothy Cook

24cm x 34cm cm (image), Japanese woodblock
Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars) - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars)

314-18

$15,525

Timothy Cook

150 x 150cm, natural ochres and charcoal on linen
Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra

51-18

$15,525

Timothy Cook

150 x 150cm, natural ochres on linen
Kulama - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

NETC1-06-X/50

$575

Timothy Cook

76 x 56cm (paper), aquatint etching
Kirijini Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kirijini Kulama

366-16

$920

Timothy Cook

52 x 52cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

025-17

$5,520

Timothy Cook

70 x 90cm, natural ochres on linen
Japarra amintiya Wai-ai - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra amintiya Wai-ai

79-18

$8,970

Timothy Cook

90 x 120cm, natural ochres on canvas
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

290-15

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres on paper
Japarra - Stringybark Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra

359-18

$5,635

Timothy Cook

90 x 24cm, natural ochres on stringybark
Tutini (Pukumani Pole) - Ironwood Carving - Timothy  Cook

Tutini (Pukumani Pole)

99-18

$8,280

Timothy Cook

190 x 15 x 15cm, natural ochres on ironwood
Awurlaga Japarra III (Past Moon) - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Awurlaga Japarra III (Past Moon)

32-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra

8-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Awurlaga Japarra (Past Moon) - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Awurlaga Japarra (Past Moon)

34-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Kulama Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama Japarra

49-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Kulama Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama Japarra

39-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra

36-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 X 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Awurlaga Japarra I (Past Moon) - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Awurlaga Japarra I (Past Moon)

15-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra

22-18

$8,970

Timothy Cook

90 x 120cm, natural ochres and charcoal on linen
Kulama, in red - Textiles - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

59-98

$276

Timothy Cook

2m, hand screen printed fabric
Kulama Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama Japarra

77-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars) - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra and Japalinga (Moon and Stars)

188-18

$4,140

Timothy Cook

60 x 80cm, natural ochres and charcoal on canvas
Kulama Japarra - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama Japarra

61-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Japparra II - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra II

204-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper
Japarra I - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Japarra I

203-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper