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 Cook expresses himself through his loose and gestural designs. Timothy paints exclusively with natural ochre and his artworks are highly sort after by major collections both nationally and internationally. Timothy won the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award in 2012 and has been shortlisted for many others including the Hadley Art Award in 2019.

Timothy has been creating paintings, prints and carvings at Jilamara Arts and Craft since 1999 and has represented the art centre in numerous high-profile solo and group exhibitions. His art is very personal to him; he likes the ‘old designs’ which he learnt from his elders. He paints dots (pwanga) as elements of his designs; dots are his ‘favourite’ 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.

In the last few years Timothy has focused on the Kulama design. The Kulama ceremony is a traditional initiation for young men which coincides with the harvest of wild yam. The ceremony is performed in the late wet season (March-April) when a ring appears around Japarra (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, the “cross” reflects his spiritual life, the pwanga (dots) reflect the japalinga (stars).

Some of Timothy’s paintings also represent Japarra the moon man, a significant figure in the Tiwi creation story.

Artworks by Timothy Cook

Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

344-19

$518

Timothy Cook

28 x 25cm, natural ochres on paper
Kulama - Painting - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

523-19

$518

Timothy Cook

28 x 25cm, 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

268-18

$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 - Print - Timothy  Cook

Kulama

286b-14-5/10

$460

Timothy Cook

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

Kulama

422d-13

$345

Timothy Cook

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

Kulama Japarra

77-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

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

Kulama Japarra

61-18

$2,875

Timothy Cook

56 x 76cm, natural ochres and charcoal on paper