Alick Tipoti, Warungu (from the turtle)

Alick Tipoti, Warungu (from the turtle)


Linocut, hand-coloured, 2012
Edition of 50
Published by the Australian Art Print Network
Image size: 660 x 400 mm
Paper size: 800 x 600 mm
Editioning printer: Theo Tremblay, Editions Tremblay NFP Cairns QLD

Artist: Alick Tipoti  
Language: Kala Lagaw Ya of the Maluilgal ( mid western island) 

Artist: Alick Tipoti, born 1975, is one of the foremost Torres Strait printmakers. He holds an Associate Diploma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art from TNQITAFE and a Bachelor of Visual Art (Printmaking) from Canberra Institute of Art, ANU. He is committed to preserving the languages and cultural traditions of the Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait) region. He won the Telstra Award for a work on paper in 2003 and 2007 and the Lin Onus Youth Art Prize in 1998. His practice includes sculpture as well as printmaking, and his work is held in numerous national and international collections.  

Story: The turtle shell masks of our ancestors were unique amongst the indigenous cultures of the world. They were collected by the early anthropologists and explorers to the region and can be seen in a number of the leading museums throughout the world including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The National Museum Scotland and the British Museum.