Geraldine Pilakui

Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association

Country: Warrunkuwu
Dance: Yirrikapayi (Crocodile)

An established artist at Jilamara, Geraldine has been painting at the art centre since the early 2002.

Geraldine learnt from the older people about Tiwi culture. When she gets old she will pass it on to her grandchildren.

Geraldine says, ” I love painting and coming to work at the art centre everyday. It is my life. I learn from my Maninga (Grandmother) and my Uncle Pius”.

Her motifs include traditional designs from the older and experienced artists, bush tucker and the native flora and fauna that inhabit the Tiwi Islands. To paint the “mother lines” Geraldine uses the traditional Kayimwagakimi comb technique used for body painting.  

Geraldine’s artwork has featured in Jilamara group shows in Broome, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne.