Matthew Freddy Puruntatameri

With an outstanding reputation as a leading Tiwi artists, Matthew has worked with ochres on paper, linen, bark and iron wood carvings.

Region: Melville Island, Tiwi Islands

DOB: 20 February 1972

Significant Country: Munupi

Language: Tiwi

Art Centre: Jilamara Arts & Crafts

Born in Darwin, Matthew Freddy began painting on canvas in the 1980’s at Jilamara Art Centre. His father Paddy Freddy Puruntatameri encouraged Matthew to make art and keep the traditions alive. Matthew began to focus on carvings and painting in 1988.

Skin: Pandanus, Dance: Jurrukukuni (Boobook Owl), Country: Munupi

Matthew completed a diploma in art and craft. Both he and his younger brother Patrick have exhibited extensively throughout Australia with work held in International collections, and have an outstanding reputation as leading Tiwi artists.


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Gallery Gondwana
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