Michael Reid Berlin is delighted to present the debut, international solo-exhibition by Dino Wilson. A finalist in the 2021 Telstra NATSIAA and the Michael Reid NEAP prizes, the bold yet balanced paintings of this Tiwi man speak to the depth of artistic creation present in Tiwi culture, and the sense of innovation and expression of its contemporary painters.
Wilson paints at Jilamara Arts & Crafts Association, and is influenced by his mother, artist Carol Black, and by fellow artist and mentor, Timothy Cook.
Wilson’s paintings instinctively combine broad, loose brushwork with precise, considered pwanga (dots) and fine marlipinyini (lines), creating works which are at once energetic and composed.
The fiery, harmonising discs – kurluwukari – and radiating lines of Wilson’s paintings draw on Tiwi genesis stories about the sun.
“Warnarringa – the sun in Tiwi. That wulimaka (old lady) Murntankala, brought warnarringa to the Tiwi Islands parlingarri (creation times). She made fire when everything was all dark and brought sun to the Tiwi Islands – that is our story.”
In the six works in this exhibition, Wilson focuses on this theme, exploring a complex language of inherited and created forms. His work epitomises the thriving culture of artistic production that the Tiwi Islands offer, and we look forward to sharing it with the world.
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