Timothy Cook, born 1958 Melville Island, is a leading Australian contemporary artist and has consistently exhibited during the past 20 years. This 2015 solo exhibition follows his inclusion in significant national public exhibitions in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane, and the 2012 recognition as winner of the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art Award.
His art primarily depicts the kulama ceremony, a traditional initiation for young men which coincides with the harvest of a specific wild yam. The ‘master’ of kulama painting, he produces astonishing artworks.
As Seva Frangos writes in Dancing With the Moon, “There are no adornments, no dissertations, no working drawings, no sketch-books, no diaries, no introductions or slow evolution. His work is direct and unadulterated.
Cook’s remarkable visual (re) interpretations of the kulama may be independent and contemporary, but their essence remains Tiwi, firmly anchored by strong shared cultural beliefs and spirituality.”
Cook’s 2015 solo show has been scheduled to immediately follow the launch of the beautiful and comprehensive book Timothy Cook Dancing With the Moon, by Seva Frangos and available through UWA Publishing.
Three major works of Cook’s can be viewed at the 2015 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderArt Award (NATSIAA) in Darwin on 7, 8 & 9 August 2015.