Tiwi people

Australia 1924 /1928 – 2003

Martin KING

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1957

printer, lithographic


Geelong, Victoria, Australia born 1972

printer's assistant


commenced 1989

print workshop (organisation)

Jilamara #2 2001 Place made: Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: prints, ink; paper lithograph, printed in colour inks, from two aluminium plates Support: thick cream wove Magnani Acquerello 280 gsm paper
Manufacturer's Mark: no manufacturer's mark
Edition State: published state
Impression: workshop proof 2/2
Edition: edition of 80; plus 1 right-to-print proof, 5 artist's proofs, 2 workshop proofs, 5 presentation proofs

Edition Notes: Kantilla's first attempts at lithography used washes of tushe that resulted in an effect not unlike the painted quality of thin ochres on canvas. It seemed a medium suited to Kitty's customary way of working. I watched as Kitty began drawing onto the aluminium plate, each mark applied with deliberation. The image evolved in stages, areas of dots wandering into sections of short lines and dashes, punctuated by meandering lines and intersected by irregular tracts of filled in squares. Like her first etchings, this print reveals a kind of 'learning on the job', an intuitive leap into the process. What these prints show is the direct response of Kitty's hand and thought, her drawing, scratching and painting onto the plate, spontaneous yet deliberate gestures guided by her innate sense of design. Her prints reveal an essential cryptic beauty in her imagery as well as a reverance for tradition that is embedded in all her work. Martin King, edited excerpt from King's essay 'Kitty's Prints' in Judith Ryan, Kitty Kantilla, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2008, pp.98-99. From 'Personal Space: contemporary Chinese and Australian Prints'
Primary Insc: Signed lower right below printed image in black pencil, '+'.Not dated.Not titled.Inscribed with impression details lower left below printed image in black pencil, 'APW 2/2'.
Secondary Insc: Print workshop blindstamp lower right corner 'APW' [within rectangle]
Tertiary Insc: Inscribed verso lower right in black pencil, 'APW 1102'
Dimensions: printed image 65.0 h x 33.0 w cm sheet 76.0 h x 56.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Australian Print Workshop Archive 2, purchased with the assistance of the Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2002
Accession No: NGA 2002.431.1102
Image rights: © Kitty Kantilla and Jilamara Arts + Craft
  • Purchased by the National Gallery of Australia, from the Australian Print Workshop (formerly the Victorian Print Workshop), Melbourne, 2006, where the work was produced.