BILLY MISSI | 'Warpiw naral I' | Etching

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Billy Missi, Warpiw naral 1, Etching printed in relief in black from one plate. Edition of 30, 2009. Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking.

Etching printed in relief in black from one plate
Edition of 30, 2009
Published by Djumbunji Press KickArts Fine Art Printmaking
Image size: 176 x 122 mm
Paper size: 380 x 270 mm
Paper type: Hahnemuhle off white 300 GSM paper.
Ink type: Charbonnel
Collaborative printer: Dian Darmansjah
Editioning printer: Dian Darmansjah and Jacinta Numina Waugh

Artist: Billy Missi, 1970 -2012
Tribe: Wagedagam, Gumu, Panai
Totem: Koedal, Kaigas, Dhangal
Language: Kala Lagaw Ya
Born: Waiben, Zenadh Kes (Torres Strait)


Billy Missi, 1970- 2012, was a Maluilgal man from Mabuiag Island in the Torres Strait. Billy is known as one of the leading printmakers of this region, having exhibited widely and achieved both national and international acclaim. He comes from a respected family of art practitioners and choreographers, from the tribes of Wagedagam, Geomu and Panai in Malu Lilgal (Western Torres Strait).

Artwork story: "This is the term used to identify the sharp patterns commonly found on artefacts such as masks, drums and other material and cultural objects that are used throughout Zenadh Kes (the Torres Strait). It also includes Papua New Guinea's Western Province coastal villages when engaging with islanders during trade practices and visits.
It comes from the language group of Kala Lagaw Ya which is a Western Torres Strait dialect. Most of the patterns are inspired by coral effects, shells and other marine inhabitants on our beautiful surrounding reefs.
These patterns symbolise and signify us as the seafaring people of these regions and waterways between the two masses of land - Papua New Guinea to the North and Australia to the South. These images express the oral history that has been told and handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial." - Billy Missi.


Catalogue ID: BIMI025