Artist Showcase | Alick Tipoti

Clan groups: Maluyligal, Zenadh-Kes
Language group: Kala Lagaw Ya

Alick (Zugub) Tipoti was born in 1975 and is from Badu Island, Torres Strait. Alick’s art practice includes painting, linocuts and mask making. 

Alick’s works detail complex stories about the history and culture of his people. His practice also includes the performance of traditional songs, chants and dances, often concurrently with his exhibited artworks. He is one of a very few who speaks his language fluently. 

Alick is a proud and respected role model for a generation of younger Torres Strait Islander artists. His works are represented in major collections in Australia and overseas, and he has exhibited extensively. In 2015 the Cairns Art Gallery presented a major exhibition of his work entitled Alick Tipoti: Zugubal: Ancestral Spirits.

He is represented by Australian Art Print Network, Sydney, and Badu Arts Centre, Torres Strait.

Solo Exhibition | Highlighted Works

Alick Tipoti: Zugubal
10 Jul – 6 Sep 2015

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Alick Tipoti, Baywa (Water spout - turtle), 2014, single block vinyl cut in black ink printed on Hahnemuhle, handcoloured, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Alick Tipoti, 2015 Alick Tipoti, Baywa (Water spout - dugong), 2014, single block vinyl cut in black ink printed on Hahnemuhle, handcoloured, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Alick Tipoti, 2015 Alick Tipoti, Baywaw Mawa (Laag) II 2011, fibreglass, resin, fibre, beads, rope & feathers, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Alick Tipoti, 2012 Alick Tipoti, Kisay Dhangal, 2014, vinylcut, hand coloured, Cairns Art Gallery. Donated through the Cairns Regional Gallery Foundation with the assistance of Robina Cosser, 2015

 

Group Exhibition | Highlighted Works

 

Carving Country - Indigenous Prints from the Collection
20 Jan - 29 Feb 2024

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Alick Tipoti, Ainga Uthuy Mabiag, 2006, ed. 12/50, linocut, coloured, Purchased by Cairns Regional Gallery with the assistance of Robina Cosser, 2006 Alick Tipoti, Gubau Aimai Maibaigal (Four winds), 2006, vinylcut, Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Editions Tremblay NFP, 2012

Gamu Zamiyakal - Masks, Headdresses and Dance Machines
22 Apr – 18 Jun 2023

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Alick Tipoti, Baywaw Mawa (Laag) II 2011, fibreglass, resin, fibre, beads, rope & feathers, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Alick Tipoti, 2012

FACELESS Transforming Identity: Blak/Black Artists from North Australia, Africa and the African Diaspora 
25 Jun – 2 Oct 2022

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Alick Tipoti, Umay (dog masks) 2021, fiberglass, resin, Courtesy of the artist and Australian Art Network, Sydney Alick Tipoti, Umay (dog masks) 2021, fiberglass, resin, Courtesy of the artist and Australian Art Network, Sydney Alick Tipoti, Umay (dog masks) 2021, fiberglass, resin, Courtesy of the artist and Australian Art Network, Sydney

Reimagining: Between Tradition and Innovation
17 Oct 2020 – 10 Jan 2021

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Alick Tipoti, Baywaw Mawa (Laag) II 2011, fibreglass, resin, fibre, beads, rope & feathers, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Alick Tipoti, 2012

Malu Minar: Art of the Torres Strait
2 Apr – 22 May 2011

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Alick Tipoti, Wadith, Zigin ar Kusikus, 2005, linocut, Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Alick Tipoti, 2011 Alick Tipoti, Gubau Aimai Mabiag, 2006, ed. 13/50, hand-coloured linocut, Purchased by Cairns Regional Gallery with the assistance of Robina Cosser, 2006

Ilan Pasin: Torres Strait Art
6 Nov – 31 Jan 1998

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