Elliott Routledge aka Numskull
Elliott Routledge will journey to Pirlamgimpi, in the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin in the Northern Territory, to meet the artists from the Munupi art centre.
“I am very interested in the Tiwi people and their rich knowledge and historical use of patterns in art. Something perhaps I’m in search of at the moment with my own art, as I use a lot of patterns either from other cultures or patterns that I have created myself. I would love to maybe learn some traditional methods or pattern making skills and create a mural based off that experience…”
Here he will learn about the history of Tiwi art, and of Aboriginal culture, and explore the techniques and tools used by Tiwi artists.
Elliott ‘Numskull’ Routledge is an Australian-based contemporary artist, working out of Sydney in a variety of fields and mediums including painting, sculpture, illustration and large-scale murals. Bypassing art school, Elliott credits his dabbling in graffiti as a bored, skateboarding kid as being formative. At that early time Elliott and his brother discovered how to use spray paint, which led to an understanding of other mediums – and ultimately it all evolved into ‘proper art’. Later, enrolling in a private college to learn multimedia and animation methods ultimately gave Elliot the tools to find his unique style.