Sep 262011

Dame ba rai neb’e maka iha problema – “Peace to this troubled country”

Tony Amaral

Tony Amaral is a Timorese Artist who is a recent graduate from the National Art School, Sydney, Australia. He is currently artist in residence at Arte Moris. His first solo exhibition opened at Arte Moris Gallery, Arte Moris Comoro, Dili, East Timor on September 24th. It will run for 2 weeks. Tony is an consummate artist, the exhibition is powerful, and deserving of international recognition. Tony says” We all know that the function of the news media in a democratic nation is an important one. For instance, the role of journalists is to help build a national conscience and affect social transformation. In part, the job of artists is the same.” In his first solo exhibition Tony has used mixed media collages with a focus on newspaper clippings to create a retrospective on the past half – year.  He has used Timor’s local papers along with bold colours and stencils to tell a story of a nation that, to his mind, is continuing to experience a crisis of faith in development and governance, which in turn is impacting people’s sense of harmony. Below is an image of the painting at the centre of the exhibition. The work is for sale, please do contact Tekee Media via email or artemoris through facebook for a link to full images please go to : or if you are a facebook friend of Ros Dunlop go to facebook for the album of full size images. There are still paintings for sale from this wonderful exhibition with prices ranging from $200 to $900 US. click on the thumbnails to enlarge. Better quality images on above sites.



Jan 162009

Ros has been in Darwin from the 12th to the 16th January doing presentations about East Timor as part of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory’s summer holliday program. There is an exhibtion running at from November to July at MAGNT “HUSI BEI ALA TIMOR SIRA NIA LIMAN ~ FROM THE HANDS OF OUR ANCESTORS” . If you are in Darwin it is a wonderful exhibition and well worth the visit. I have been to East Timor many times and I learnt a lot from this exhibition!

Tony Amaral, the TImorese artist living with our family in Sydney, came up to work with children with art and craft in the discovery centre which is designed for children. Tony has just successfully completed first year Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School in Sydney.

Below are some photos from the presentations, we had children dressing up in the traditional costumes, it was a very hands on show!

dressups in tais  mother and daughter in tais  brothers in tais  girl with babadok  dressups in tais