Tommy Watson "My Country" 112 x 100 cms

Tommy Watson "My Country" 112 x 100 cms


Tommy Yannima Pikarli Watson known as Tommy Watson (1935-2017) was an Indigenous Australian artist, of the Pitjantjatjara people from Australia’s central western desert. He was once described by one critic as "the greatest living painter of the Western Desert". Tommy Watson began painting in 2001, and was one of a handful of painters establishing the Irrunytju community art centre in 2001. Watson's work has received critical acclaim, both within Australia and internationally, with art critics drawing parallels between Watson and Western Abstract painters such as Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Kasimir Malevich and Mark Rothko. Watson himself stated that his art is an exploration of traditional Aboriginal culture, in which the land and spirituality are intertwined and communicated through stories passed on from generation to generation. He said, "I want to paint these stories so that others can learn and understand about our culture and country".

COLLECTIONS: National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, Art Gallery of Western Australia, South Australian Art Gallery, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Colin Laverty Collection, Patrick Corrigan Collection, Auscorp Collection, Kerry Stokes Collection

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Jasper Knight "Two Stripe Blue Stripe" 180 x 120 cms

Jasper Knight "Two Stripe Blue Stripe" 180 x 120 cms

Knight has been a finalist seven times in the Archibald Prize from 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2019 with portraits were of Richard Gill, Bob Carr, his grandfather Sir Harold Knight, Bill Wright AM, Jason Phu and Adam Cullen respectively, aside from himself. He has been a finalist in the 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012 Wynne Prize for landscape painting, and the 2013 and 2015 Sir John Sulman Prize. He won the Mosman Art Prize in 2008. In 2012 Knight was a finalist for the first time in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize with a portrait of Australian painter Jeffrey Smart and in 2014 with a portrait of David Griggs. He has been an Archibald Prize subject twice in 2009 and 2013. A portrait of him by Sarah Hendy was a finalist in the 2013 Archibald Prize. Jasper Knight is the Co-Director of Chalk Horse gallery in Darlinghurst.
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Kurun Warun

Ninbella Gallery

Pictured: Lae Oldmeadow "The Mother".

Ninbella hosts award-winning and highly collectable contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art from the Western and Central Desert regions. The gallery is also home to a collection of uber talented local Northern Rivers artists, mid-century Italian designer chandeliers, exquisite hand crafted seating and ethical cultural giftware. Fair Trade Member.


Grant Rasheed

"I have been fortunate and honoured to work with Australian Aboriginal Art, Artists and Communities for over sixteen years. Ninbella was established in January 2011 in the Flinders Ranges - outback South Australia, which is where I grew up on a sheep property. I spent over 22 years living in Europe, principally Italy and occasionally the UK & USA. Since 2017 I've been living in Bangalow in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Grateful to be on Bundjalung Country, where we continues to support the arts and artists from all over Australia.


Gabriella has become known for the important commissions and installations she has done. These include being part of the Vivid Projection Programme at Sydney Opera House in 2016, her design being used on an Art Tram during the 2014 Melbourne Festival and her 2008 commission and installation depicting her custodial Grandmother's Country for the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Gabriella now lives in Melbourne with her family. Collections : The Royal Collection UK, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra,Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Flinders University Art Museum Adelaide, Holmes a Court Collection, Perth, Richard Kelton Foundation Collection Santa Monica, USA , Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Winterthur Collection, Switzerland

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