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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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