Tommy Watson - Aboriginal Artist from Western Desert
Tommy Watson (Yannima)
Region: Irrunytju, Westen Desert, WA
Keeping Culture Alive
Yannima Tommy Watson is a senior Pitjantjatjarra elder and Law man. Watson was born at Irrunytj in the remote Central Desert
Watson spent many of his early years as a stockman and handyman, working in a number of stations and outstations in the desert. Watson was one of the founding members of Irrunytju Arts and has sprung to prominence both nationally and internationally. He paints ancient and sacred stories associated with their lands known collectively as Tjukurrpa. His bold artwork is highly sought after.
A finalist of the Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards in 2002, 2003 & 2008 and held in all major public collections in Australia, plus a permanent presence at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, Holding the record at auction for a living Indigenous artist of $240,000 and underpinned by four further results in excess of $90,000
Artwork in the Musee du Quai Branly
Tommy Watson was one of eight Australian Indigenous Artists to be commissioned in 2003 to collaborate to produce artwork to be permanently installed in the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France, which opened in 2006. The painting Wipu rockhole (2006) was enlarged and reproduced on stainless steel tiles which adorn a ceiling within the museum, along with Aboriginal artists (Mawurndjul, Gulumbu Yunipingu, Paddy Bedford, Lena Nyadbi, Tommy Watson, Ningura Napurrula, Judy Watson and Michael Riley).
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