Tommy Watson (TW-1020) – My Country (90cm x 150cm)

Tommy Watson (TW-1020) – My Country (90cm x 150cm)


Acrylic on Linen

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SKU: TW-1020
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Product Description

Artist: Tommy Watson
Painting: My Country
Size: 90cm x 150cm
Medium: Acrylic on Linen

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Tommy Watson is a senior Pitjantjatjara elder and law man, born around 1935 at Anamarapiti, a homeland 75kms south of the present day community of Irrunytju (Wingellina) in Western Australia, one of the country’s most arid regions. As a young man, Watson lived a semi-nomadic lifestyle with his family, walking thousands of kilometres from waterhole to waterhole. Their country was in the western reaches of the Gibson Desert, which missionaries entered when he was a young man. Over this time he absorbed vital information about where drinking water and various sources of nutrition could be found. As an adult, Watson became a stockman at Mount Ebenezer, then Yuendumu where he established an enviable reputation as a feared warrior as well as a horseman. He later returned to his homelands to live a largely traditional indigenous lifestyle, a life deeply involved with ceremony and connection to the land. Watson began painting in 2002 following the establishment of the Irrunytju community art centre in 2001, of which Watson was a founding member and he has since sprung to prominence both nationally and internationally.