National Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about Indigenous shared histories, cultures, and achievements. The Walker art collection includes significant pieces by celebrated indigenous artists, take a tour of these important works.
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Yaritji Young - Tjala Tjurkurpa
These two vibrant pieces form part in a series composed by traditional owner of Tjala country, Yaritji Young, called the Tjala Tjurkurpa (Honey Ant Story). The series tells the story of the honey ants, a favoured food source, which burrow underground beneath the Mulga trees. The twisted lines and shapes imply the tunnels (nyinantu) and cavities formed by the ants, and also the drill holes by the Pitjantjatjara people from when they go searching for them.
Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson - Ngyauku Ngura
Yannima Pikarli (Tommy Watson) is internationally recognised as one of the most significant aboriginal artists of our time and is considered a pioneer of contemporary indigenous abstraction. The culmination of his artistic career is undoubtedly his 6 x 8 metre masterpiece, Ngayuku Warnka Tjukurpa, the largest and most impressive painting by an individual Aboriginal artist. You can find this piece on display in the lobby of Tower Five.
Find another Watson piece “Ngyauku Ngura” on display in the lobby of Tower Three, you will also find a piece by Esther Giles Nampitjinpa in this lobby space.