c.1935 - 2017
Lived and worked in Anamaraptji, west of Irrunytju, WA
Yannima Tommy Watson
c.1935 - 2017
In 2005 Yannima Tommy Watson was commissioned to create Wipu Rockhole, now permanently installed on a ceiling at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris. This commission assisted in establishing his reputation as one of a handful of internationally acclaimed Aboriginal artists.
Yannima Tommy Watson worked as a stockman, a labourer and a road builder before becoming a painter. In 2001, in a small corrugated-iron shed at Irrunytju, he learned how to use acrylic paints on canvas. In a very short time, Yannima Tommy Watson became a master painter. He is now regarded as a peer of Clifford Possum Tjapaljarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Rover Thomas.
Yannima Tommy Watson’s paintings do not present the same imagery as do his contemporaries’ works; rather, he chose a form of abstraction to pictorialise his sacred stories from both his mother's and his grandfather's country, often singing his stories as he painted them.
\ Exhibitions featuring Yannima Tommy Watson
Yannima Tommy Watson & Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri
17 March — 1 April 2021
8 September — 13 September 2020
22 February — 10 March 2018
8 December 2015 — 15 January 2016
12 February — 20 February 2015
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