Yannima Tommy Watson

c.1935 - 2017
Lived and worked in Anamaraptji, west of Irrunytju, WA

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. 

\ Artworks

ARAN (Cat. TWR3)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

IYARKA

2010 \ Acrylic on linen \ 102.5 x 151cm framed

SOLD

IYARKA (Cat No. TWR7)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Iyarka (Cat No. TWR10)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

SOLD

Kapi Piti (Cat No. TWKM94)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Kapi Piti (Cat No. TWR9)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Kututu Yiwara (Cat No. TWKM8)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Ngayuka Ngura (Cat No. TWR4)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Ngayuka Ngura (Cat No. TWR5)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Pikarli (Cat No. TWR1)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Pikarli (Cat No. TWR6)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm

Pukara (TWKM18)

2013 \ Acrylic on linen on board \ 90x120cm

POA

Pukara (TWKM19)

2013 \ Acrylic on linen on board \ 90x120cm

POA

Pukara

2012 \ Acrylic on linen \ 90x120cm

POA

Untitled

2010 \ Ink on paper \ 90 x 70.5cm framed

SOLD

Untitled II

2010 \ Ink on paper \ 90 x 70.5cm framed

SOLD

WIPU (Cat No. TWKM93)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

WIPU (Cat No. TWKM95)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Walpanja (Cat No. TWR8)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Walu (Cat No. TWKM9)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

SOLD

Walu (Cat No. TWR2)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

SOLD

Walu

2010 \ Acrylic on linen \ 165x188.5cm

SOLD

Walunja (Cat No. TWKM7)

2013 \ Acrylic on board \ 37.5 x 27.5cm framed

Wankamaralj Kulpi (Cat No. TWKM27OCT)

2014 \ Acrylic on linen \ 180 x 244cm

Wati Kutjara AETW20KM

2013 \ Acrylic on linen \ 90x120cm

SOLD

Wipu

2015 \ Acrylic on linen \ 182 x 302cm

\ Exhibitions featuring Yannima Tommy Watson

ICON

Yannima Tommy Watson & Bill Whiskey Tjapaltjarri

17 March — 1 April 2021

Spring

Group Exhibition

8 September — 13 September 2020

Masterpieces from the Western Desert

Group Exhibition

22 February — 10 March 2018

Selected Indigenous Paintings

Group Exhibition

8 December 2015 — 15 January 2016

Transcendence

Group Exhibition

12 February — 20 February 2015

Contact Us

to find out more about Yannima Tommy Watson.

12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
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