Author(s): Yannima Tommy Watson
This large and sumptuously illustrated monograph presents the spectacular painting of a master colourist - Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson. A Pitjantjatjana elder who maintains his home and studio in Alice Springs, he still travels extensively across his 'Country' to fulfil traditional obligations. Watsons 'Dreamtime' stories, inherited from his family, relate to sites and geographical features within his 'Country'; all his paintings are of these designated places. While no two paintings are alike, the characteristics of each place can be recognised. Watson is now regarded as a major figure within the contemporary Indigenous art movement and his work is known overseas by virtue of his designs for ceiling panels in France's Museé du quai Branly. An exhibition of his extraordinary abstract paintings will soon be held in Paris and, for this reason, the book contains a French translation of the text.