Judy Watson

Australian indigenous art has a broad reputation as being innovative; but few artists are as intriguing as Judy Watson. While her work takes its inspiration from the land and traditions of the Waanyi culture, Watson distils her distinctive stained canvases into poetic abstractions that have the power to speak to all.

Margie West comments: “Even though the messages in her work are often tough, they are conveyed in an almost subliminal and subtle way, to be discovered in the layering of the surface and the imagery that floats mirage-like on it.”

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beerburrum 2005
Carbon ink and acrylic on canvas
179 x 195 cm
coonowrin (crook neck) 2005
Carbon ink and acrylic on canvas
198 x 196 cm
two canoes 2004
pigment, pastel and acrylic on canvas
288 x 212 cm
birth chart 2002
Pigment and chalk on canvas
190 x 114 cm
blue vessel 2002
Pigment and acrylic on canvas
189 X 113 cm
burnt shield 2002
Acrylic, ash and charcoal on canvas
190 x 118 cm
Prato – Judy Watson, April 2002(13)
bluebottle 2002
Pigment and acrylic on linen
194 x 111 cm