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.”

in the shadow of goya’s bull 2011
pigment and acrylic on canvas
212 x 154 cm
names of natives 2011
pigment, acrylic and pencil on canvas
212 x 154 cm
bronze magic, vessel with bones 2008
Ochre, pigment, ink, carbon, acrylic on canvas
211 x 147.5 cm
heart shield 2008
Ochre, pigment, watercolour, gouache, pastel, acrylic on canvas
211.5 x 147.5 cm
kaikoura 2008
Pigment and acrylic on canvas
196 x 106 cm
in the shadows of goya, asmodea and la novillada 2008
Ochre, pigment, acrylic, carbon on canvas
211 x 147.5 cm
in the shadows of goya, el resguarrdo de tabacas 2008
Pigment, acrylic, carbon on canvas
196 x 106cm
kokowai, pounamu and centurian bronze 2008
Ochre, watercolour, charcoal, acrylic on canvas
197.5 x 106 cm