Studio Craft is very proud to offer beautiful Limited Edition prints by Tommy Watson.
Each image is limited to 75 numbered copies and Artist Proofs, printed on high quality 310 gsm paper.
Each image is available in one size only.
|Unframed - Small|
|image size = 75 x 100 cm
paper size = 90 x 112 cm
|Unframed - Large|
|image size = 100 x 120 cm
paper size = 112 x 130 cm
Please note: "Wipu" is only available in an oversize format, image size 1000 x 1600mm at $1,795.
If you would like your artwork framed please contact us at Studio Craft to find out more about our in-house framing service.
Tommy Watson Biography
Tommy Yannima Pikarli Watson was born in 1935 in Anumarapiti, 75 kilometers west of Irrunytju,also known as Wingellina, inWestern Australia, near the junction of its border with the Northern Territory and South Australia.He is a senior Pitjantjatara elder and Law man of Karima skin group. His given names of Yannima and Pikarli relate to specific sites near Anumarapiti.
Watson's mother died during his infancy and his father also died when he was about eight years old. He subsequently went to live with his father's brother, who himself died two years later. Tommy was then adopted by Nicodemus Watson, his father's first cousin. It was at this point that he went to live at Ernabella Mission, and adopted the surname Watson in addition to his Aboriginal birth name, thus becoming Tommy Yannima Pikarli Watson.
Nicodemus Watson became a strong father figure. Together they travelled widely, and Watson learned the traditional skills required to lead a nomadic existence in the desert, including the fashioning of tools and weapons from trees using burning coals, how and what to hunt, and how and where to find water. Under Nicodemus Watson's guidance, Watson learned about nature and his people's ancestral stories, collectively known to the Aboriginal peoples of Australia as Tjukurrpa]
Tommy Watson began painting in 2001, and was one of a handful of painters establishing the Irrunytju community art centre in 2001.
In 2003 Watson was one of eight Indigenous artists, alongside Paddy Bedford, John Mawurndjul, Ningura Napurrula, Lena Nyadbi, Michael Riley, Judy Watson and Gulumbu Yunupingu, who collaborated on a commission to provide works that decorate one of theMusée du quai Branly's four buildings completed in 2006.
In 2014 the Art Series Hotel Group named Watson as the first Indigenous artist to feature in the collection. Located in Adelaide, his namesake hotel The Watson features a collection of high-quality reproduction prints