Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson: Pitjantjatjara Master

1 - 30 April 2021

An exclusive selection of paintings from the late Pitjantjatjara master's oeuvre


Watson is a master of invention and arguably the outstanding painter of the Western Desert. Each painting tells a specific story, but the most impressive feature is the artist's use of colour. Like Matisse, Watson knows that one may have warm and cool shades of red, warm and cool shades of blue. But he knows this instinctively, without any formal training. What he knows cannot be verbalised and cannot be taught, yet no one could see these paintings and not be convinced of their profundity.

John McDonald Critic Sydney Morning Herald