Agathon Gallery, NSW Cat No. AGTW1010090257
Olsen Gallery, NSW Cat No. 7808
Private Collection, NSW
Cooee Art MarketPlace
Cooee Art Gallery
Tommy Watson’s bold paintings style reflected his ritual authority and power. He did not begin paintings on canvas until late in life but from the moment his works appeared they created a storm of interest.
Depicted in this work is a major rockhole site at his birthplace, Pirupa Alka not far from Kata Juta and Uluru. During the major battle between the White Cocktoo and the Eagle, white feathers were scattered about and the landscape became indented by the entangled protagonists crashing to the ground several times. Subterranean streams filled these impressions with water and a circular amphitheatre was created by the sweep of wings. Today, a large, central, glowing white rock signifies the fallen cockatoo, still sipping the life-giving water from the sacred pools. In keeping with the depiction of Dreaming stories throughout the Western Desert, the mythic and numinous is inherent within the sacred geography.Share