Tommy Watson – Yannima Pikarli

Tommy Watson is a senior Pitjantjatara elder and Law man of Karima (Karimara) skin group. His given names of Yannima and Pikarli relate to specific sites near Anumarapiti. During his lifetime he was described by one critic as "the greatest living painter of the Western Desert".

Tommy Yannima Pikarli Watson (also known as Yannima Pikarli or Tommy Watson) was thought to be born in the early 1930’s in Anumarapiti, just west of a small community called Irrunytju (also known as Wingellina), on the WA side of the tri-state borders of Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia.


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Anumarapiti – 2013 by Tommy Watson – Yannima PikarliAnumarapiti – 2013
Acrylic on Canvas
180 x 244 cm
Pangkalangu – 2013 by Tommy Watson – Yannima PikarliPangkalangu – 2013
Acrylic On Linen
169 x 207 cm
Tali – 2013 by Tommy Watson – Yannima PikarliTali – 2013
Acrylic On Linen
182 x 122 cm
Untju Alkata – 2017 by Tommy Watson – Yannima PikarliUntju Alkata – 2017
Acrylic On Linen
93 x 153 cm