PILTATI

2011, Nyapari, South Australia

Synthetic polymer paint on linen

South Australian Government Grant and A.R. Ragless Bequest Fund 2012

Location: Concert Hall Foyer, UKARIA Cultural Centre

Generously on loan from the Art Gallery of South Australia.


Ginger Wikilyiri

Australia, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia. Born Kunumata, South Australia 1930

Keith Stevens

Australia, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia. Born Granite Downs Station, South Australia 1940


Ginger Wikilyiri and Keith Stevens are senior Pitjantjatara artists and cultural law men who have worked with Tjungu Palya art centre since its inception in 2005 in Nyapari, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in far north-west South Australia.

Piltati, their first collaborative work, is an epic painting both in scale and cultural content. It encompasses the journey involving the Wanampi ancestral beings, giant water serpents with the power to travel above and below ground and to take the form of Wait Kutjara (two initiated men). This painting represents an episode relating to the two Snake brothers and their two wives, who lived near Piltati, an area distinguished by a beautiful series of rock holes near Nyapari at the base of the Mann Ranges.

As senior custodians, both arias have cultural responsibilities for Piltati and regularly travel to the sites depicted. The idea to work together on painting a major Tjukurrpa (ancestral story) was inspired by a conversation during the opening celebration for the Gallery's Desert Country exhibition in 2010 as they were looking at Kaapa Mbitjana Tjampitjinpa's United, 1971, a significant early Central Desert board depicting cultural artefacts and men in ceremonial dress. The resulting work, Piltati, reinforces a contemporary link with the earliest beginnings of the desert art movement.

Location: Twin Peaks, Mt Barker Summit

In 2018, UKARIA received a donation of 47 abstract prints from the personal collection of Peter Freund, currently on display at our artist accomodation at Twin Peaks at the Mount Barker Summit.

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