Raymond Walters: Me, My Life
11 May 2018 to 27 May 2018
Where is your kurunpa - your soul, your spirit? Every drop or stroke of paint, raw and free flowing or still and purposed is me, my life.
Art is Tjukurrpa (dreaming, knowledge of creation).
It's an heirloom, it's passing on the story.
It's important to keep that story intact.
It's about understanding what you can't see.
It's the energy at every point of creation
It's connecting with yourself, your story, culture, law and family,
when you're in the art, you'll find the connections.
My name is Raymond Walters; Penangk is my Anmatyere skin name. Although I was born in Alice Springs (Mbantua - Central Arrente country), I belong to the Anmatyerre language group, situated approximately 300 km north/west and north/east of Alice Springs. I also have strong family ties to the Warlpiri, Kayteye, Alywarre, Arrente and Western Aranda language groups.
Art allows me to share the richness of Anmatyerre traditional, cultural and customary law which has been passed down through ceremonies and everyday interactive learning by our grandparents and extended family members. I am proudly linked to some of the most amazing sought after Anmatyerre artists such as Jack Cook Ngal, Kudditj Kngwarreye, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Minnie Pwerle, Margaret Scobie, Maureen Hudson, Gloria Petyerre, Barbara Weir, Kathleen Petyerre, and Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri who have showcased our culture to the world audience through exhibitions and featuring in highly sought after collections, continuing the world’s longest art tradition.
I have adopted a contemporary abstract and very unique style of painting, using a wide range of colours and textures depicting the energy of Jukurrpa (Dreaming Stories) and song lines that belong to my grandfather's country Ngarleyekwerleng (Yuendumu) and my grandmother's country Alhalkere (Utopia).