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Tony Wilson / Yunga Kauwanu (Uncle on Mother’s Side – Family Series) (21-90)

91cm x 76cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 21-90


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Tony Wilson is multi-disciplinary artist based in South Australia. He creates intricate and evocative artworks that explore themes of identity, collective resonance and connectedness. Heavily influenced by his cultural heritage, interactions with people and environment, Tony’s work propels us to “the space between our thoughts”. They call us to reconnect to our inner-selves while examining our relationships and the impact our interactions have on each other and our environment.

”The combination of growing up in working class suburbs of Adelaide and my Aboriginal/Italian heritage forced me at a very young age to question and discover my place in the world. Art and travel have and continue to allow me to navigate my way on my journey and feel a sense of ‘home’ whenever and wherever I am creating.”

Self-empowerment and the therapeutic potential of art plays a central theme in Tony’s artistic practice that extends into local communities. He is passionate about sharing knowledge and connecting with young people through his work in local schools where he has led youth engagement programs including art mentoring programs for over 18 years. Tony artistic work also includes digital art, graphic design and photography.

Selected Solo / Group Exhibitions

• ‘Seven Sisters, exploring Aboriginal Cosmology’, Hearth Gallery, Healesville, Victoria

• ‘Spaces’ Guildhouse, Adelaide Town Hall, South Australia

• ‘Tarnanthi’, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
• ‘Searching for Dreaming’, Solo Exhibition, Fontanelle Gallery, Port Adelaide
• ‘Our Mob’ Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
• ‘Vietnam – One in, All In’ Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide

• ‘Interconnections’ Solo Exhibition, Tandanya Cultural Institute, Adelaide
• ‘Our Mob’ Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide

• ‘Our Mob’ Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
• ‘Tarnanthi in the Port’ Solo Exhibition, Fontanelle Gallery, Port Adelaide

• ‘Peace is Personal’ Black Diamond Gallery, Port Adelaide

Selected Collections
• Tandanya Cultural Institute
• Adelaide Festival Centre
• 2020 Carlton AFL Indigenous Jersey – Designer

• 2018 Don Dunstan Foundation Emerging Artist Prize – Our Mob Exhibition, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
• 2017 PAE ATSI Award ‘Contributions to the Arts’ 2017, Adelaide
• 2016 People’s Choice Award. Peace in Personal Exhibition, Port Adelaide, South Australia

This painting comes from the ‘Family’ series. It’s an acknowledgement to Leaders in our community, not only past and present but also our future leaders. Also, to those who inspire others to be the best version of themselves. It suggests the importance of how our present choices have impact on the people and environment now and into the future. It’s about empowering ourselves through empowering others. My family’s recent search of my Great Grandfathers lineage inspired the creation of this series of paintings.

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