KEITH STEVENS - PILTATI
12 FEBRUARY - 7 MARCH 2020
Opening 6pm-8pm Wednesday 12 February
Keith Stevens is a Pitjantjatjara artist born in the far north of South Australia at Granite Downs cattle station where his parents were working in the 1940s. Following in his parents’ footsteps he was mustering at an early age and had no schooling until moving to Pukatja (Ernabella) as a young boy where he attended the mission school. Keith's family would travel for weekends to their traditional homelands of Piltati and Iwarrawarra, eventually moving to Piltati creek at what is now Nyapari Community, where Keith currently resides.
Keith is a respected senior man in traditional law and a strong community leader. He comes from an artistic family: his mother Kunmanara (Eileen Yaritja) Stevens and his uncles Kunmanara (Tiger) Palpatja and Ginger Wikilyiri are well known for their depictions of Piltati, the location of the major ancestral narrative for Nyapari, the Wanampi Tjukurpa (Rainbow Snake Ancestral Men Dreaming).
Keith Stevens’s ancestral homelands provide the platform for human and other dramas as rich and monumental in scale as any conceived by Shakespeare, Molière or for that matter, the creators of great Indian epics like The Ramayana.
Image: Keith Stevens, Piltati 2019, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, 199 x 199 cm
Provenance: Tjungu Palya SA cat no 19-096