Ray Ken

(Australia 1940 – )

Amata, Southern Desert region
Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region, Yankunytjatjara, Southern Desert region

Ngayuku Ngura - My Country

Not on display
Further information

Ray Ken spent his childhood in Pukutja (formally known as Ernabella Mission), a small community approximately 330 km south west of Mparntwe (Alice Springs). As a young man he worked as a stockman and ringer at the surrounding cattle stations. Ken now lives in the small community of Amata, approximately 380 kilometres south of Mparntwe (Alice Springs).

Amata and its surrounding homelands are represented by Tjala Arts. This Aboriginal-owned and managed corporation was established by the women of Amata as Minymaku Arts (Ladies Arts) in 1997, but was renamed in 2006 to reflect the increased involvement of men in the centre. Tjala Arts not only provides the opportunity for Anangu Pitjantjatjara people to develop skills in fine arts, but also plays significant role in the well-being of the community and the maintenance of culture.

Prior to joining Tjala Arts in mid 2003, Ken had not painted for the market. He is now one of the leading artists working at Tjala Arts and is actively inspiring younger generations of Anangu men to become involved with the art centre.

Place of origin
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia, Australia
Cultural origin
synthetic polymer paint on linen
152.5 x 198.0 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for contemporary Aboriginal Art 2013
Accession number
© Ray Ken. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.