Ray Ken

Tali tjukurpa (sand dune country)

Medium
acrylic on linen
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Ray Ken is a senior artist from the Amata community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) region in South Australia. His paintings reflect his intimate knowledge of the landscape and reminisce about long journeys traversing the sand hills of his country as a stockman. He also shares his deep understanding of Anangu culture.

‘When we are resting, it will be the young fellas’ turn to look after our country. This is the Anangu way. As they’ve been growing up, they’ve been learning how our stories can make you strong inside – and to be strong is to keep culture safe so that nothing can take it away.’

Ray Ken, 2017