About this artwork
In Eric Barney’s paintings of Yankunytjatjara Country, mark-making is a form of mapping. Barney defines the terrain of his country by carving out sections of colour, the paint energetically applied to the canvas with a sense of rhythm and purpose. Barney interprets the rocky desert country around Indulkana Community through colour, tone and form. His powerfully understated paintings depict Tjukula (rock-holes), and the knowledge of these vitally important water sources that have sustained Anangu for generations.
About Eric Barney
Eric Barney grew up in Indulkana Community, where he continues to live and work. Working with Iwantja Arts since 2008, Eric Barney is a dedicated painter as well as an arts worker, preparing canvas and providing studio support for his fellow artists. Eric Barney has been guided and mentored on painting technique and cultural protocol by the senior men at Iwantja Arts, Peter Mungkuri, Alec Baker and Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey, and he has worked alongside these Elders on a number of collaborative artwork projects.