Simon HOGAN: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Simon Hogan is a senior Spinifex Artist and has impeccable knowledge of his country. He has depicted several significant sites, all associated with water as this is the life source in an arid environment and is usually culturally guarded by a Wanampi (Magical Water Serpent). Simon has cultural and paternal authority to paint and speak for the sites depicted. In this painting
Simon has grouped the key sites together with Lingkanya being the main and largest of the water sources and it is here where the Walawaru Tjukurpa (Wedge Tail Eagle Creation Line) is held and tells how the Wati Walawaru (Eagle Man) took a wife back to Lingka only to have her escape into the surrounding country. He was left searching for her from above trace her footprints to no avail. The other two sites depicted are Paltju and Tjinning. The trees growing up from the water sources also hold special Tjukurpa (creation stories). (Artwork certificate 2017).
Artist/Maker and role
Simon HOGAN: artist
synthetic polymer paint on linen
137.0 x 198.0cm
Credit line
Purchased through the TomorrowFund, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2018
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.