Tommy Jones Kngwarreye


Born: 1948

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Irrweltye , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Caterpillar Dreaming

Tommy was born in 1948 at McDonald Down Station, Utopia, son of Jacob Jones and Dolly Kemarre. Tommy comes from a tradition of family painters, with his brothers Lenny, John and Freddie, and his sister Lily Sandover also being artists.

The main story painted by Tommy, from his father's country, is Caterpillar Dreaming. He describes it as 'black, green and grey. Looks like witchetty grub'.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Private in Australia, USA and Europe


2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Knoxville and Nashville
2004 The Utopia Men, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs