Tiger Yaltangki
Region: APY Lands

Tiger Yaltangki was born in 1973 and grew up in Indulkana in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of South Australia. He has painted through the local art centre Iwantja Arts for many years. Whimsy and fantasy inform his practice as he combines elements from Anangu culture with science ction and his love of music, which spans from ACDC to Hank Williams. Yaltangki’s works o er a unique image of contemporary life in his community and explore the divergent in uences that have shaped his world view. His distinctive approach to painting has attracted considerable attention in recent years, with works being included in a number of signi cant exhibitions in Australia and in exhibitions of APY art internationally.

Tiger Yaltangki’s innovative painting practice is in uenced by Anangu law, country and the artist’s love for science ction television. Growing up and working in the small community of Indulkana in the Southern Desert region, his works are as likely to include mamu spirits from his Pitjantjatjara culture as they are images inspired by popular culture. In paintings such as Doctor Who 2016, which will feature in The National 2017, Yaltangki populates his canvas with a cast of ambiguous gures layered with an array of linear shapes and graphic forms. Imbued with a sense of curiosity and humor, Yaltangki’s cast of characters exists in a dreamlike state where diverse in uences mingle and coalesce, evoking Anangu culture and place as well as the wonders of time travel and parallel universes that feature in the titular television series.