Peter Tjutjatja Taylor

Skin name: Japaljarri
Language: Arrernte
Date of birth: 1944-12-31
From: South Australia
Community: Alice Springs : NT



KWEMENTYAYE (PETER TJUTJATA) TAYLOR passed away in November 2014. He was a senior Southern Arrernte (Pertame) / Luritja man who began his career as a watercolour landscape painter in the early 1990s. Peter was born into a large family at Oodnadatta in South Australia. His father worked as a station hand in the Central Desert region and as a small boy Peter accompanied his father as he worked stations from Horse Shoe Bend through to Hermannsburg 120km West of Alice Springs.

These early years in Hermannsburg shaped Peter’s lifelong interest in painting. The picturesque location of Hermannsburg set amongst the West MacDonnell Ranges captured his imagination. Furthermore he was inspired by the works of Albert Namatjira and his contemporaries and wished to emulate these artists and their style.

After completing his schooling in Adelaide Peter returned to live in Alice Springs. Peter spent many hours painting alongside Clem Abbott and Keith Namatjira where he further developed the initial drawing and painting skills he had learnt at school. Peter has painted all of his adult life and is a skilled mature watercolour artist.

He painted regularly at the Desert Park where his son Doug works as a wildlife and cultural guide.

Peter travelled to Shanghai in 2013 as part of a Desart program and his work is exhibited in numerous private collections and important galleries.


  • 1991 Australian Aboriginal Art from the Donald Kahn collection
  • Dreamings – Tjukurrpa: Aboriginal art of the Western Desert Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
  • 2003 Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2006 Hermannsburg School of Art – Watercolour Exhibition, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2008 Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
  • 2008 The Namatjira circle-landscapes of Central Australia, Birrung Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2012 Damian Minton Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2012 The Lockup, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2012 Regional Art Gallery, Burnie, TAS
  • 2012 Art Mob, Launceston, TAS
  • 2012 Art Mob, Hobart, TAS
  • 2012 Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston, VIC
  • 2012 Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, SA
  • 2012 Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2012 Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD
  • 2012 Shadow and Light, CCAE, Darwin, NT
  • 2012 The Beyond Billabong Fundraiser, QLD
  • 2013 The Namatjira Legacy, Tali Gallery, Sydney, NSW
  • 2013 Contemporary Aboriginal Art From Australia, Château de l’Etang, Paris
  • 2013 Living Watercolours, Southbank Centre, London
  • 2014 Five Generations: The Strength of Namatjira’s Legacy, Araluen Galleries, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2014 RightNow, Boomalli, Sydney, NSW
  • 2014 Regeneration, Metropolis Gallery, Geelong, VIC
  • 2014 The Men Artists of the Hermannsburg School of Art, Talapi Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
  • 2014 Namatjira to Now, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
  • 2015 Hermannsburg Horizons, Wooloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD


  • Donald Kahn Collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami
  • The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA
  • Lasseter’s Casino, Alice Springs
  • Princess Anne Collection


  • 2012 Magabala Australian Indigenous Diary


  • 2011 Aboriginal Australia, Tourism Australia,
  • 2012 Learning from the greats, ABC Alice Springs
  • 2013 Destruction of meeting place, the twin gums of Albert Namatjira, ABC Alice Springs
  • 2013 TV commercial, Great Southern Rail
  • 2014 Ntaria artists paint Alice Plaza Mural, Caama news

Special Projects

  • 2014 Public Art, selected design for the Alice Plaza mural, Alice Springs

Group exhibitions

  • 2019
    Tjina Nurna-ka, Pmarra Nurn-kanha, Itla Itla Nurn-kanha (Our family, our country, our legacy), Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide SA


  • 2017 Queensland Art Gallery Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD