aboriginal artist: Mr Barney

Mr Barney paints with strong colours and a powerful simplicity, he interprets the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands of his home country.

Eric Barney grew up in Indulkana Community, and he continues to live there. He is a talented painter with a unique, expressive style.

Eric commenced painting in 2008 with Iwantja Art Centre.  Eric has been guided and mentored on painting techniques and protocol by the senior men at Iwantja Arts, Peter Mungkari, Alec Baker and Kunmanara (Jimmy) Pompey. Eric is a dedicated painter and arts-worker, providing studio support for his fellow artists and working alongside the senior men on a number of collaborative artwork projects, along with his own artistic practice.

Eric uses strong colours in his powerful works, depicting the remote APY Lands in aerial perspectives. These colours are evocative of the sun-bleached desert sandhills and rugged bushland. Eric’s landscapes are dotted with a brashness and integrity that boldly capture the essence of the majestic desert country.