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Kutuji (Shield)

Errol Evans


  • Year


  • Medium

    carved and incised Utjanypa (Iron wood)

  • Size

    83 L x 25 H x 18cm W

Errol Evans is a Djabugay and Western Yalanji man originally from far North Queensland. He splits his time living and working between Homelands at Railway Bore, near Indulkana in remote South Australia and his home Country in far north Queensland. Errol is a highly skilled wood (punu) artist, known for embodying sophisticated cultural narratives in large carved forms including spears, nyura (mob), tjutinypa (club) and kutitji (shields). In carving these large objects, Errol usually begins with a chainsaw to rough out the form before using other mechanised and manual tools to painstakingly shape these highly refined artefacts. Kutitji Chair (shield), designed by Errol Evans and Trent Jansen, resulted from Errol’s passion for carving large objects. This project developed as a sketch exchange between Errol and Trent, starting with a drawing by Errol, incorporating traditional weapons and shields as components of a chair. Through several iterations of call and response, Errol and Trent refined this idea to mimic Errol’s beautifully refined, large shield forms. The collaboration resulting in a simple chair structure that draws on the idiosyncratic lines and surfaces of these artefacts. Kutitji Chair (Shield) is an expression of Errol’s concern about the impacts of climate change and the drying out of Country that is affecting local ecosystems. He sees these shields as a defence against changing times.

Exhibition Artist Errol Evans

  • Born

    "Yalanji Peoples, Qld b.1974 Gimuy | Cairns, Qld"

  • Lives & Works

    "lives & works Railway Bore, near Indulkana, An–angu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands), SA"

"Errol Evans (Yalanji Peoples) is originally from Djabugay and Western Yalanji Country in far north Queensland. He was trained by his grandfather Ron Reynolds as a teenager, spending his time carving during the holidays.

Tanya and Errol are a husband and wife carving team, living and working at Railway Bore, near Indulkana, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY Lands), South Australia. The couple form a strong artistic team, weaving together the making traditions of the tropics and the desert.

Together, this wife and husband team bring together the traditions and approaches of both the wet
tropics and the desert. Tanya, Errol, and her youngest daughter live together with Tanya’s Hungarian father in Railway Bore, where they work from an established family-run carving workshop. During the hot summer months, the family live in north Queensland, working alongside Errol’s family."

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