Ray Ken’s meticulous and controlled lines are a vast contrast to the vibrant and dynamic gestures of colour that Freddy Ken carves into his canvases, however, both artists express a sophisticated knowledge of country and Anangu culture through their paintings. The story of Kulata Tjuta celebrates the importance of the traditional craft of carving spears and the deep connection to those, past and present, who have fought to protect country. Senior men have always taught young men how to make Kulata, this tradition is alive and strong in these colour soaked contemporary paintings.'
RAY KEN draws on his traditional Anangu knowledge of land and law together with a bold colour palette and striking linear compositions to achieve a highly sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic. Ray Ken was a finalist in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award in both 2009 and 2011, and in 2013 was a finalist in the prestigious Western Australian Indigenous Art Award. His work has been collected by major Institutions and significant private collections.