Simon Hogan | Artist Profile

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Simon Hogan was born circa 1930 in mid-western Spinifex between Paltju and Lingka. Simon’s exact age is unknown as dates of birth were estimated by the A.E.M. missionaries when the Spinifex people, on arrival at Cundeelee, were “sorted” into family groups, given English names and approximate dates of birth. During childhood two fathers, one born at Warakunu and the other at Munki raised Simon.

Simon’s mother’s country is around Tjulya. The Spinifex people were a relatively discreet southern Pitjantjatjara tribal group with ties to the north and east that lived a fully traditional hunter-gatherer life until the late 1950’s to early 1960s when most people either walked in to Ooldea and Cundeelee or were taken by AEM missionaries to Cundeelee Mission. As a late teenager or nyiingka living in seclusion from Aboriginal society prior to initiation into manhood, Simon and an older brother made an epic journey from the Spinifex lands to a Christian Mission at Mt. Margaret. He traveled there via the frontier mining towns of Laverton and Leonora. The older brother chose to stay at Mt. Margaret and Simon returned to the Great Victoria Desert and initiation into manhood. Some time after initiation Simon traveled across the Serpentine Lakes into South Australia to find a wife. He married Inyika and they had two of their seven children in country before going to Cundeelee Mission around 1960. A second wife, Ngantiri, also traveled in with Simon’s family group. From 1995 Simon Hogan was a prominent member of a group of senior traditional owners from Spinifex country who lobbied the WA State Government for Native Title. Although Simon spoke no English he was a confident, initiated Pitjantjatjara man who spoke to senior government officials regarding ownership of country and culture. Exclusive Native Title rights were granted to Simon Hogan and the Spinifex people in 2000 of over 55 000 square kms of the Great Victoria Desert in WA. In 1997 the Spinifex people began painting with acrylic paints on canvas, painting traditional stories using this contemporary medium. Simon again took a leading working with intense concentration and focus to translate Tjukurpa (stories or mythologies) into public artworks. The Spinifex people also produced collaborative works - two of which, men’s’ and women’s’, were used in the preamble to the successful Spinifex Native Title claim.

Simon is an effusive individual who introduces himself as “Mr. Hogan” and will happily recount his many exhibition travels throughout Australia and the world. For over a decade he carried a photo of himself and Gough Whitlam in his wallet until the photo eventually disintegrated. The photo was taken during the 1998 Pila Nguru Native Title touring exhibition. The Whitlams were invited to open the exhibition in Canberra. In 2009 Simon traveled to Linz, Austria to be an Artist in Residence during the 2009, Linz Cultural Capital of Europe Exposition. He is a tireless ambassador for Spinifex custom and culture. In 2015 well into his 80’s he travelled to London representing the Spinifex people at an exhibition at the British Museum, where he met with HRH Prince Charles.

Over the years Simon Hogan’s enthusiasm and focus for painting on linen has not diminished. His status as a painter in his own community and on a national and international level has steadily increased over these years making him one of the most sought after Spinifex artists. His works feature in many public and private collections.

Simon Hogan is a finalist in the prestigious Western Australian Indigenous Art Award.


Acrylic on linen and canvas



Group Exhibitions

2017 'Spinifex' Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia
2017 Spinifex: Aboriginal Paintings from the Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levi Collection, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno,Nevada. U.S.A.
2016 Pila Nguratja - In Spinifex Country Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2016 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award (Individual and Mens Collaborative). Museums and ArtGallery NT. Darwin.
2016 Rawa Nyinanyi- Unbroken. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.2016 Exposition Spinifex Arts Project, Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art, Belgium
2016 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide. S.A.
2016 Tjungutja – Art of the Spinifex Collaborative, Redot Fine Art Gallery, Singapore.
2016 Purungu und Narrupa Sammlung, in association with P. & A. Klein and ArtKelch, Kunstwerk, Germany
2015 Spinifex Arts Project 2015. Aboriginal and Pacific Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2015 Tarnanthi - Festival of Comtemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide. SA.
2015 Wo das Stachelkopfgras wachst. ArtKelch, Freibery, Germany
2015 Kulunypa- selected small works from the Spinifex Arts Project. Outstation Gallery, Darwin. N.T.
2015 Indigenous Australia enduring civilisation, The British Museum, London
2015 Spinifex Artists, Japingka Gallery, Fremantle W.A
2014 Tjuntjuntjara Nguratja- Tjuntjuntjara is home Harvey Art Projects, Sun Valley, Idaho, USA
2014 Pila- Spinifex Land Outstation Gallery, Parap, Darwin. NT.
2014 Tjuntjuntjara, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2014 'Spinifex Arts Project 2014', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2014 'Spinifex Tjukurpa' ReDot Gallery, Singapore.
2013 'Salon des Refuses', Outstation and Paul Johnstone Galleries in the Old bank building Smith and Bennet st Darwin, Darwin, N.T. (Men's Collaborative).
2013 'The Wild Ones' Raft Artplace, Alice Springs, N.T.
2013 'Spinifex Arts Project' ArtKelch, Freiburg, Munich, Hamburg, Bodensee, Lake Constance, Germany.
2013 'Kuwaritja - New Works of the Spinifex People' Outstation Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory.
2012 'Tupun Nguranguru – People of the Sandhill Country' 45 Downstairs Gallery, Vivien Anderson, Melbourne.
2012 'Spinifex - People of the Sun and Shadow' John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
2011 'Uwankara – Whole lot of Everything: Paintings from the APY/NPY Lands and Spinifex Country 2002-2011', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2011 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle WA
2011 'Living Water- Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert', National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 'Desert Mob, Araluen Galleries', Alice Springs, NT.
2010 'Desert Country' Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, S.A. and national tour.
2010 'Spinifex Artists', Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, WA.
2010 'Spinifex Arts Project 2010', Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art Now', Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe USA in association with Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne, VIC.
2010 Spinifex Survey Exhibition, Short St Gallery, Broome, WA
2009 Walka Putitja, Short St Gallery, Broome WA
2009 'Tracking the Wati Kutjara' Coo-ee Gallery, Sydney, N.S.W.
2009 'Spinifex Artists' Ab-Original Gallery, Austria.
2009 'Spinifex Artists 2009' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2009 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2008 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT.
2008 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards', Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth WA (Men’s Collaborative)
2008 'Spinifex Artists Recent Work' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2008 'Kapi Ninti: Knowing Water Knowing Country, Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne
2007 'Best of the Best' Framed Gallery Darwin, N.T.
2007 Seattle Arts Museum, Seattle
2007 'Ten Years On' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2007 'New Spinifex Works' Short St Gallery, Broome, W.A.
2007 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2006 'Spinifex - New Works' Marshall Arts, Adelaide, S.A.
2006 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T.
2006 'Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Perth, W.A.
2006 Flinders Lane Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2005 'Law and Land' Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
2005 'Spinifex Artists' Rebecca Hossack Gallery, London, England.
2005 'Desert Mob' Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, N.T. Pila Nguru-Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands Coo-ee Arts, Sydney Desert Mob Show, Araluen Galleries
2005 'Spinifex Mob' Coo-ee Arts, Sydney, N.S.W.
2004 'Spinifex Arts Project' Harbour House Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland.
2004 'Colour Power - Aboriginal Art post 1984' National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic. National Gallery of Victoria Harbour House gallery, Zurich; Short St Gallery, Broome
2003 'Spinifex Paintings' Raintree Gallery, Darwin, N.T.
2003 'Spinifex Arts Project 2003' Span Galleries, Melbourne, Vic.
2002 'Native Title Business – Contemporary Indigenous Art', Australian national tour
2002 'Putitja Nguru - Art of the Spinifex People' Japingka Gallery, Fremantle, W.A.
2001 'All About Art' Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic.
2001 Broken Hill City Regional Art Gallery, Broken Hill, N.S.W.
2001 Flinders Arts Museum, Adelaide, S.A.
2001 Spiral Arm Gallery, Canberra. A.C.T.
2001 Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, Darwin, N.T.
2000 'Pila Nguru - Art and Song of the Spinifex People' Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A and national tour.


The Art Gallery of New South Whales, Sydney, NSW (Men's Collaborative)
British Museum, London, England
ARTBANK, Australian Government Collection, Australia
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT.
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
Staatliches Museum fur Volkerkunde, Munich, Germany British Museum, London, England.
Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA. (Men's Collaborative)
Western Australian Museum, Perth, W.A.
The Patrick Corrigan Collection, Sydney, New South Wales.
W. & V. McGeoch Collection
Harriet and Richard England Collection
The Lepley Collection, Perth, Western Australia.


2016 Finalist (Mens Collaborative) 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums andArt Galleries, Darwin, N.T
2016 Finalist 33rd Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Museums and Art Galleries, Darwin, N.T
2016 Finalist (Highly Commended) Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, SA Museum, Adelaide. S.A.
2015 Finalist Western Australian Indigenous Art Award, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A.
2013 Finalist 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award (Men's Collaborative)
2008 Finalist: WA Indigenous Art Awards, Perth, W.A.

2013 '30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Art Award' (Men's Collaborative). Museums and Art Gallery NT. Darwin.
2013 Jukurpa Calendar 2014. IAD Press. Alice Springs.
2013 Rothwell, Nicolas. “Dilemma of difference in indigenous art awards”, The Australian August 13, 2013
2012 Hacket, J. Forrest, S. Malcolm, C. Cane, S. Carty, J. Lane, C. Cruthers, J. Chadwick, R. Allerton, L.'Spinifex: People of the Sun and Shadow' (exh. cat) John Curtin Gallery, Perth. W. A.
2012 Jorgensen, D.J. 2012, 'No Place Without Other Places: Spinifex Arts Project at fifteen years', ARTLINK: Australian contemporary art quarterly, 32, 2, pp. 86-87.
2012 Rothwell, Nicolas. "Paintings of lifetimes in the desert" The Australian, August 6th 2012.
2010 Cumpston, N. 2010, Desert Country (exh. cat.), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA
2009 Art Gallery of Western Australia, 'Western Australia Indigenous Art Awards 2008' Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, W.A.
2002 Cane,S. 'Pila Nguru: The Spinifex People', Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, WA.

Artworks of Simon Hogan

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