Zaachariaha Fielding

Artist portrait by Nat Rogers, courtesy of AGSA

“I was raised on desert country in the eastern Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands and come from a long line of multi-disciplinary artists. I am compelled to make work that honours the visual language of my ancient culture.”

Well known in Australia and abroad as one half of electronic music duo ‘Electric Fields’, Zaachariaha Fielding comes from a strong family lineage of artists and storytellers. His energetic and visceral paintings exist as contemporary works whilst acknowledging and honouring the visual language of his culture.

Born in Port Augusta (1991), Fielding moved back to the community of Mimili, the ancestral country of his grandfather in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in 1998, a move that would be imperative to the artists creative practice. Fielding’s paintings are embedded with iconography that acknowledge and pay respect to tradition, Aṉangu culture and his inherited Tjukurpa (ancestral knowledge and law).

Currently based in South Australia, Fielding’s work has been recognised in major art awards this year, most notably as a finalist in the Ramsay Art Prize at Art Gallery of South Australia and the forthcoming National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards at Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory.

His work is currently held in important public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Artbank and numerous private collections.

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