Installation view of Timo Hogan’s work on display in NGV Triennial from 3 December 2023 – 7 April 2024 at NGV International, Melbourne. Photo: Sean Fennessy

Timo Hogan

Photo: Philip Gostelow

Timo Hogan
Pitjantjatjara born 1973

Level 2
NGV International
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Born in Kalgoorlie, Timo Hogan’s early life was marked by his family’s experience during the Maralinga atomic bomb tests. After his mother’s death, he moved to Mt Margaret and later settled in Warburton, drawing closer to his father’s traditional lands. Fluent in Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and English, Hogan’s artistic journey in many ways began in 2004 with Ninuku Arts, where his paintings focused on Lake Baker, his sacred ancestral territory. After a decade-long hiatus, Hogan resumed painting, passionately representing his Country and its powerful, perilous salt lake. He declared his renewed love for art, dedicating himself to preserving and showcasing Lake Baker’s significance in his work.

Timo Hogan was born in 1973 and grew up with stories of life in the Spinifex Lands. He spent his formative years in Mount Margaret, Western Australia, with his father Neville McArthur and his stepmother Alkawari. Once they moved to Warburton, closer to his father’s traditional lands, McArthur took Hogan to all the culturally significant places. He wanted to introduce him to the Country, to the spirit caretakers and teach him the law. Hogan now paints his Country, the vast salt lake Lake Baker, which he now has cultural obligations to look after. In 2021 Hogan’s Lake Baker was the overall winner in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.

Purchased with funds donated by Chris Thomas AM and Cheryl Thomas, 2021