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Dolly visits Indulkana



Kaylene Whiskey


26 Jun 1976 –

Language group: Yankunytjatjara, Southern Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Indulkana South Australia Australia
    Media categories
    Mixed media painting , Painting
    Materials used
    acrylic on linen with plastic jewels
    168.0 x 198.5 x 2.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2020
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Kaylene Whiskey

    Reproduction requests

    Archibald Prize
    - 2020
    Artist information
    Kaylene Whiskey

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Kayleen Whiskey is a legend in the making. Her figurative works, with their pop culture references to all her favourite things, are famous for putting smiles on people's faces. Singers such as Dolly Parton, Cher, Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, and Michael Jackson make regular appearances in her works, alongside superheros such as Anangu (Aboriginal) Wonder Woman, Cat Woman and Superman. So too do junk food giants KFC and Coke partake in mythical scenarios with creation beings and Australian flora and fauna in a way that only Kayleen’s imagination could possibly dream.

    ‘It’s one of my dreams for Dolly to come and visit me in Indulkana,’ says Whiskey. ‘I love to listen to her music while I paint: “9 to 5”, “Coat of many colours”, “Jolene”, and my number one, “Islands in the stream,” with Kenny Rogers. I often think, “If Dolly came to visit, what would she do? What would she say? And what would she be wearing?”

    ‘I had a lot of fun bringing Dolly to Indulkana on the canvas. Once I had finished the painting I thought, “You know what? Dolly needs more sparkles”, so I added the plastic jewels as the finishing touch!” Kaylene Whiskey 2020

    This work was a finalist in the Archibald Prize 2020 and was acquired by the Gallery in 2020.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Iwantja Arts (Actor), Iwantja, 'Kaylene Whiskey', p.96-101, Port Melbourne, 2023, 97 (colour illustration).