Launched on 10 October 2019, the new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga will celebrate Australia’s natural diversity by exclusively featuring 120 contemporary artworks from Balarinji Creative Director and emerging Aboriginal drone artist, Tim Moriarty, in all of its guest rooms.
A Yanyuwa artist residing in Sydney’s North Shore, Moriarty’s work explores contemporary and traditional media through the use of dronography and hand illustration. From an aerial perspective he captures the rawness of nature, revealing unexpected shapes, patterns and colours, juxtaposed with hand-drawn illustrations representing Aboriginal totem stories.
Tim’s artwork traverses the far reaches of Australia, from Tasmania, to the Kimberley, to the Northern Territory and many places in between. Through his unique aesthetic, Moriarty depicts stories of the wildlife of these places, whether it be the tracks, paths or their significance in the natural world.
Tim said, “This collection is a celebration of my love of Country, its natural beauty and the many unique animals found around Australia. Through these pieces I wanted to tell their stories and their intricate relationship to Country.”
“My aim was to create these works as a perfect fit for the new Wildlife Retreat at Taronga as the pieces are about deepening our relationship and emotional connection with animals and nature,” he added.
As a Yanyuwa man, Tim's family is from the remote township of Borroloola in the Northern Territory. While Moriarty grew up in Adelaide and Sydney, he spent much of his childhood with his family in Borroloola. At 15 months of age he was given the skin name Bundian, meaning cheeky brown snake, son of the Rainbow Serpent.
In addition to being an artist, Tim is a classically trained musician. He performed didgeridoo with U2 on the band’s national Vertigo Tour of Australia as well as flute and didgeridoo with the Pembroke Band in concert with James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel and James Galway. In 2016, his digital composition True North premiered at Dark Mofo in Hobart in partnership with pre-eminent Australian conductor Simon Kenway and London-based Australian classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev.
The Wildlife Retreat is Taronga’s first permanent accommodation offering and features 62 premium, stylishly appointed suites, each one exclusively enhanced by Moriarty’s artworks. Owned and operated by the not-for-profit Taronga Conservation Society Australia, the Wildlife Retreat will see funds contributed to Targona’s ongoing animal conservation programs.