We wandered in after knowing a little of what to expect after reading recommendations, but we were truly blown away by the experience. The gallery and all within is world-class.
Inside this huge building is a series of galleries, all filled with Jeff's incredible paintings including two stunning panoramas - one of Wilpena Pound and the other of Arkaroola. They are not just panoramas but huge canvases.
The centrepiece of the gallery is the 360-degree panorama of Wilpena Pound, as viewed from St Mary Peak/Ngarri Mudlanha. It's a circular painting that allows you the viewer to be in the scene.
For hikers, the climb to the summit at 1171 metres is a challenging one. The peak is also central to the Adnyamathanha creation story and visitors are asked to refrain from climbing beyond Tanderra Saddle. By visiting Jeff's gallery, you can get the same rewarding panoramic views - all you need to do is climb 14 steps to the viewing platform. The views are realistic and the detail in the painting is amazing. There are signs and compass points to guide you to landmarks. You'll become totally immersed in the view, especially with the special background music by Bruce Emsley. This one painting took 4000 hours to complete.
We spent an hour or so exploring the rooms. We sat and relaxed and enjoyed the vistas before us. There's a lot to see and everything is on a grand scale.
Sillers Lookout - 8.5 metres wide, 3 metres high.
Coopers Creek - 6 metres wide, 3 metres high
Ron's Creek - 15 metres wide, 4 metres high
The artworks are quite exceptional as is the enormous collection of minerals, semi-precious stones, gems and fossils. There's room after room of incredible things to look at. A visit to Jeff's gallery is an exploration of the Flinders Ranges. You'll be amazed!
We didn't feel rushed as we moved through the building. There are chairs and complimentary tea and coffee for those who are browsing. There's even little quizzes to spot specific flora and fauna in the artworks. Can you find everything?
In 2020, Jeff was awarded an OAM in the Queen's Birthday Honours for his service to visual arts and the community.
After viewing the gallery, spend a while looking at all the prints and gifts in the shop. There's definitely something there for everyone.
The Jeff Morgan Gallery is located in the South Australian outback town of Hawker, 400 Km from Adelaide. The gallery is open 6 days a week from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday. Closed on Sundays.