Aboriginal Artist Ally Kemarre

Ally Kemarre

Born: c. 1930's

Deceased: 2007

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Anwekety (Conkerbery), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Design)

Ally began painting during the CAAMA - A Summer Project of 1988/89 when acrylic painting was introduced to her home region of Utopia. Though far from prolific, Ally steadily painted up until her death in 2007. Her simplistic paintings reflected the Anwekety, small black conkerberries that grow after good rain. They are found abundantly in certain areas of Utopia, particularly where she called home.

Ally lived in a family community where many members were artists; primarily painting with some sculpture. Some of these family members include Glady Kemarre, Angelina Pwerle and Polly and Kathleen Ngale whom all paint for Mbantua Gallery. With her art, Ally tried to teach the wider world about her paintings and the Anwekety that features in them.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth


1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-89, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 Utopia- A Picture Story, an exhibition of 88 works on Silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia Artists who toured Eire and Scotland
2000 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T, Australia