Audrey Morton Kngwarreye


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Born: 1952

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia validinervia), Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Alpeyt (Wild Flowers), Rainbow Dreaming (Boor-la-da), Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerrampe (Honey Ant)

Audrey is the daughter of fellow Utopia artist Mary Morton Kemarre. Her sisters Lucky, Sarah and Ruby Morton are also well known in the Aboriginal art industry. Along with her mother and sisters, Audrey participated in batik workshops that were held in Utopia from 1977 to 1987. Her work is represented in the Holmes á Court Collection which was exhibited extensively within Australia and abroad.

Audrey, like her sisters, paints an extraordinary variety of stories which they say come from two Countries. These countries are Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr of which she belongs to. Audrey can also paint the ceremonial body paint designs belonging to these countries and also her mother's country Antarrengeny.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Exhibitions

1985 The Second National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
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 which toured Eire And Scotland
1990 Contemporary Aboriginal Art from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Harvard University, University of Minnesota, Lake Oswego Centre for the Arts, USA
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 The Eleventh National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy and VlaamsEuropeesch Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1998 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
1998 Exhibition in Art Centre Meerzigt, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
1998 'The Hague Unites the Nation', upon request of the Australian Embassy acting as representatives of Australia, Grote Kerk, The Hague, The Netherlands
1998 Volkenkundig Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1998 Art Gallery 'Culture Store', Rotterdam, The Netherlands
1999 Aboriginal Art Galerie Bahr Exhibition, Germany and catalogue
2002 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Urban Wine Works, Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Art from the Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Hartford and Greenwich
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2005 'Small Wonders' (A collection of 1'x1' and 1'x1½' paintings), Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs