Dorothy Kunoth Kemarre


Born: c 1953

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Country, Atham-areny Story, Bush Tucker

Dorothy was involved in the batik movement back in the 1970's and 80's with her mum and many other ladies from the Utopia community. She participated in a group exhibition at the Adelaide Fesitval in 1980, and her mother, Rosie Kngwarreye Kunoth, is represented in the Holmes á Court – 'Utopia: A Picture Story' collection of silk batik. Dorothy then took to acrylic on canvas and has been painting ever since.

Like most other women, Dorothy can paint the women's ceremonial body paint designs (Awelye) which she represents through her bright coloured linear brushwork. She also paints stories associated with her country, Ahalpere, including lots of different bush foods that can be found there.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs