Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye


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Born: c.1916

Deceased: 1996

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: 'Whole Lot' says Emily, including Alhalkere country and Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) and Kame (Pencil Yam Seed) Dreamtime stories

About Aboriginal artist Emily Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye was a senior custodian for Alhalkere country. She began painting quite late in her life and had first been introduced to silk batik with a group of women from Utopia in 1977. Emily had been working with and exhibiting batik in Australia and abroad between 1977 and 1987 before taking up acrylics on canvas.

Canvas gave Emily and the other artists a greater freedom of expression to experiment with different styles in which to portray their Dreaming stories. Because batik had been the first medium that the artists at Utopia had really experimented with, and it being rather a 'onehit' medium, they developed quite contrasting styles on canvas and Utopian Art now has probably the most diverse range of styles than any other Aboriginal Art region.

Emily's trademark style of superimposed bold gestural dotwork, sometimes overlaying linear patterns derived from Ceremonial body paint designs, would have been technically impossible in batik. In this way, Kngwarreye, as an artist, was able to fully express her country and Dreamings more accurately, as she had been taught.

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Collections

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Allen, Allen and Hemsley, Sydney, New South Wales

Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Artbank, Sydney, New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia

Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

BP Australia

Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Benalla, Victoria

Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown, New South Wales

Carnegie Collection, Melbourne, Victoria

Coventry Collection, Sydney, New South Wales

Delmore Collection, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Donald Kahn collection, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Florida, USA

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria

Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland

The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, Western Australia

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

The Vatican Collection, Vatican City, Rome

University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales

University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales

University of Sydney Union, Sydney, New South Wales

Awards

1992 Australian Artists Creative Fellowship

 

Solo Exhibitions (selection of)

1997 Emily Kngwarreye, Gallery Savah, Sydney, New South Wales
1997 Emily Kame Kngwarreye- Looking Back, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales
1997 The Spirit Sings: Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute Inc., in association with DACOU Aboriginal Art Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
1997 Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Body Paintings Series, Robert Steele Gallery, New York, USA; Anima Gallery, Adelaide, South Australia
1997 Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1998 Major survey Exhibition Emily Kame Kngwarreye- Alhalkere-Paintings from Utopia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland; The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, New South Wales; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Victoria
2001 Emily, Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery, Nicholls, Australian Capital Territory
2007 Emily Kame Kngwarreye: 1916 – 1996, Mbantua Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
2008 Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, National Museum of Art, Osaka, and National Art Centre of Tokyo, Japan in conjunction with the National Museum of Australia, Canberra

 

Group Exhibitions (selection of)

1997 Masterworks: A Classic Collection, Coo-ee Aboriginal Art, Sydney, New South Wales
1997 Emily Kame Kngwarreye and other Fine Works from Utopia, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
1997 Fluent - Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Yvonne Koolmatrie, Judy Watson – XLV, II Esposizione Internationale D'Arte, La Biennale Di Venezia, Venice, Italy
1997 Shimmer: Ada Bird Petyarre, Barbara Weir, Gloria Petyarre, Josie Petrick Kemarre, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Aboriginal Art Galleries of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria
1997 Flagging the Republic, Grafton Regional Gallery, Grafton, New South Wales
1997 Women of Utopia, Phillip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane, Queensland
  Ninteenninetyseven, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales
1997 The Eye of the Storm: Eight Contemporary Indigenous Australian Artists, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, New South Wales
1998 Fluent, Australia's Representative Exhibition at the 47th Venice Biennale. Curator: Hetti Perkins. Toured by Art Gallery of New South Wales
2000 Artists of Utopia, Tandanya, Adelaide, South Australia
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery,Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery'Portland, Oregon; Urban Wine Works, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland, Oregon (Benefit – OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA Exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, Tennessee; Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, Oregon; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland, Oregon; Mary's Woods, Portland Oregon; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland Oregon (Benefit - OHSU Heart Research Centre)
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, Northern Territory

 

Exhibitions of Silk Batik (selection of)

1987 Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Western Australia
1987 Darwin Museum Gallery, Darwin, Northern Territory
1987 Yirrkala Community Centre, Yirrkala, Northern Territory
1987 Jogjakarta Fine Art Academy, Jogjakarta, Indonesia
1987 Sydney Expo, Craft Council Gallery, Sydney, New South Wales
1987 The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, Northern Territory
1988 Time before Time, Austral Gallery, St Louis, Missouri, USA
1988 Painting and Batik from the Desert, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales
1988 Utopia batik, Craft Council Gallery, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1988 Utopia Batik, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, Queensland

 

Further References (selection of)

Brody, A. Utopia Women's Paintings: The first work on canvas, Exhibition Catalogue, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, 1989
Brody, A. Contemporary Aboriginal Art: from the Robert Holmes à Court, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth, 1990
Brody, A. Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes à Court, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth, 1990
Boulter, M. The Art of Utopia, Craftsman House, Roseville, 1991
Caruana, W. Aboriginal Art, Thames and Hudson, 1993
Johnson, V. The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Crafts Wales, 1994
  Emily Kame Kngwarreye: New Directions, Exhibition Catalogue, Utopia, 1994

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