Hazel Morton Kngwarreye

Born: 1964

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik

Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia Validinervia), Alhepalh (Acacia Dictyophleba), Country, Narrative Camp Scenes, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Ilyarn, Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerrampe (Honey Ant), Rainbow Dreaming (Boor-la-da)

Hazel Morton Kngwarreye is the daughter of Katie Kemarre (second wife to Billy Petyarre) and comes from a large extended family. She has had an extensive career as an artist and she began painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1991.

Initially Hazel worked in the medium of batik along with over eighty other women, including many of her family, from the Utopia Region in Central Australia. During this time she was involved with the batik workshops and is represented in the Holmes á Court Collection 'Utopia – A Picture Story', 88 silk batiks, which toured extensively. Hazel was also part of 'A Summer Project' 1988-89. Many of her step sisters, cousins and her sister Janice are also artists for Mbantua Gallery, sharing many of the same stories and a similar style, unique to their large family.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA


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 Utopian Artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 Tyerabarrbowaraou 2, I shall never become a Whiteman, 5 th Havana Biennial, Cuba, & Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2003 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Art and Soul Gallery, Nashville, TN; 'The Cove Gallery' Portland, OR; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2003 Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank in conjunction with Mbantua Gallery, Portland, Oregon USA
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
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2014 Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Further References

Brody, A. 1989, Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Work on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89., cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth
Brody, A. 1990 Utopia, a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd Perth
  1993 Aratjara, Art of the First Australians: Traditional and Contemporary Works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists, exhib. cat. (conceived and designed by Bernard Luthi in collaboration with Gary Lee) Dumont, Buchverlag, Holn
  1991 Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
  1994 Tyerabarrbowaryaou 2 I Shall Never Become a Whiteman, exhib. cat., Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney