Judy Purvis Kngwarreye

Born: 1962

Language Group: Anmatyerre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik

Subjects: Kame (Pencil Yam Seed Dreaming), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Bush Tucker, Bush Scenes

Judy is the eldest daughter to Greeny Purvis Petyarre (dec) and Kathleen Kemarre. Greeny was senior custodian for Alhalkere country and Judy and her sisters' paintings are associated with this country.

Judy was involved with the Utopia Batik movement and her work features in the Holmes á Court collection. Judy has featured in several group exhibitions since 1977, including shows at Utopia Art, Sydney; the Orange Regional Gallery; the Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA; the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin; Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs and the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

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 which toured Eire and Scotland
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
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Knoxville, TN
2005 Yam Dreaming - Atnwelarre, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT


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