Katie Kemarre


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Born: 1943

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Silk Batik, Wood Sculpture

Subjects: Apeng (Kurrajong) Dreaming, Amern Ngkweyang (Kurrajong seed), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Pwenty (Men's Ceremony), Antarrengeny Country, Camp Scenes

Prior to painting, Katie participated in the 'Utopia - A Picture Story' exhibition featuring silk batik works by 88 Utopian artists, which toured internationally. During 1988 and 1989, Katie was involved with the Summer Project, which introduced many Utopian's into the art of painting. It didn't take long before painting was a huge hit and the artists moved entirely from batik work into acrylic on canvas and linen. Katie's work evolves continually which reflects the nature of Katie's personality and tribe. Katie occasionally dabbles in wood carvings for art purposes where she has experience in creating wooden artifacts, such as bowls, for her community.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide

National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

The Kelton Foundation, Santa Monica, USA

Exhibitions

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
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1993 The Tenth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1994 Yiribana, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
2002 Group Exhibition, 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; Contemporary Aboriginal Art Event, Umpqua Bank, Portland OR; Mary's Woods, Portland OR; Art From The Dreamtime, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR
2004 Last of the 20th Century, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Portland, Nashville, Knoxville, Greenwich and New York
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, NT, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill

 

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
Aratjara 1993, 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, Koln.
Neale, M. 1994, Yiribana, exhib.cat., Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW 1991, Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, exhib. Cat. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney