Lily Lion Kngwarreye


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Born: 1964

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk

Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia Validinervia), Alhepalh (Acacia Dictyophleba), Alpeyt (Flowers), Country, Narrative Camp Scene, Rainbow Dreaming (Boor-la-da), Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerrampe (Honey Ant)

Lily's work 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; and the Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs. Lily was part of the Robert Holmes á Court exhibition of batik. Lily generally paints using very fine dot work or brush strokes.

Collections

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Exhibitions

1977 Utopia Art, Sydney: the Orange Regional Gallery; Austral Gallery, St Louis, USA Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs
1989 Utopia Women's Paintings, the First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988 -89 SH Ervin Gallery, Sydney
1990 'Utopia – A Picture Story' an exhibition 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
2002 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: New City Merchants, Knoxville, TN; 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; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Portland and Nashville
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
2008 Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo with Coo-ee Art Sydney in conjunction with the opening of the landmark retrospective exhibition Utopia – the Genius of Emily Kngwarreye at the National Art Centre, Tokyo, Japan

 

Further References

Brody, A. 1989 Utopia Women's Paintings: the First Works on Canvas, A Summer School Project 1988-89 exhib. 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
Wallace, D; Desmond, M; Caruana, W. 1991 Flash Pictures, exhib. Cat., National Gallery of Australia Canberra