Lucky Morton Kngwarreye

Born: 1950

Language Group: Alyawarre

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

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

Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia validinervia), Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Alpeyt (Wild Flowers), Devil Dog, Rainbow Dreaming (Boor-la-da), Ilyarn, Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerrampe (Honey Ant), Narrative Camp Scenes

Lucky has featured in many group exhibitions since beginning her artistic career in 1977. The oldest daughter of fellow Utopian artist Mary Morton Kemarre, Lucky participated in batik workshops that were held in Utopia from 1977 to 1987 with her mother and younger siblings. Her work is represented in the Holmes á Court Collection which was exhibited extensively within Australia and abroad.

Like most other batik artists living in Utopia, Lucky made the transition to painting in the summer of 1988-9 as part of CAAMA's 'The First works on Canvas, a Summer Project'. With a more adaptable and effortless medium, Lucky continued to paint with acrylics and has traveled both to Sydney and Melbourne for exhibitions featuring her work. Lucky has also worked briefly with wood sculpture.

When Lucky was growing up she attended a bush school near Hatcher's Creek which is North East of Utopia and spent her childhood years growing up around Kurrajong Camp in Utopia and MacDonnell Downs Station. For many years, Lucky has attended Bachelor College in Alice Springs which has seen her travel to Darwin and Tenant Creek for further education.

Lucky paints an extraordinary variety of stories which she says comes from two Countries. These countries are Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr of which she belongs to. Lucky can also paint the ceremonial body paint designs belonging to these countries and also her mother's country Antarrengeny.


Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane


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 that toured Eire and Scotland
1990 Balance 1990: views, visions, influences QAG, Brisbane
1991 The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin
1991 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1998 Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy and Vlaams- Eurospeech Conferentiecentrum, Brussels, Belgium
1998 Exhibition in Art Centre Meerzigt, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
1998 Art Gallery 'Culture Store', Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2002 Regional Galleries Association of Queensland tour
2002 Queensland Museum for NAIDOC
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 National Museum of Australia, Canberra
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
2003 Regional Galleries Association of Queensland tour
2004 'Last of the 20th Century', Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibition; Greenwich, Connecticut
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs
2004 Regional Galleries Association of Queensland tour
2005 'Small Wonders' (A collection of 1'x1' and 1'x1½' paintings), Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2005 Regional Galleries Association of Queensland tour
2014 Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



2010 Finalist - The 27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award (NATSIAA)


Further References

Brody, A. Utopia: a Picture Story, 99 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes a Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, 1990.
Latz, P. Bushfires and Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs, 1995.