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Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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Artist Profile

Emily Kame Kngwarreye was a senior custodian for Alhalkere country. She began pa…

Artist Profile

Artist Profile

Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Born:

c. 1916

Deceased:

1996

Language Group:

Anmatyerre

Country:

Alhalkere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Medium:

Acrylic on Canvas and Linen, Batik on Silk and Cotton

Subjects:

Alhalkere Country, Atnwelarre (Pencil Yam) and Kame (Seed), Untitled

Emily Kame Kngwarreye was a senior custodian for Alhalkere country. She began painting quite late in her life and had first been introduced to silk batik with a group of women from Utopia in 1977. Emily had been working with and exhibiting batik in Australia and abroad between 1977 and 1987 before taking up acrylics on canvas.

Canvas gave Emily and the other artists a greater freedom of expression to experiment with different styles in which to portray their Dreaming stories. Because batik had been the first medium that the artists at Utopia had really experimented with, and it being rather a 'onehit' medium, they developed quite contrasting styles on canvas and Utopian Art now has probably the most diverse range of styles than any other Aboriginal Art region.

Emily's trademark style of superimposed bold gestural dotwork, sometimes overlaying linear patterns derived from Ceremonial body paint designs, would have been technically impossible in batik. In this way, Kngwarreye, as an artist, was able to fully express her country and Dreamings more accurately, as she had been taught.

COLLECTIONS
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Commission, Canberra, ACT
Allen, Allen and Hemsley, Sydney, NSW
Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
Artbank, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
Auckland City Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
BP Australia
Benalla Regional Art Gallery, Benalla, VIC
Campbelltown City Art Gallery, Campbelltown, NSW
EXHIBITIONS
1990
First Solo Exhibition, Utopia Art Stanmore, Sydney, NSW
1994
The Delmore Collection: Selected Exhibition and Survey of Works 1989 - 1995, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1994
The Power of the Line, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
1995
Emily Kame Kngwarreye: paintings from 1989 - 1995, Delmore Collection, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
1996
Blue Paintings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
1996
Emily Kngwarreye, Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1996
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
1997
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Body Paintings Series, Robert Steele Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
1997
The Spirit Sings: Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
1997
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Looking Back, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, NSW
1997
Emily Kngwarreye, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
1998-1999
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Alhalkere - Paintings from Utopia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
2001
Emily, Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery, Nicholls, ACT
2007
Emily Kame Kngwarreye: 1916 - 1996, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
2008
Utopia: the Genius of Emily Kame Kngwarreye, National Museum of Art in Osaka, National Art Centre of Tokyo in Japan, National Museum of Australia in Canberra, ACT
AWARDS
1992
Australian Artists Creative Fellowship
REFERENCES
Brody, A.
(1989) Utopia Women's Paintings The First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89, exhib.cat., Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Boulter, M.
(1991) The Art of Utopia, Craftsman House Press, NSW
Kleinert, S. & Neale, M.
(2000) The Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art and Culture, Oxford University Press, NSW
Johnson, V.
(1993) Twentieth Century Dreaming, Contemporary Aboriginal, Quarterly Journal Vol 1 No 1, December
Isaacs, J.
(1999) Spirit Country, Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Art, Hardie Grant Books ©

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Artist Name:
Emily Kame Kngwarreye
Artwork Size:
188 x 92cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Canvas
Title:
Untitled
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Description

Emily was a senior custodian for Alhalkere country. Her paintings, through gestural brushstrokes, have an underlying theme that she describes in her own words as 'all that country- it's whole lot, everything!' meaning that her paintings were not just a landscape, but also embodied the spiritual and conceptual aspects relating to her country's creation (also known as Dreaming).

The landscape aspects include actual landmarks, vegetation, wildlife and seasonal influences in her country. Spiritual aspects involve the ceremonies (or Awelye in Emily's native language, Anmatyerre) which are performed through singing, body paint and dance. Ancestral rights and obligations in which past, present and future simultaneously co-exist and law is passed from generation to generation, is introduced here. Ceremonies are an expression of a co-existence between Aboriginal people and the earth.

Located at
Mbantua Warehouse