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MB014606

Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

Medium
Acrylic on Linen
Size
90 x 90cm
Year Painted
2002
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MB014606

Awelye (Women's Ceremony)

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Artist Profile

Queenie Lion Kemarre Born: c. 1920 Language Group: Alyawarre Country: Irr…

Artist Profile

Queenie Lion Kemarre

Born: c. 1920

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Irrweltye and Atnwengerrp , Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

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

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Red Mallee, Bush Tomato, Night Bird and Intjingya (Tree, Flower, Seed and Leaf) Dreamings

Queenie is a senior woman of the Alyawarre speakers. She was involved with the summer canvas project of 1988-9 and earlier with the introduction of batik workshops at the Utopia community. Queenie is represented in the Holmes á Court collections, for sculpture, painting and batik.

Today, Queenie is a well known Utopia artist, rarely painting anything other than the body paint designs for women's ceremonies. She still lives in the Utopia region with her large extended family.

Collections

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

Museum of Victoria, Melbourne

The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Exhibitions

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 of 88 works on silk from the Holmes á Court Collection by Utopia artists which toured Eire and Scotland
1991 Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
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; Mary's Woods, Portland, OR
2004 Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions: Tennessee
2004 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, N.T, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2005 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, N.T, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill
2006 Evolution of Utopia, Mbantua Gallery Cultural Museum, Alice Springs, N.T, opened by the Honorable Robert Hill

Further References

Brody, A. A Summer Project, 1988-89, exhib. cat. Heytesbury Holdings, Perth 1990
Brody, A. Utopia: a Picture Story 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth
Johnson V. 1994 The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Craftsman House, East Roseville, New South Wales

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Artist Name:
Queenie Lion Kemarre
Artwork Size:
90 x 90cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Linen
Year Painted:
2002
Title:
Awelye (Women's Ceremony)
Free Shipping Worldwide!:
This painting on linen will be shipped in a cylinder to you free of charge, worldwide! An option to have this painting 'stretched' onto a wooden frame may be available. If selected, further charges will apply and will be calculated at checkout.

Description

This painting represents Awelye (Women's Ceremony) associated with the stories from Queenie's countries, Atnwengerrp and Irrweltye.

The linear designs in Queenie's painting represent the ceremonial body paint designs. These designs are painted onto the chest, breasts, arms and thighs of the women. Powders ground from ochre (clays), charcoal and ash are used as body paint and applied with a flat stick with soft padding. The women sing the songs associated with their Awelye as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted-up'.

Women perform Awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.

Red ochre and white are the true colours that are used for Queenie's ceremonies.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery (MGA)

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