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.
Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth
|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|
|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|
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.