Life and Death Dreaming

30 x 30cm
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Life and Death Dreaming


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Artist Profile

Glady Kemarre Born: c 1951 Deceased: 2016 Language Group: Anmatyerre Cou…

Artist Profile

Glady Kemarre

Born: c 1951

Deceased: 2016

Language Group: Anmatyerre

Country: Ahalpere, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs

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

Subjects: Anwekety (Conkerberry or Bush Plum), Awelye (Women's Ceremony and Body Paint Designs), Life and Death, Bush Tucker, Narrative hunting & family scenes

Glady Kemarre, a well known Utopia artist, began her career in the late 1970's with the medium of batik. Over 80 other Utopia women participated in this practice for over a decade before the acrylics on canvas movement swept Utopia in the late 1980's. Glady swiftly changed mediums, as did many others, to the ease and liberation of acrylics. Having painted now for us for many years, Glady has become known to us as a fine dot artist with a quiet yet humorous spirit! Though her ability to speak English is not fluent, she is fun to converse with and always has an intelligible glint in her eyes. Glady usually resides with her close relatives Kathleen Ngale, Polly Ngale and Angelina Ngale in Utopia. The art of painting is a very social practice for Glady and the women of her community. Glady rarely paints anything other than the Anwekety Story, whereby fine dot work represents the sweet black conkerberry (anwekety in Glady's native language).


The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

Mbantua Gallery Permanent Collection, Alice Springs

The Holmes á Court Collection, Perth

Awards and Accolades

2008 Centrefold Spread, Mbantua Gallery & Cultural Museum Newsletter, Issue 22


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
1994 Central Australian Aboriginal Art and Craft Exhibition, Araluen Centre, Alice Springs, NT
1998 Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, N.T
2004 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
2014 Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil
2014 Arca Urbana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1997 Emily Kngwarreye, Gallery Savah, Sydney, New South Wales

Further References

Brody, A. 1990, Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes á Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings Ltd, Perth


Artist Name, Artwork Size, Title,


Artist Name:
Glady Kemarre
Artwork Size:
30 x 30cm
Life and Death Dreaming


The background dots in Glady's painting incorporate her Bush Plum Dreaming and forms of food and life giving substances. The bones in this painting represent the human rib, leg and arm bones. It is a very strong Dreaming of how the earth gives life, sustains life and ultimately takes back life.

Located at
Mbantua Alice Gallery

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