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MB037591

Anwekety (Conkerberry)

Medium
Acrylic on Linen
Size
240 x 180cm
Year Painted
2008
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MB037591

Anwekety (Conkerberry)

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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).

Collections

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

Exhibitions

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

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Artist Name:
Glady Kemarre
Artwork Size:
240 x 180cm
Medium:
Acrylic on Linen
Year Painted:
2008
Title:
Anwekety (Conkerberry)
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

The conkerberry (or conkleberry) known as Anwekety or bush plum to Glady, is a sweet black berry that is favoured by desert aboriginals. They only grow on the plant (Carissa lanceolata) for a few weeks of the year, however Glady's people collect plenty of them and store them dry, soaking them in water again before being consumed. The plant of the conkerberry is a tangled, spiny shrub that can grow up to 2m high. After rain fragrant white flowers bloom. This plant also bares medicinal properties. The orange inner bark from the roots can be soaked in water and the resultant solutions can be used as a medicinal wash. This is particularly favoured for skin and eye conditions. The thorns on the shrub can be used to cure warts.

Glady paints the conkerberry (dot work). In Anmatyerre the conkerberry is called Anwekety. This fruit looks very similar to a plum and is often referred to in English by Glady as a 'bush plum'. In the Dreamtime, winds blew from all directions, carrying the Anwekety seed over Glady's ancestors' land. The first Anwekety of the Dreamings then grew, bore fruit and dropped more seeds. Many winds blew the seeds all over the Dreaming lands.

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Kate Owen Gallery (KO1)

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