Emily Kame Kngwarreye

Emily Kame Kngwarreye

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 fromUtopia 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.
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
First Solo Exhibition, Utopia Art Stanmore, Sydney, NSW
The Delmore Collection: Selected Exhibition and Survey of Works 1989 - 1995, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, NSW
The Power of the Line, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT
Emily Kame Kngwarreye: paintings from 1989 - 1995, Delmore Collection, Parliament House, Canberra, ACT
Blue Paintings, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, VIC
Emily Kngwarreye, Phillip Bacon Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Fire-Works Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Body Paintings Series, Robert Steele Gallery, New York City, NY, USA
The Spirit Sings: Paintings by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide, SA
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Looking Back, Utopia Art Sydney, Sydney, NSW
Emily Kngwarreye, Gallery Savah, Sydney, NSW
Emily Kame Kngwarreye - Alhalkere - Paintings from Utopia, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Emily, Aboriginal Dreamings Gallery, Nicholls, ACT
Emily Kame Kngwarreye: 1916 - 1996, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
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
Australian Artists Creative Fellowship -
Brody, A.
(1989) Utopia Women's Paintings The First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89,, 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 ©