Lucky Morton Kngwarreye

Lucky Morton Kngwarreye

Lucky Morton Kngwarreye

Born: 1950

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

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

Subjects: Ilyarnayt (Acacia Flower), Country, Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Alpite (Wild Flowers), Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Rainbow Dreaming, Camp Scene, Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming

Lucky has featured in many group exhibitions since beginning her artistic career in 1977. The oldest daughter of fellow Utopian artist Mary Morton Kemarre, Lucky participated in batik workshops that were held in Utopia from 1977 to 1987 with her mother and younger siblings. Her work is represented in the Holmes à Court Collection which was exhibited extensively within Australia and abroad.
Like most other batik artists living in Utopia, Lucky made the transition to painting in the summer of 1988-9 as part of CAAMA's 'The First works on Canvas, a Summer Project'. With a more adaptable and effortless medium, Lucky continued to paint with acrylics and has traveled both to Sydney and Melbourne for exhibitions featuring her work. Lucky has also worked briefly with wood sculpture.
When Lucky was growing up she attended a bush school near Hatcher's Creek which is North East of Utopia and spent her childhood years growing up around Kurrajong Camp in Utopia and MacDonnell Downs Station. For many years, Lucky has attended Bachelor College in Alice Springs which has seen her travel to Darwin and Tenant Creek for further education.
Lucky paints an extraordinary variety of stories which she says comes from two Countries. These countries are Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arnkawenyerr of which she belongs to. Lucky can also paint the ceremonial body paint designs belonging to these countries and also her mother's country Antarrengeny.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, NSW
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD
Utopia Women's Paintings, the first Works on Canvas, A Summer Project, 1988-1989, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Utopia - A Picture Story, an Exhibition of 88 works on Silk by Utopian artists, Holmes à Court Collection, toured Eire and Scotland
Balance 1990 - Views - Visions - Influences, QAG, Brisbane, QLD
The Eighth National Aboriginal Art Award Exhibition, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Dreamings, Spazio Pitti Arte, Florence, Italy
Exhibition in Art Centre Meerzigt, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
Art Gallery Culture Store, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Regional Galleries Association of Queensland tour, QLD
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
National Museum of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Last of the 20th Century, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Small Wonders, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Narrativa Herióca - Pintura Aborígine do Deserto Australiano - Renaissance Hotel, São Paulo, Brazil
27th Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, NT - Finalist
Brody, A.
(1990) Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Latz, P.
(1995) Bushfires and Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs