Queenie Lion Kemarre

Queenie Lion Kemarre

Queenie Lion Kemarre

Born: c. 1920

Deceased: 2020

Language Group: Alyawarre

Country: Irrultja and Atnwengerrp, Utopia Region, North East of Alice Springs, Northern Territory

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

Subjects: Awelye (Women's Ceremony), Ntyeny Ngkwarl (Red Mallee Flower), Awele Awele (Bush Tomatoes), Awelye (Women's Ceremony) for Goanna, Scorpion Dreaming

Queenie was 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 à Court collections, for sculpture, painting and batik.
Queenie was a well-known Utopia artist, rarely painting anything other than the body paint designs for women's ceremonies. She lived in the Utopia region with her large extended family.
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
The Holmes à Court Collection, Perth, WA
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
Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Brody, A.
(1990) Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Brody, A.
(1989) Utopia Women's Paintings The First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89,, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Johnson, V.
(1994) The Dictionary of Western Desert Artists, Crafts Wales