Sarah Morton Kngwarreye

Sarah Morton Kngwarreye

Sarah Morton Kngwarreye

Born: 1961

Deceased: 2019

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), Camp Scene, Alpite (Wild Flowers), Rainbow Dreaming, Tharrkarr (Sweet Honey Grevillea), Yerrampe (Honey Ant) Dreaming, Imuna (Bush Food), Bush Medicine

Sarah was the third daughter of Utopian artist Mary Morton Kemarre (deceased) and second wife to Louie Pwerle (deceased). Sarah, with her mother and sisters, Lucky, Audrey, Ruby, Janice and Hazel, were all part of the batik workshops in the 1980's at Utopia. Sarah's work is featured in the 'Robert Holmes à Court' exhibition and collection which has toured extensively within Australia and abroad.
Sarah began painting in the summer of 1988-9 as part of the CAAMA project with the Utopia women's paintings: 'The First works on Canvas, A Summer Project'. She continued to paint with acrylics on canvas and has also participated in batik work, and wood sculptures.
Sarah first started painting for Mbantua Gallery in 1990-1. In 2003 she traveled with her sister Lucky to Melbourne for her paintings. Sarah lived at Arnkawenyerr in the Utopia Region with her sisters and extended family. Painting was a part of life for Sarah and she enjoyed doing this when not traveling for her education or participating in cultural business. She attended Bachelor College periodically which saw her travel to Darwin, Tenant Creek and Alice Springs.
Sarah painted a variety of different stories which she said came from two different Countries of which she belonged to. These two countries are Ngkwarlerlaneme and Arkawenyerr. She also painted the ceremonial body paint designs that came from these countries and also her mother's country, Antarrengeny.
Museum of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Mbantua Gallery Collection, Alice Springs, NT
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
Aboriginal Women's Exhibition, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW
ARATJARA - Art of the First Australians Touring: Kunstammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf, Hayward Gallery in London, Louisiana Museum in the USA and Humlebaek in Denmark
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Mbantua Gallery USA exhibitions
Evolution of Utopia - opened by the Honorable Robert Hill, Mbantua Gallery, Alice Springs, NT
Emily and Her Legacy, Hillside Gallery with Coo-ee Art Sydney, Tokyo, Japan
Brody, A.
(1989) Utopia Women's Paintings The First Works on Canvas, A Summer Project 1988-89,, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Brody, A.
(1990) Utopia: a Picture Story, 88 Silk Batiks from the Robert Holmes à Court Collection, Heytesbury Holdings, Perth, WA
Biographical Details
Latz, P.
(1995) Bushfires and Bushtucker, IAD Press, Alice Springs